The Value of Stakeholder Mapping to Enhance Co-Creation in Citizen Science Initiatives

Artemis Skarlatidou*, Monika Suškevičs, Claudia Göbel, Baiba Prūse, Loreta Tauginienė, Andre Mascarenhas, Marzia Mazzonetto, Alice Sheppard, Judy Barrett, Muki Haklay, Avinoam Baruch, Elina-Aikaterini Moraitopoulou, Kat Austen, Imane Baïz, Aleksandra Berditchevskaia, Eszter Berényi, Simon Hoyte, Lotte Kleijssen, Gitte Kragh, Martine LegrisAlicia Mansilla-Sanchez, Christian Nold, Michalis Vitos, Paweł Wyszomirski

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This report aims to enhance our understanding of stakeholder mapping for co-created citizen science initiatives. It presents and discusses findings from an international two-day stakeholder mapping workshop with researchers, event organizers, communication experts, and artists realizing citizen science activities. Participants identified examples of co-creation in their work and mapped stakeholders for three co-creation initiatives from the “Doing It Together Science” project. For each case, we provide an overview of the stakeholder groups involved and the lessons derived from identifying actual and potential stakeholders in different phases of each activity and using different ways for mapping them. We demonstrate that not only stakeholder mapping can be diverse, but it may take different angles depending on the characteristics and project timescales, nevertheless adding significant value to any project. We argue that a better understanding of stakeholder involvement may contribute to more effective stakeholder communication, more successful implementation, and a greater impact for citizen science initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Peer-reviewed scientific journalCitizen Science : Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 19.08.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 520 Other social sciences
  • Citizen science
  • Co-creation
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • 512 Business and Management


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