Open Research Notebook

Author Archive: Nieske Vergunst

I work as a postdoc affiliated with UU's Centre for Science and Culture and the Freudenthal Institute, studying the effectiveness of public engagement with different target groups. How much effort does it take to reach a certain target group and how much impact can you make on this group? To answer these questions, I am experimenting with a number of public engagement activities on the topic of sea level rise.

Our preprint is published!

Since our last update, we’ve been busy doing experiments with the Sea level game 2080: first at Betweter Festival in September, at the Bachelor open day at Utrecht University and Yuverta vocational college in November, and then at Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht in December, finishing just before the holidays. The first few months of 2024 were…

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Photo by Tessa de Geus

Experiences and results from the game premiere at Betweter Festival

Since my previous research update in August, a lot has happened. I spent much of September ironing out the last kinks in the Sea level game 2080, including the impact questionnaire, for its premiere at Betweter Festival. To give you some interesting insights into the practice of public engagement: the final preparations involved a surprising…

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Making a connection. Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

Public engagement: what, why, and for whom

If you haven’t read my introductory entry, I’d recommend to do so before you continue. And now, for a proper start, it’s important to get some context on my research into the effectivity of public engagement on different target groups. Starting with a basic question: what is public engagement? Evidence-based public engagement Public engagement (PE)…

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What is your story? Photo by Etienne Girardet on Unsplash

Hello world, or: an introduction to this open research notebook

Welcome, reader! In this open research notebook, I’ll be sharing my experiences and progress of my research on public engagement. In essence, I’m working on a cost-benefit analysis of public engagement activities across different target groups. You’ll get a first-hand look into my research notes and my preliminary results before I craft them into journal…

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