Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Rautio, Pauliina
Organisation University of Oulu
Project title
Citizens with Rats From citizen science toward non-anthropocentric education with young people and difficult urban companions (CitiRats)
Decision No. 333438
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
CitiRats combines natural sciences and education in a project with young people. The main objective is to study and to develop arts of attentiveness towards multispecies communities and for imagining multispecies futures while rethinking exclusive human agency in society and in education. This is needed because the problems of sustainable co-living are part of young people's everyday lives here and now. Education is, however, said to be among the slowest of disciplines to address these concerns. CitiRats produces new knowledge and solutions with a state-of-the-art three-tier approach, based on collaboration between researchers, young people (ages 13-15) and selected experts. The research design comprises three progressive research stages with methods from natural sciences, human sciences and the arts. This produces new knowledge of urban communities as shared between many species, as well as knowledge about how young people best come to learn about sustainable co-living.