Profiling European citizen scientist: Evidence from Poland

Bogna Gawronska-Nowak, Piotr Lis, Olha Zadorozhna, Anita Zarzycka

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This article investigates the profile of citizen scientists in Poland who
actively participated in a project to inform the Polish government's strategic
objectives for 2050. While citizen science, involving public collaboration in
scientific research, has been extensively studied in various countries, a notable
gap exists in understanding the characteristics of citizen scientists in Poland.
Employing a methodology that integrates both qualitative and quantitative
approaches, the study utilises a collaborative survey and online deliberations to
gain insights into the profiles of Polish citizen scientists. The article's primary
focus is on delineating the demographics of Polish citizen scientists and
comparing them to the characteristics of their peers’ established profiles in other
European countries. Intriguingly, our analysis reveals that the environment and
green transition theme predominantly attracted male citizen scientists, deviating
from prevailing literature that typically associates environmental citizen science
with higher female involvement. Additionally, the key findings suggest a portrait
of Polish citizen scientists as an older, educated cohort with a discernible concern
for societal issues. The article emphasises the importance of these insights for shaping the landscape of citizen science in Poland and provides guidance for
similar future initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281 - 295
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of International Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the ISEED project titled "Inclusive Science and European Democracies" (2021-2024) in the frame of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the grant agreement number 960366 and project titled "Operationalization of the Development Management System for Poland. Improvement and introduction of innovative and effective solutions to the socio-economic and spatial system" as part of long-term development policy programming (GOSPOSTRATEG-III/0032/2020-00 - PL2050) cofunded by the National Centre for Research and Development within the Strategic Research and Development Programme ‘Social and economic development of Poland in the conditions of globalising markets’ – GOSPOSTRATEG.


  • Poland
  • citizen science
  • development strategy
  • demographic analysis


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