Professor, gästDepartment of Marine
About Uta Wehn
Dr. Uta Wehn is the Adlerbert Visiting Professor on Marine Citizen Science for sustainable development at Gothenburg University and Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies at IHE Delft in the Netherlands.
She is a social scientist from the field of science, technology & innovation studies, with a background in ICTs, drawing on more than 20 years of combined industrial, research and international development experience. Over the past 10 years, she has led action research on citizen science in Europe, Africa and the Middle East related to water and environment. Her research focuses on how to harness citizen science for science, participatory governance and society, including sustainable behaviour, and contributes to the theoretical understanding of citizen science and helps with its hands-on implementation. Via dedicated networking efforts among citizen science practitioners, she has led and contributed to their strategic networking in Europe and internationally and to the consolidation and sharing of knowledge on citizen science.
She has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, international conference proceedings and book chapters in the areas of citizen science, citizen observatories and community-based environmental monitoring; participatory environmental governance; stakeholder engagement; co-design methods; business modelling; capacity development and knowledge management; data and knowledge sharing; social innovation and water innovation dynamics.
As a member of high level international initiatives and associations, she has contributed to citizen science associations around the Globe, the OECD Water Governance Initiative, the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and to recent policy developments such as the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. She currently co-chairs the CSGP Community of Practice on Citizen Science & Open Science.