Politics of Openness: Dilek Fraisl on Citizen Science Generated Data

In the first episode of the new podcast "Politics of Openness" Katja Mayer and Dilek Fraisl discuss Citizen Science Generated Data and their benefits for the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the challenges of participatory knowledge production.

In this episode, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Dilek Fraisl, researcher with the Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES) Research Group at the IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis Program. As Managing Director of the Citizen Science Global Partnership and a Consultant to the United Nations Development Program, Dilek brings a wealth of knowledge in data ecosystems, governance, and sustainability transitions. Today, we dive deep into the world of citizen science generated data, exploring how non-scientists actively participate in research by collecting data and contributing observations.  We discuss the role of citizen science in supporting SDG indicators, highlighting specific geopolitical contexts where these initiatives have made significant impacts. We also cover the process of participatory data collection, the integration of such data into systematic analyses and the routines of statistical offices, and the broader implications for policy and global sustainability goals. Join us to uncover the transformative potential of citizen science in tackling global challenges, detailed in Dilek’s recent publications and related links all collected here:


Dilek Fraisl: fraisl@iiasa.ac.at