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dc.contributor.authorKolbe, Andreaen
dc.date2014-09-23 00:27:24.529
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-23T17:57:03Z
dc.date.available2014-09-23T17:57:03Z
dc.date.issued2014-09-23
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/12479
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Environmental Studies) -- Queen's University, 2014-09-23 00:27:24.529en
dc.description.abstractSouth Africa (SA) is considered to be water scarce under current climatic conditions. As such, the conservation of water quality is emerging as an increasingly urgent challenge as water resources face a growing number of natural and anthropogenic stressors. This thesis investigates how citizen science – the involvement of, and action by, everyday citizens in the collection of data and improvement of water resources- might contribute to the conservation of water quality in SA. The thesis used qualitative research methods, including interviews and participant observation. Mpophomeni Township (within the uMngeni catchment area), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), SA is used as a case study to better understand the role of citizen science in addressing water quality challenges. Theory U is used as an analytical lens to understand the impact of citizen science as well as the extent to which citizen scientists engage with aspects of social learning and systemic change. Findings indicate that citizen science promotes empowerment and social learning amongst participants, in addition to fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration (on water quality issues), encouraging the establishment of new environmental connections, and enabling a shift in existing government-citizen power relations. Additionally, lack of education and awareness along with minimal or non-existent governmental support as key barriers to citizen science, are examined in further detail.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectWater Qualityen
dc.subjectCitizen Scienceen
dc.titleCitizen Science & Water Quality in the uMngeni Catchment Area, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africaen
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dc.description.degreeM.E.S.en
dc.contributor.supervisorGoebel, Allisonen
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Studiesen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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