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Citizen science for the food system

Reynolds, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1073-7394, Oakden, L., West, S., Pateman, R. M., Elliott, C., Armstrong, B., Gillespie, R. and Patel, M. (2021). Citizen science for the food system. In: Cohen, K. and Doubleday, R. (Eds.), Future Directions for Citizen Science and Public Policy. (pp. 55-69). Cambridge, UK: Centre for Science and Policy. ISBN 978-0-9932818-1-5


The food system is hugely complex, encompassing many different actors, geographic areas and cultural contexts. Although the citizen science literature related to food and food systems is concentrated primarily on a few key areas of this complex system (i.e. on health and food production); citizen science has the potential to help address many grand challenges related to food and agriculture.

In this chapter we make use of multiple desk-based reviews of the literature, and draw on our own experiences of citizen science projects. We provide examples of existing citizen science projects in the UK (as well as global initiatives) that can be adapted for use to help address food policy areas of research interest. We conclude that making use of citizen science approaches in food policy reseaarch can help the transition toward a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system.

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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > TX Home economics
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology > Food Policy
Date available in CRO: 23 Jun 2021 08:07
Date deposited: 23 June 2021
Date of first online publication: 22 June 2021
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