Beltane Fellow: 1 Jan 2014-30 June 2014
Eugénia is a Portuguese sociologist trained at the Universities of Coimbra (Portugal) and York (UK). Her research interests are located in the fields of environmental sociology, and science and technology studies with a focus on environmental monitoring, public engagement and the use of ICTs in environmental assessments. In STIS she’s currently developing research on the ‘Politics of Monitoring’ together with other colleagues from SSPS (the School of Social and Political Science). This is a 3-year ESRC-funded project examining both the determinants and the implications of monitoring policies across three key policy areas: climate change, immigration control and defence procurement over a 20-year period (1994-2014). Eugénia is leading the case study on monitoring climate change.
Her project with Beltane seeks to develop a new approach to ‘Citizen Science’ (CS) initiatives in an effort to improve the experiences of CS ‘users’. Her aim is to reach participants (citizens), academics, practitioners and officials who have been involved in activities classed as CS. Through events designed to obtain a better understanding of what the actors involved see as the benefits of engaging in CS, Eugénia expects to contribute to an improved CS practice as well as a widened awareness of the advantages (and pitfalls) of involving ‘citizen scientists’ in the production of scientific knowledge. This experiment in public engagement will lead to the launch of an online collaborative resource on CS, conceived by and for the CS community.