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Sapelli to tackle illegal cattle invasions for the Ju/‘hoansi of Nyae Nyae Conservancy, NA

This is a guest post by Megan Laws, who have recently used Sapelli in Namibia: During the first few weeks of my fieldwork among the Ju/‘hoansi of Nyae Nyae Conservancy, Namibia, I was asked by ‡Oma Tsamkxao, a local Ju/‘hoan field guide, to assist him in putting together a funding proposal. The funding proposal was for … Continue reading

Engaging Local Communities in Conservation Research

The sun is getting low on the horizon, and after five long hours of hiking up and down the hilly landscape of the Lefini Reserve in the heat of the day, Maximain, our guide, decides it is time to set-up camp for the night. However, we’ve been following a path made by a group of … Continue reading

Extreme Citizen Science in Qualitative Inquiry 2.0 paper

A new paper by Uwe Flick, which is based on keynote address at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (May 2014, Urbana–Champaign). The paper, titled ‘Qualitative Inquiry—2.0 at 20?: Developments, Trends, and Challenges for the Politics of Research’ appeared in Qualitative Inquiry. The abstract of the paper provide an overview of the field over 20 years: After 20 … Continue reading

VGI and indigenous knowledge – COST Energic Video

Our work with groups in the Congo-basin is now appearing in a video that was produced by the European Network exploring Research into Geographic Information Crowdsourcing (COST ENERGIC)

WARMING UP IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

I am now back from my second fieldtrip to the Ashaninka people from Amônea River. The first fieldtrip was in January, in which I started the free, prior and informed consent process with the community. In that occasion, I presented the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group to them and we talked about possibilities of collaboration. … Continue reading

ExCiteS in press

Just a quick one from me, but we’re delighted to report that the newly published fourth edition of Wiley’s popular GIS textbook Geographic Information Science and Systems features an example of some of our work in the Congo Basin. Here we are in full-colour, double-page glory:            

Quando i cittadini fanno ricerca

Nel corso degli ultimi anni i cittadini hanno avuto la possibilità di giocare un ruolo prezioso nel contribuire a progetti condotti in collaborazione con università, enti pubblici e associazioni non governative. Questo tipo di attività si è diffusa principalmente a partire dal mondo anglosassone dove è conosciuta con diversi nomi come citizen science, collaborative research, … Continue reading

“A different perspective” in the Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) online magazine

The following piece was written for the GiGLer, the newsletter of Greenspace information for Greater London (GiGL).  In this (very) short piece, I’m explaining the approach that we use at ExCiteS to understand ecology, environmental volunteering and what knowledge we can extract by using environmental data collected by citizens. Thanks to the data collections provided by GiGL, … Continue reading

Call for Papers – GIS and the Anthropocene: Educational Perspectives

Abstracts are invited for a session jointly sponsored by the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) and the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers International Conference 2015. The conference runs between 2nd – 4th September, 2015 at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus in Exeter, Devon. “GIS and … Continue reading

British Ecological Society and Société Française d’Écologie Joint Annual Meeting 2014: An Overview

This year marked the first ever joint annual meeting between British Ecological Society and Société Française d’Écologie held in Lille (France) which featured an interesting array of speakers from a wide spectrum of specialist areas in ecology. The programme included a collection of sessions, symposiums, lunchtime workshops, poster sessions and special interest group meetings which … Continue reading

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