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Citizen Science for Urban Environment and Health

Objective

Scientific evidence about the negative health effects of urban environmental exposures is mounting. Yet key scientific gaps exist. Surveys show that citizens are increasingly concerned about the consequences of these exposures on their own health, and are engaged in data collection and activism efforts around problems such as urban mobility and air and noise pollution. These concerns, along with the availability of affordable crowd-sensing and data processing technologies that allow citizens to measure environmental and health parameters, make environmental epidemiology studies an ideal, yet underexplored opportunity to develop citizen science projects. Enabling collaboration between researchers and citizens to generate solid, unbiased scientific evidence of local relevance can reduce existing information gaps. It can empower people to contribute to novel and bottom-up research agendas, interventions and co-creation of public policies.
The aim of the Citizen Science Project on Urban Environment and Health (CitieS-Health) is to develop an effective citizen science model at the maximum collaboration level. The project will develop citizen science projects in five diverse European cities (Barcelona, Kaunas, Ljubljana, Amsterdam, Lucca), assessing urban air and noise pollution, wood burning, urban design and mobility at local levels. An innovative aspect of CitieS-Health is studying the link between these exposures and health impacts. Citizens will participate in defining research questions, designing and implementing studies, and analysing, interpreting and communicating results. The projects will inform the first open toolkit for the development and promotion of citizen science projects in urban environment and health. The project will also co-design a set of governance principles and procedures to allow participants control over project data and outcomes, and will contribute indicators to assess the project's impacts on different sectors.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2018-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA
Address
C Rossello 132 Planta 05
08036 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 389 625

Participants (5)

IDEAS 3493 SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
Ronda Universitat 33 1 1B
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETA PER L EPIDEMIOLOGIA E LAPREVENZIONE GIULLIO A MACCACARO IMPRESA SOCIALE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 325 000
Address
Via Francesco Nullo 19
20129 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 314 625
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 329 625
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 321 625
Address
K Donelaicio G 58
44248 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments