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Dr Sarah West
Senior Research Associate at SEI-York



Sarah is a Senior Research Associate at SEI York, and has worked here since 2008. Sarah's research focus is citizen science. Key projects include 1) OPAL which involves engaging communities with their local environment through a variety of activities including citizen science surveys, participatory mapping, nature days, events and training workshops, 2) the Moors for the Future Community Science Project which is exploring species' responses to climate change in the Peak District National Park and 3) the Citizen Science and Air Pollution study exploring particulate pollution in informal settlements in Nairobi . 

Sarah is interested in the people involved in citizen science projects and has produced reports on people's motivations for getting invovled for Defra and the UK Earth Observation Framework (see summary here). Sarah has also worked as an evaluator for several informal learning and citizen science projects. 

Sarah welcomes PhD applications from students wishing to use citizen science approaches in their work, explore motivations for participation in citizen science, data quality in citizen science, or evaluating citizen science. 




2008 - present Senior Research Associate Stockholm Environment Institute
2008-2013 PhD University of York
2006 - 2008  MSc  Biodiversity and Conservation
University of Leeds 
2006 - 2008  Volunteer Education Officer  BTCV, York
(now The Conservation Volunteers) 
2002 -2005  BA (Hons)  Geography
University of Oxford 



  • Environmental Field Project (Convenor)
  • Environmental Systems Project
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Ecological Principles
  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

West, Sarah

Contact details

Sarah West
Department of Environment and Geography
Stockholm Environment Institute, Environment Department
University of York
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 324577
Fax: 01904 322998