The CELL and the Museum of Natural History are partners in a citizen science project on gardens in Luxembourg.
This 12 month participatory research pilot project, of “citizen science” type, plans to do the follow-up of 30 gardens, as a representative sample of community gardens in Luxembourg.
The targeted gardens types are:
– collectively managed gardens
– the city allotments (partially made up by individual plots and a common plot)
– local commune gardens: set of common plots on the same ground
Actively involve the citizens
The main objective is to actively involve the citizens in the formulation of the research questions, to develop a common method of investigation with the citizens to best answer their raised questions (emergence and thematic selection) concerning their own garden, to interest and train them in data collection and data entry.
In the next step, comparative analyzes will be undertaken (on each specialized research question) on data collected by and with the citizens.
Identification of issues and success factors
In the last step, the aim is to identify issues and success factors to a) get citizens involved in participatory research as soon as research questions are defined b) operate an interdisciplinary team based on citizens’ questions.