What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science is a participatory research practice that draws upon members of the community in research sites. Local residents are trained as citizen scientists who develop and implement the research methods and analyse data, often conducting interviews with policy-makers, community leaders and other residents. They use their own knowledge of the local area to inform, influence and shape the direction of research.

This collaborative approach ensures local knowledge is embedded in the research findings. Moving forward, citizen scientists are engaged in co-designing effective policy recommendations to propose new pathways to prosperity. 

The IGP draws upon citizen science in many of its projects and is current developing a Citizen Science Charter.