Citizen Science in the Neighbourhoods
How it works
Through several of the Office’s citizen science projects residents and neighbours from different areas of Barcelona conduct actual research that has a direct impact on the neighbourhood. In this programme, the teams join the programme and act as the nucleus for project meetings, preparation and discussion that involved various groups.
The neighbours, the schools, the scientific community and local entities are the principal protagonists of the research conducted under this program. Thanks to these groups, Citizen Science in the Neighbourhoods demonstrates a commitment to reinforce the practices of participatory research that addresses the concerns of the people of Barcelona.
Citizen Science in the Neighbourhoods includes a common procedure, with the following steps:
Addressing a challenge. A social, environmental or health concern that affects the neighbourhood and that mobilizes civic centres, educational centres and various groups. Formulating a research question or a hypothesis.
Data Collection. Fieldwork and analysis in order to answer the initial question using tools, resources and support of existing citizen science projects.
Results and interpretation. The results are analysed collectively, including the contributions of other citizen science projects.
Action. The research process is presented to the public, along with recommendations for the adoption of new policies that respond effectively to the concern that has motivated the investigation.
This neighbourhood, located on the seafront and which is subjected to enormous levels of tourist and recreational activity, faces the challenge of protecting the marine environment from human impact.
Barceloneta Civic Centre
Residents of the neighbourhood and students of the Mediterrània School, the Sant Joan Baptista School, the La Salle School and the Narcís Monturiol Institute.
Located in the heart of the city, the New Left Eixample neighbourhood has the challenge of reconciling mobility with the well-being and health of the people who live and work there.
Urgell Civic Centre
Residents of the neighbourhood and students of the Instituto Ernest Lluch (secondary education).
This neighbourhood of diverse urban zoning included residential areas and major sports facilities, such as those of Football Club Barcelona, and scientific facilities such as those located on the University of Barcelona campus.
Joan Oliver - Pere Quart Civic Centre
Residents of the neighbourhood
Bordering the town of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, this neighbourhood is historically linked to water since it is located on the bank of the Besós River and the Rec Comtal canal once flowed through it.
Bon Pastor Civic Centre.
Residents of the neighbourhood and students of the Bon Pastor School.
This neighbourhood is a testament to the ecological recovery of the Besós River, which in the last century one of the most polluted in Europe, and the creation of the Fluvial Park of the Besós in its lower section.
Baró de Viver Civic Centre.
Residents of the neighbourhood and students of the Dr. Puigvert Institute (secondary education) and the L’Esperança School.