Citizen science projects in the context of participatory approaches: The case of Izmir


  • Pelin Özden image/svg+xml Izmir Kavram Vocational School

    Pelin Özden is Lecturer Dr. at Architectural Restoration pr., Izmir Kavram Vocational School. She is an architect and received her Ph. D. degree from Izmir Katip Çelebi University, Department of Urban Regeneration.  She has focused her research mostly on spatial analysis, space syntax, participatory urban design, citizen science and citizen design science. 

  • Koray Velibeyoğlu image/svg+xml Izmir Institute of Technology

    Koray Velibeyoğlu is full professor and chairperson at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Izmir Institute of Technology. The main foci of his research are urban design, planning history, knowledge management, nature-based solutions and smart cities.  Professor Velibeyoğlu completed two EU-funded H2020 projects entitled “UrbanGreenUP: New Strategy for Re-Naturing Cities through Nature-Based Solutions” and “RURITAGE: Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies”. He also works as researcher in new Horizon Europe projects including EHHUR, Re-Value and CARDIMED.



citizen science, Izmir, levels of participation


The term "citizen science" refers to scientific activity done entirely or in part by members of the public, frequently in cooperation with or under the guidance of licensed scientists. To better manage natural resources, monitor endangered species, and maintain protected areas, decision-makers, and non-governmental organizations increasingly turn to citizen science-based programs. A broad field, citizen science, offers numerous strategies for involving volunteers in research in various ways while including a whole range of research methodologies. Thus far, citizen science initiatives have been successful in advancing scientific understanding, and the advancements made by citizen scientists give a significant amount of data globally. The subject of citizen science is spreading rapidly, and its legitimacy is increasing. It also involves enhancing scientific research by utilizing a variety of subjects and data sources. Citizen science has the potential to increase stakeholder engagement, bring in new perspectives, and foster new forms of participation. Also, many initiatives are being developed in cutting-edge scientific fields. These programs now aim to solve an urgent issue or provide an answer to a research question while simultaneously enhancing community participation in science and influencing long-term policy implementation. The study utilizes to examine the citizen science projects in Izmir, Turkey according to the concepts and categorizations in the literature review in a systematic way to understand their participation levels and their potential.


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How to Cite

Özden, P., & Velibeyoğlu, K. (2023). Citizen science projects in the context of participatory approaches: The case of Izmir. Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning, 4(1), 31–46.



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