SensJus is close to its natural end, on 31 August 2023. Therefore, we will celebrate its closure with a final event, on July 7 from 11 to 13:00 CEST.
Sensing for Justice
Citizen Sensing as a source of evidence in environmental justice litigation and as a tool for environmental mediation
Safecast premises. Tokyo. Japan - April 2019
SensJus chosen is the 2022 Science Engagement Breakthrough of the Year!
In November 2022, SensJus won the 'Falling Walls' Award in the Science Engagement category. The project was judged as the best Science Engagement initiative among projects from all around the world. We have been invited to pitch the project during the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022, Berlin. Video below.
SensJus is nominated for the European Ombudsman Award of Good Public Administration 2023
CITIZEN SENSING AS A SOURCE OF EVIDENCE IN COURTS
Early results of the research on these questions: 'The Formosa Case: A Step Forward on the Acceptance of Citizen-Collected Evidence in Environmental Litigation?'
TOWARDS A RIGHT TO CONTRIBUTE TO ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
How can the use of civic evidence in environmental litigation be legitimized on the basis of existing and new rights?
Early results of the research on these questions:
Citizen Sensing from a Legal Standpoint: Legitimizing the Practice under the Aarhus Framework
AVOIDING THE COURT USING CITIZEN SCIENCE IN MEDIATION
Could Citizen Sensing be conceived also as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) promoting environmental mediation and avoiding the conflict's escalation to courts?
Early results of the research on these questions: Striving for Good Environmental Information: Civic Sentinels of Oil Pollution in the South of the North
Read a Q&A interview on SensJus work and vision on Nature
The envisaged opportunities of our idea are many, ranging from a closer connection of the affected people to environmental litigation, to a wider, more diverse and inclusive availability of evidence on critical environmental issues, to the possibility of even mitigating the conflict.
Open access resources
A useful resource for researchers and practitioners: SensJus with other two Marie Curie projects joined forces to describe how we performed research with shared sensitivity towards our participants. With the support of the Horizon Results Booster, we produced a factsheet (below) and video (left and here).
I - Citizen Sensing as a source of evidence in courts.
II - Towards a right to contribute to environmental information.
III - Mediating environmental conflicts through Citizen Sensing.
The project output for 2020 is showcased on the #CitizenSData Community page of the European Commission JRC Science Hub.
The project is developed thanks to the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant n. 891513, under H2020-EU, and to the concluded research grant of the Dutch Research Council NWO, the Rubicon fellowship n. 66202117.
Drawing lessons for Europe, through comparison and
lesson-learning from successful and failed cases from all over the world, starting from the landmark Formosa case of 2019, Texas. We are also looking at cases in Latin America, Africa and Asia to bring insights back to Europe.
1 - The Formosa case of citizen scientists that brought to court a petrochemical company based in part on civic evidence (U.S)
2 - The AnalyzeBasilicata case of civic monitoring environmental health issues associated with oil extraction (Italy)
Several more under the radar, such as the civic water monitoring around the Lambro river, Lombardy (Italy); the air and noise monitoring around Malpensa Airport and the city of Milan (Italy); the civic observatory on flood risk on the Brenta Bacchiglione river basin, Veneto (Italy); the spill of plastic matter from a water treatment plant from Capaccio (Italy) to the Mediterranean; the case from Greenpeace Belgium and CurieuzeNeuzen (BE) on air quality data used in courts. More recently, we are turning to Latin America, Africa and Asia as civic actors and peer researchers are informing us on relevant cases.
SensJus funding will end on 31 August 2023. Ideas for creative ways to bring the project forward are very welcome! Please reach us with your suggestions and ideas.
SensJus science for policy briefs series
These are briefs that take stock of lessons learned and analyses performed on more generalizable topics which intersect and intertwine with SensJus core focus. You can download the main briefs below:
- Berti Suman, A. (2023) "Civic monitoring for environmental enforcement. Exploring the potential and use of evidence gathered by lay people". European Commission, JRC132206. Download it here.
- Beck, P., Berti Suman, A., Bouraoui, F., Devos, W. and Martini, G. (2022) "An exploration of science in courts - How science supports the enforcement of EU law". European Commission, JRC132401. Download it here.
- Berti Suman, A. et al. (2022) "Doing Science with Art and Art with Science. Supporting art contamination and cross-fertilization with science". European Commission, JRC130525. Download it here.
Get our free, open access graphic novel, now available in four languages:
- English - Italian - Spanish - French
The graphic novel tells in an approachable way the story of an ordinary girl that turns to civic environmental monitoring moved by concern.
Are you interested in translating this or any other SensJus resource in your own language? Feel free to reach us!
For an overview of SensJus graphic resources, visit our dedicated page.
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Where environmental citizen science meets the law? Just out a co-curated special issue on the scientific journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, available in open access at https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/collections/special/citizen-science-and-law/. This contribution will trigger a needed debate on the legal...
Bridging research and legal practice: featuring in interview by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
On 1 Dec 2022, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in the news section featured an interview where Anna shared in an interview how her career evolved, bringing her to shape the research project SensJus, supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship. The interview is titled:
A collective reflection to explore citizen science to support public services provision under crises at ECSA 2022
SensJus with two co-conveners - Marisa Ponti, University of Gothenburg; Nils Heyen, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI; and live illustrator Alice Toietta - organised a session titled "Rethinking public services provision: citizen science to support public and environmental health services" at the European Citizen Science...