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Citizen Science in Urban Planning

This course introduces planners to citizen science and how citizen science can play a meaningful role in urban planning.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (35 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. What is Citizen Science? (4 mins)
  • 3. Crowd Mapping (2 mins)
  • 4. Crowd Problem Solving (1 min)
  • 5. Crowd Monitoring (2 mins)
  • 6. Benefits of Citizen Science (3 mins)
  • 7. Citizen Science in Urban Planning (2 mins)
  • 8. The Challenge of Citizen Science (5 mins)
  • 9. Overcoming the Challenges (6 mins)
  • 10. Getting Started (4 mins)

Course Description

Citizen science is a branch of crowdsourcing enabled by technology and citizens that are willing to act as amateur scientists. Citizen science has been around for over 100 years but has been increasingly utilized along with the proliferation of easily accessible technology and groups looking for creative solutions to some of societies biggest challenges. As a result, citizen science is an opportunity for citizens and planners to work together to understand what is happening in cities in ways that are collaborative, cost-efficient, and creative. The purpose of this course is to introduce planners to citizen science and how citizen science can play a meaningful role in urban planning.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Research Methods


This course is approved for .5 AICP CM credit. 


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

Meet Your Instructor

Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Community Engaged Research in the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences - School of Medicine at Stanford University.

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