Citizen sciences: generating GeoStories as epistemic maps

The central interest in this research project is to evidence the complex ecologies of knowers and knowledges which constitute CS practices, and which are convened to respond to situated social-ecological risks. Entangled in this are deep interests in strengthening epistemic, contributory and distributive justices as manifest within CS. The entirety of the project design process emerges from the foregrounding of this ethical interest. This research is designed to support commoning as a “way of not only being in the world but also of becoming” which are “realised in processes of transformative praxis in collective learning settings” (Lotz-Sisitka, 2017:69). This includes the freedom to choose which knowledge to build, when, how to go about producing such knowledge, and importantly, how such knowledge might be leveraged in response to situated and collective social-ecological risks. We will be working with a range of citizen scientists to generate counter-hegemonic, decolonial geo-stories which bring to the fore, processes and practices of common knowledge production, and the ways in which diverse knowledge are being leveraged in response to social-ecological risks.

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Decolonising Research and Addressing Inequalities
Location: south africa
Principal Investigator: Priya Vallabh
Co-Investigators: Sheraine van Wyk
Host Organisation: Whale Coast Conservation
Duration: 12 months