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Citizen Science Project 'Logbook of Change' Explores Second Lockdown

The collaborative project has re-opened and is seeking input about your experiences during the lockdown!

In the citizen science research project ‘Logbook of Change’ from the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences (HNEE), citizens document their observations of changes in everyday life. Developed by a team from the HNEE consisting of THESys Member Dr. Bettina König as well as Dr. Wiebke Crewett, Dr. Uwe Demele, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nölting, the project aims to find out how these changes affect the everyday life of citizens to gain insight into the perception of social change. In addition, it analyzes the entries and asks how they should be evaluated from a sustainability perspective.

The project first went online on March 26th and re-opened on December 16th, following the second lockdown. Participants can describe their observations to the questions including: What is your review of nine months of the Corona pandemic? Which changes are already part of everyday life? Where do you observe changes compared to the first lockdown?

"In the qualitative diary study, the logbook writers* provide a wealth of observations from their everyday lives in the midst of drastic change. The material directly describes societal upheavals because citizens have been writing from their perspective and selecting what is important to them practically since the beginning of the first lockdown," says Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nölting.

So far, 25 practices and routines that have changed during the pandemic have been identified from the material, including everyday actions that are shaped by existing material conditions (e.g., infrastructure), competencies (e.g., knowledge, skills, experience), and the meaning people see in an action (e.g., values). Examples include going for a walk, planning purchases, working from home, or video conferencing.

"We look closely at these practices to analyze how people frame the forced upheavals. We ask whether they have acquired a change competence as a result and whether this can also be used to deal with sustainability challenges such as climate change," Nölting outlines the research approach.

The project strives to involve citizen scientists throughout the whole duration of the project. Results are to be discussed and jointly evaluated with logbook writers and citizens in online workshops. Furthermore, an advisory board of logbook writers will be formed to critically accompany project decisions such as the specific questions to be asked of logbook writers or phases of opening and closing.

The ‘Logbook of Changes’ is accessible and contributions can be done anonymously: www.logbuch-der-veraenderungen.org