Tilburg Workshop 7 May 2020: Perspectives on Citizen Sensing

Research Workshop – May 7, 2020, 14:00 – 18:30 – Venue: Tilburg Library LocHal


Grassroots-driven monitoring initiatives based on sensor technology, i.e. ‘citizen sensing’, manifesting claims based on individual rights, promise to make risk governance more transparent and accountable. However, for integrating citizen sensing into institutional risk governance and releasing its contributory potential, we need to inquire: on which legal grounds can the act of the sensing citizens be legitimized? Which legal risks may the citizens encounter in their contributing to environmental evidence? The main goal of the workshop will be to jointly reflect on the advisability of a legal instrument regulating citizen sensing and including a legitimate base for it, eventually to be grounded on a ‘right to contribute to environmental information’. We will discuss how such a right may be constructed, situating our reflections at the intersection between an analysis of individual human rights and the role of national courts in the debate.

Convenors: Anna Berti Suman and Dr. Vicky Breemen

14:00 – 14:30: Introduction to the topic (A. Berti Suman); information law and the right to receive and gather information (V. Breemen)

14:30 – 15:00: The experience of the MeetJeStad Initative (The LoRA Group, NL); the perspective of environmental activists (D. Scotti., Extinction Rebellion)

15:00 – 16:30: Insightful presentations  Environmental law views: environmental mediation (V. Dini, Systasis); SLAPPs (C. Holt, Greenpeace); environmental psychology (L. Squintani, UGroningen)  The EU view on citizen sensing for law and policy (S. Schade, JRC)  Perspectives from STS (C. Botrugno, RUEBES; M. Van Oudheusden, UCambridge)  Citizen sensing & environmental disasters (Y. Abe, Komazawa University, Japan) 16:30 – 17:30: division in groups, group discussion 17:30 – 18:00: reporting to audience by groups’ spokespeople 18:00 – 18:30: closing by V. Breemen and A. Berti Suman 18:30: Drinks reception

Participation is free and open to all interested researchers and citizens, but please register with an email to a.bertisuman@uvt.nl . You are also invited to attend A. Berti Suman’s PhD defense on May 8, h 10:00, Aula, Tilburg University, “Sensing the risk. In search of the factors influencing the policy uptake of citizen sensing”.

Author: B.STS

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