Digital Citizen Science: Wellbeing@Home
New Forms of Experimental Research at KIT on Wellbeing, Work and Education at Home
Working and learning are currently undergoing an extremely major transformation - what was attempted to be established rather hesitantly a few years ago accelerated the pandemic situation for all of us: a large number of those working and learning spend a lot of time at home for this purpose. This changes their daily lives and those of their families or roommates in a significant way.
No one is in a better position to judge how they are experiencing this in their daily lives than they are themselves. The strategic goal of the research project is therefore to develop and establish Digital Citizen Science as a new, promising research method for social and economic research in general, by initially focusing on current issues related to Wellbeing@Home. In doing so, we are simultaneously pursuing KIT's vision "Creating and imparting knowledge for the benefit of our society and the environment" and are thereby making a significant step forward by doing this together WITH society. In doing so, we understand citizens not only as data collectors and suppliers. We also use their direct proximity to the numerous social issues that are currently extremely relevant for research and actively include their creativity and competence in our research work. At the same time, we want to contribute to achieving higher acceptance for results from scientific studies. We want to make science more tangible and, in the long run, even democratize science.
Within the framework of the KIT Excellence University concept "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association | Living the Change", the "KIT Future Fields" initiative specifically supports KIT scientists in pursuing highly innovative and risky projects in the border and transition areas of disciplines that promise scientific breakthroughs. The interdisciplinary team, consisting of Prof. Christof Weinhardt (IISM), Prof. Alexander Mädche (IISM), Prof. Petra Nieken (IBU), Prof. Benjamin Scheibehenne (IISM), Prof. Nora Szech (ECON), Prof. Melanie Volkamer (AIFB) and Prof. Alexander Woll (IfSS), has received funding for Digital Citizen Science @KD²Ex within the framework of a one-time Future Fields special call for investments. This enables new forms of experimental research: Digital Citizen Science on "Wellbeing @Home" and paves the way for a long-term research strategy at KIT.
The nucleus of the project is the DFG-funded Karlsruhe Decision & Design Lab (KD²Lab). With its infrastructure and all the bundled competencies as well as its student panel of approx. 3500 test persons, it is currently being expanded into a pool of citizens and households (KD²Ex). The platform wir-forschen.digital will then be available to the general public independently of (but empowered by) the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and will give you the opportunity to inform yourself and become part of Digital Citizen Science. Here, citizens can immerse themselves in research and become actively involved.