The D-NOSES Approach: Exploring and co-creating the interlinks and mutual benefits of combining Citizen Science & Living Labs methodologies
BACKGROUND/HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE WORKSHOP
D-NOSES is a highly ambitious EU H2020 project that is building a Citizen Observatory to literally put odour pollution on the map by scaling up from local to global levels using citizen science and co-creation strategies.
With a high-class transdisciplinary consortium from odour experts to social scientists, D-NOSES involves a quadruple helix of stakeholders in each pilot case study using the Extreme Citizen Science model – with a highly inclusive approach to engage participants regardless its literacy and socio-economic levels, cultural background, gender, etc. D-NOSES promotes dialogue and transparency amongst all actors to co-create local solutions to odour pollution issues.
Arising from the D-NOSES approach and experience, we believe citizen science and living labs have much more to share and construct together – with a space for exploration and the co-creation of interlinks for new opportunities to arise that we aim to convey in the proposed workshop.
MAIN AIM / OBJECTIVE
Participants will be part of a co-creation initiative for building up innovative ways of combining citizen science and living labs methodologies to tackle socio-environmental issues. First, participants will get to know the D-NOSES approach regarding citizen science, our stakeholder engagement model, co-creation strategies, and potential for social innovation.
From this approach, using different co-creation techniques, participants will be inspired to explore how citizen science and living labs initiatives can complement each other – building up new knowledge on the field from their expertise to support projects in place while constructing innovative solutions to be applied to further initiatives.
BRIEF OUTLINE / METHODOLOGY
Interactive explanations of the D-NOSES approach using theoretical aspects illustrated by practical examples from its case studies described above will be combined with participatory and co-creation exercises, design thinking, user stories and much more in order to co-create the interlinks and potential of citizen science and living labs for improving socio-environmental issues.
Ms. Rosa Arias is the D-NOSES Coordinator, creator of the OdourCollect App and CEO & Founder of Science for Change. After more than 12 years of expertise as an odour expert, she has developed an innovative methodology to co-create alternative solutions to odour pollution through citizen science and participatory strategies.
Nora Salas Seoane
Social Sciences Researcher
Nora Salas SeoaneSocial Sciences Researcher
Ms. Nora Salas Seoane is the Social Sciences Researcher of the D-NOSES project and COO and Social Researcher in Science for Change. Her background as a Psychologist and Anthropologist helps her to undergo community engagement and participatory and co-creation strategies within D-NOSES. She also holds expertise in mainstreaming gender
Ms. Louise Francis is the Co-founder of Mapping for Change, a social enterprise spin-out from University College London. Louise has over 15 years of experience developing and leading projects centred on participatory mapping; community engagement and citizen science programmes on topics spanning local pollution monitoring to planning, from exploring issues of accessibility to looking at citizenship and social housing issues, all focusing on inclusivity in their development and design. Louise’s research interest is in the role of participatory mapping, VGI and citizen science has in generating positive environmental and social change
María AlonsoEngagement Activities
Ms. María Alonso has an academic background in environmental science and rural development, María has been instrumental in a number of participatory sustainable development and livelihood improvement programmes. She has more than ten years experience working for NGOs and Social Enterprises across Europe in projects ranging from sustainable mobility to short food supply chains. Maria leads the engagement activities on behalf of Mapping for Change within the D-NOSES project.