CoAct (Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action) proposes a radically new approach to face four “wicked” social global issues by engaging vulnerable citizens acting as co-researchers. The approach represents a new understanding of the underexplored field of Citizen Social Science, understood here as participatory research co-designed and directly driven by citizen groups sharing a social concern. The project, coordinated by Universitat de Barcelona, involves 9 diverse partners from 4 European countries and in Argentina and will result in the implementation of new or improved science-related policies.
Research and Innovation activities responding to issues related to different social issues will be implemented in different cities. In all cases, vulnerable citizens will be placed at the center of Research and Innovation cycles, as co-designers and co-researchers. Knowledge Coalitions, formed by public bodies, CSOs and social innovators will support the activities and guarantee the transformation of results into (political) actions.
The CoAct project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, through Grant Agreement No. 873048.