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The Policy Uptake of Citizen Sensing

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The Policy Uptake of Citizen Sensing

9781800882591 Edward Elgar Publishing
Anna Berti Suman, Dutch Research Council postdoctoral researcher, The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 259 1 Extent: c 264 pp
‘Citizen Sensing’, the practice in which grassroots actors use sensor technology for environmental monitoring, is increasingly entering the debate around environmental risk governance. This groundbreaking book explores the potential for citizen sensing to concretely influence the governance of environmental risks to public health by shaping policy responses implemented by competent institutions.

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‘Citizen Sensing’, the practice in which grassroots actors use sensor technology for environmental monitoring, is increasingly entering the debate around environmental risk governance. This groundbreaking book explores the potential for citizen sensing to concretely influence the governance of environmental risks to public health by shaping policy responses implemented by competent institutions.

Taking a unique perspective that combines the elements of risk, technology, the grassroots-drive and distrust, Anna Berti Suman analyses which factors contribute to the policy uptake of community-led citizen sensing. She frames the study through the voices of the citizen sensing participants interviewed in her fieldwork, incorporating both theoretical reflections and ethnography into a mixed-methods approach. The book offers novel insights into the advantages and drawbacks of the reliance on citizen sensing by institutional actors and highlights the need for further research in this area.

Academics working in environmental law and risk governance will find the research and findings contained in this book both interesting and timely. It will also be of practical use to policy makers and practitioners, as well as citizen sensing communities that wish to make their monitoring practices more influential.
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‘Anna Berti Suman has written a remarkable book about the policy uptake of grassroots citizen sensing. With great insight, Berti Suman extends our thinking with respect to the notions of citizen sensing, policy uptake, and risk governance. Her point about “integration dilemma” will be of interest to readers in public policy studies, environmental studies, and disaster studies. This book will change the way academics, policymakers and citizen sensing practitioners think about communication between citizens and institutional actors in Europe and beyond.’
– Yasuhito Abe, Komazawa University, Japan

‘In The Policy Uptake of Citizen Sensing, Anna Berti Suman utilises her unique interdisciplinary point of view to provide an important and very timely contribution. This draws on her in-depth knowledge of the legal, public policy, science and technology, and participatory action research aspects of participatory sensing of the environment. This book is an invaluable contribution to the areas of citizen science and participatory research, and especially for those who want to assist policy-makers in including more participatory approaches in their evidence gathering and use.’
– Muki Haklay, University College London, UK

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