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Profiling European citizen scientist: Evidence from Poland

Vol. 16, No 4, 2023


Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak


Krakow University of Economics, Poland

ORCID 0000-0003-3651-7637


Profiling European citizen scientist: Evidence from Poland

Piotr Lis


Coventry University, UK

ORCID 0000-0001-6060-2423

Olha Zadorozhna


Kozminski University, Poland

ORCID 0000-0002-2160-6904

Anita Zarzycka


Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Poland

ORCID 0000-0002-8560-6428




Abstract. This article investigates the profile of citizen scientists in Poland who actively participated in a project to inform the Polish government's strategic objectives for 2050. While citizen science, involving public collaboration in scientific research, has been extensively studied in various countries, a notable gap exists in understanding the characteristics of citizen scientists in Poland. Employing a methodology that integrates both qualitative and quantitative approaches, the study utilises a collaborative survey and online deliberations to gain insights into the profiles of Polish citizen scientists. The article's primary focus is on delineating the demographics of Polish citizen scientists and comparing them to the characteristics of their peers’ established profiles in other European countries. Intriguingly, our analysis reveals that the environment and green transition theme predominantly attracted male citizen scientists, deviating from prevailing literature that typically associates environmental citizen science with higher female involvement. Additionally, the key findings suggest a portrait of Polish citizen scientists as an older, educated cohort with a discernible concern for societal issues. The article emphasises the importance of these insights for shaping the landscape of citizen science in Poland and provides guidance for similar future initiatives.


Received: June, 2023

1st Revision: November, 2023

Accepted: December, 2023


DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2023/16-4/18


JEL ClassificationO20, I25, I31, J18, O52, Q56

Keywordscitizen science, Poland, development strategy, demographic analysis