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Community operational research and citizen science: two icons in need of each other?

Gregory, Amanda J.; Atkins, Jonathan P.



Citizen Science attracts a lot of positive attention and a convenient alignment with it might offer multiple benefits for Community Operational Research. But what would be the basis for such an alignment? Could it offer important reciprocal benefits for Citizen Science? We address our first question by conducting a systematic comparison of Community Operational Research and Citizen Science to reveal points of commonality and difference between the two. Having established the basis for alignment, we then address our second question by exploring how alignment might be realised at micro, meso and macro levels. Through this exploration, we highlight opportunities for Community Operational Research to avail itself of Citizen Science's proximity to policy makers, and we make available to Citizen Science some approaches from Community Operational Research for structuring issues and dealing with contestable knowledge claims.


Gregory, A. J., & Atkins, J. P. (2018). Community operational research and citizen science: two icons in need of each other?. European journal of operational research, 268(3), 1111-1124.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2017
Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 14, 2019
Journal European journal of operational research
Print ISSN 0377-2217
Electronic ISSN 0377-2217
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 268
Issue 3
Pages 1111-1124
Keywords Community operational research; Citizen science; Problem structuring methods; OR in environment and climate change; Systems thinking
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in European journal of operational research, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.
Contract Date Aug 17, 2017


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