Inclusive Spaces 2.0
school, space, blocks
The project overview
In the project ‚Inclusive Spaces 2.0: My School, My Block’, young citizen scientists explored the social spaces of their schools and neighbourhoods with regard to constructions of difference(s). Furthermore, the project had the following aims: Young citizen scientists should participate at all stages of the project (1). All young persons involved, regardless of their German language skills or institutional perceptions of their abilities, should have the opportunity to fully participate in the project (2). By researching in such an inclusive and empowering way the project wanted to foster the ‚critical spatial thinking’ of the participants (Elwood et al. 2016).
How did citizen scientists participate?
In line with the project aims, young and adult researchers developed a multi-methodical research design that combined electronic media technologies and creative methods stemming from anthropology and applied theatre (Anderson et al. 2015). This inclusive design made the participation of all researchers possible – especially in data collection: The young researchers produced data via drone flights, digital and analogue mapping, photo-voice and performative research based on the concept of applied theatre.
What happened to the contributions of Citizen Scientists?
The data was jointly analysed and the results as well as the research processes were presented to a broad audience of stakeholders from the areas of education and community at the project’s final conference. Furthermore, the research results were published in scientific articles.
Participating and supporting institutions
- queraum. cultural and social research (project leader)
- C&T, University of Worcester (project partner)
- University of Vienna, Department of Education (project partner)
- NMS & JHS Konstanziagasse (project partner school)
- GTEMS/NMS Anton-Sattler-Gasse (project partner school)
- Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (project funding)