Leveraging crowd-sourced international collaborations to decolonise climate change and sustainability research in psychology

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Environment-related research in psychology  does not adequately reflect the diversity of socio-cultural contexts that frame global challenges like climate change. International partnerships to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals tend to be oriented toward the interests of rich Global North countries that have greater capacity to further their agendas. Yet, equitable scientific collaborations across the global North and South are needed to achieve just and effective climate solutions.

 

Following the imposition of COVID-19-induced mobility restrictions in many countries, psychologists widely adopted internet-enabled technologies and crowd-sourced collaborations to derive key insights into how people around the world are responding to the pandemic. Crowd-sourced collaborations involve establishing large international research consortia through outreach to voluntary collaborators beyond researchers’ existing networks using various internet platforms, particularly social media.

The primary objectives of this project are to:

 

  • Advocate for broader adoption of crowd-sourced collaborations as a strategy for making research on the psychological dimensions of climate change and sustainability more diverse, inclusive and representative of the global majority.

  • Generate preliminary resources to facilitate the establishment of crowd-sourced collaborative efforts by psychology researchers anywhere in the world to conduct research on climate change and sustainability

 

Through a reflexive evaluation of two crowd-sourced research consortia, MECAMH and COVIDistress II, this project will develop a framework for using crowd-sourced collaborations to purposively decolonise climate change research in psychology.

The project is supported by funding from the University of Nottingham ESRC Impact Accelerator Account.

Project Team

Dr Charles Ogunbode (PI)
University of Nottingham, UK

Dr Michael Lomas (Co-I)
University of Salford, UK

Dr Sara Vestergren (Co-I)
Keele University, UK