Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens

Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research
When Jan 26, 2022
from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Microsoft Teams
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Network for Educational Action Research Ireland | Notes from Winter  NEARIMeet 23 January 2021The first in our lineup of great speakers for the Geographic and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series this semester will be Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller of the UofL College of Education and Human Development, and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa.

Mary will present on "Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens: Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research."

Action to address the global climate crisis requires broad community engagement as both consumers and as citizens. As researchers and educators, it’s our responsibility to insure that this kind of participation is informed by robust scholarship, but we must also seek to address the questions and issues of greatest concern to our communities.

This kind of citizen-led science will only be effective in creating positive change, however, if we have science-led citizens. Unfortunately, recent experience with the pandemic, as with the climate crisis, has made it clear that there are significant barriers in achieving this goal.

Participatory Action Research can be used to involve community members as active and informed partners by combining popular education, community-based research, and activism. This presentation will provide an overview of PAR and discuss specific examples of how this approach is being used to address the climate crisis locally and globally.