I am currently a full-time PhD student at the Institute of Educational Technology and am supervised by Dr Richard Holliman, Professor Eileen Scanlon and Dr Ann Jones.
The title of my thesis is 'Online citizen science projects: an exploration of motivation, contribution and participation' and I am preparing to submit in September 2014.
Before going back to full-time study, I worked in a number of different areas within the commercial sector including corporate communication, science communication (including media work), regulatory affairs and corporate social responsibility.
I have an academic background in biological anthropology, but have gradually moved into the area of 'science and society'.
MA (Hons) Biological Anthropology, St John's College, University of Cambridge, 1992
MPhil Human Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University, 1995
MSc Science and Society (with distinction), Open University, 2009
Science and Society
online citizen science
Science-based comuter games
public participation in science
Online citizen science projects: an exploration of motivation, contribution and participation
Citizen science projects enable non-specialist individuals to become directly involved in large-scale scientific projects and to address authentic research problems with professional scientists. Advances in digital technology, particularly the rise of the internet and improvement in scientific instrumentation, data generation and storage (the 'data deluge') have lead to the development of citizen science projects that are conducted entirely online with particicpants analysing data provided by professional scientists. There are over one hundred of these projects and tens of thousands of 'citizen scientists' currently participate. However, there are aspects of participation that are poorly understood. For example, who do these projects appeal to, why do people take part, and are there different ways that people can participate. I am exploring some of these questions as part of my PhD research, as well as investigating how communities of citizen scientists inetract online, both with each other, and with the scientists who set up and manage these projects.
I have explored three online citizen science projects in detail.
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I enjoy running, music, hiking, travel, general science.
last updated 03-Jul-2014