April, 2024

April, 2024

Welcome the 14th edition! We are glad to present the first three Briefs from our Policy Brief Series “Promoting Deliberative Participation in Europe”. The Series consists of nine Briefs, each formulating a set of policy recommendations based on ISEED research results on the roles of science, technology and the importance of citizen engagement in democratic deliberation.

Valuing Citizen Engagement in Science Governance  

Chiara Lovati and Eleonora Montuschi

Release date: 4th of April, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED proposes an inclusive and participatory approach to decision-making modeled on Citizen Engagement in different forms of science-driven projects.

The conclusions of our research emphasize that the governance of science should embrace a range of interests and contributions coming from alternative styles of scientific research.  

To achieve this, we suggest ways for overcoming a naïve model of neutral and top-down type of expertise and supporting models of decision-making which also includes the contribution of citizens as providers of potentially valuable knowledge.  

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Ensuring Long Term Functioning of Citizen Observatories

Michael O’Grady

Release date: 11th of April, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED highlights the significance of Citizen Observatories, conceived as community-based networks that monitor and influence decision-making and policies on environmental, urban, and climate issues by collecting data.

These observatories mark a departure from traditional citizen science, aiming to establish enduring, community-driven scientific efforts and bottom-up science-based initiatives.

We propose viewing the work of Citizen Observatories as a chance to diversify and improve inclusivity within knowledge-driven democratic initiatives across Europe, while simultaneously boosting citizen engagement and scientific literacy.

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Supporting Health Data Cooperatives in Europe

Niccolò Tempini

Release date: 18th of April, 2024

In this policy brief, ISEED introduces an innovative method for empowering individuals in the management and use of their personal health data: Health Data Cooperatives (HDCs).

We analyse how HDCs can better promote a culture of data awareness and accountability, facilitating inclusivity and the active engagement of patients in their health management.

HDCs hold the potential to build a sense of community and purpose among participants once data responsibility and ways to ensure the continuous support of these community-centric initiatives are in place.

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Policy Brief Authors: Adriana Dimova, Agatha Żbikowska, Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak, Carolina Llorente, Chiara Lovati, Eleonora Montuschi, Gema Revuelta, George Gaskell, Giuseppe A. Veltri, Magdalena Roszczyńska-Kurasińska, Michael O’Grady, Niccolò Tempini, Olha Zadorozhna, Piotr Lis, Sophia Efstathiou
Series Editor: Sophia Efstathiou
Designer: Sarah Santos

Website Edits: Giulia Gandolfi, Sarah Santos, Sophia Efstathiou
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