Ethical Challenges and Dynamic Informed Consent

Loreta Tauginienė*, Philipp Hummer, Alexandra Albert, Anna Cigarini, Katrin Vohland

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This chapter uses informed consent as a point of departure for the description of multiple ethical facets in citizen science. It sets out an overview of general ethical challenges in citizen science, from conceptual issues around social imbalances and power relations, to practical issues, such as how to deal with privacy for participants as well as data protection, intellectual property rights and other emergent issues. The chapter goes on to describe the different types of informed consent, particularly focusing on dynamic informed consent as the solution to the challenges described. Finally, practice-oriented recommendations about how to tackle some of the ethical issues raised in the chapter are set out.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Citizen Science
EditorsKatrin Vohland, Anne Land-Zandstra, Luigi Ceccaroni, Rob Lemmens, Josep Perelló, Marisa Ponti, Roeland Samson , Katherin Wagenknecht
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-58277-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-58278-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • 520 Other social sciences
  • Research ethics
  • Research Integrity
  • Informed consent
  • Inclusiveness

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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