“NovelEco is a citizen science project that will measure for the first time the societal attitudes to urban wild spaces by asking citizens to study them."
NovelEco hypothesises that a co-designed observational instrument to enable in-field citizen data collection, builds a more profound understanding of urban novel ecosystems, and thus the place of ‘new’ nature in the realities of modern society and a changing, anthropogenic world. The project will gather and evaluate perceptions of urban novel ecosystems, rewilding, socio-cultural ecosystem services and meanings of ecological transformation. There are four, concurrent objectives within the project:
Devise a new conceptual framework within novel ecosystem theory and propose a complementary theoretical construct (work package 1);
Co-create mechanisms for quantifying social-ecological attitudes and values, including eliciting research questions that different communities prioritise locally (work package 2);
Crowdsource ecological (floral) data within urban novel ecosystems (work package 3);
Record the attitudinal change in data collectors as compared to other members of the same community not engaged in direct activities (work package 4).