Chapter 11: The transdisciplinary potential of citizen science
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This chapter explores the transdisciplinary potential of citizen science as a transformative practice for all those involved. Drawing on a comparison, and an understanding, of the similarities between transdisciplinarity and citizen science as transformative ethical practices that integrate knowledge and also integrate people in science, the chapter includes three innovative case studies to illustrate what we mean by transformative ethical practices. The chapter presents a framework to help explain the transdisciplinary potential of citizen science using four different categories of citizen science: Crowdsourcing; distributed intelligence; co-created citizen science; and community-led citizen science. The chapter maps the practices of knowledge production and participant integration across disciplinary, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary interactions. The chapter concludes by articulating the crucial importance of catalysing the potential impact of citizen science by focussing on transdisciplinary approaches. As the field continues to develop, citizen science can move towards transdisciplinarity, since this is where it has the potential to truly have societal impact and to challenge the status quo.

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