The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
Prof Jacqueline Goldin has a strong academic and extensive empirical background. As a ‘numerate’ anthropologist, she has conducted many large scale and smaller household poverty surveys and numerous long term and short term evaluations across government and community projects and programmes covering a wide range of development topics. Jaqui is dedicated to participatory research with a strong focus on gender and on youth. She works extensively on human development and well-being and the interconnections between humans and their environment. Her most recent research is on citizen science and narrowing the divide between science and society through appropriate and cost effective technology with the aim of achieving a more just society. She uses the concept of the living lab which is about the co-creation of knowledge and the emancipatory nature of research. Prof is Associate Professor Extra-Ordinary in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape a position that is held under the UNESCO Chair for Groundwater and Society
We present findings from a current project in the Hout Catchment, Limpopo Province in South Africa, adding value to current discourse on citizen science (CS) and science innovation proposing that citizen science narrows the gap between technical expertise and concerns of social justice and research integrity. We propose a citizen science framework that builds on ideas of the living lab, trust and research integrity – building a new science platform. The idea of research integrity is not only about ethics but also about methods and we propose participatory methods that are in inclusive, just and fair. The frame presents the idea of water literacy – where the material or ‘science’ aspects of CS (dip-meters, rain gauges etc) intersect with the more intangible goods that have to do with human well-being. Considering CS within the frame of feminist philosophy, it is personally transformative with the element of ‘surprise’ that the end point is undetermined – and the process, however much ‘planned’ is unknown. CS in this instance is a powerful emancipatory tool that is able to generate virtuous cycles of inclusion and equality and contribute to innovative solutions in the realm of science.