Utomhusporträtt av Linda Andersson Burnett

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About Linda's research

Citizen science ranges from monitoring changes in bird populations to providing data on the pollution of shorelines with plastic waste. Although the term ‘citizen science’ is recent, the active participation of amateurs in the making of scientific knowledge has a long and important history. I research how science developed through collaborations between universities, museums and the lay public in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in an influential Swedish-British tradition of scientific instructions. These were designed to simultaneously encourage and control citizen science by instructing lay people how to collect and record the natural world. I address questions such as: Why and how were instructions created and circulated? Why did people from different social strata engage with instructions? How did museums and amateur collectors interact, and how did the status of citizen science develop during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

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In brief

Born: 1980
Interests: Family and friends, old books, vinyl records, walks, Scottish gin, and her cat Morris.
Other: Linda has studied and worked in Scotland. She tries to visit archives, friends, and family in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Hebrides as often as possible.

I am a member of the Young Academy of Sweden as I want to get engaged in internationalization of Swedish universities. I would like to promote an internationalization that both increases the mobility of Swedish researchers, as well as makes it easier for young foreign researchers to establish themselves in Sweden. I also look forward to supporting and encouraging the next generation of young researchers.

Academy activity

Cover of A Beginner's Guide to Swedish Academia
Ewa Machotka
Frida Bender
Janina Seubert
Linda Andersson Burnett
Lucie Delemotte
Mia Liinason
Philippe Tassin
Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed
Sofia Lodén
Ylva Söderfeldt
Books
2022

Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Academia

A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Academia is available digitally for free (Epub and pdf) and in a limited printed edition. As a new researcher in the Swedish system, you face a series of questions about what applies to academic merits, and what the networks look like, but also concrete...

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