Montserrat Prats López

Prats, MontserratDoctoral candidate: Montserrat Prats López
Researchtrack: Information & Innovation Management
Start date: October 2012
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Marleen Huysman, dr. Hans Berends & dr. Maura Soekijad


Citizen Science: A multiple case study in the humanities

Citizens are increasingly successful in supporting empirical scientific research, as well-known projects such as GalaxyZoo or have shown. This is referred as ‘Citizen Science’. Despite the advantages of engaging the public in scientific projects (i.e. efficiency, knowledge diversity), collaboration is not without challenges.
A key challenge lies in the voluntary nature of citizens’ participation, which results in a priori uncertain knowledge and availability of people that contribute in these projects. In her research, Montserrat takes a practice-theory approach to study how research institutes and, in particular, scientists handle this challenge and at the same time coordinate tasks, create opportunities for citizens learning, and ensure the quality of project outcomes. For this purpose, she conducts a multiple-case study of projects in the field of humanities (i.e. language, literature and history), where citizens contribute their time and knowledge to transcribe, translate and annotate old handwritten manuscripts and letters of historical and literary value.

Research Interests

  • Citizen science
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Knowledge sharing & creation
  • Practice-theory
  • Innovation 

Educational Activities

  • Knowledge Management (BSc)
  • Advanced Business Research Methods (BSc)
  • Business Information Technology (BSc)
  • Guiding theses (MSc & BSc) 

Brief résumé

Montserrat Prats López is a PhD Candidate at the Knowledge, Information and Innovation (KIN) research group at VU University Amsterdam. Montserrat obtained her university degree in ‘Business Management & Administration’ at the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona in 1998. She worked for 8 years as a market researcher at the ‘Consumer & Market Intelligence’ department at the Headquarters of Philips Consumer Electronics. She joined the VU in 2008 as Information Specialist at the University Library. Between 2010 and 2012 she pursued a part-time MSc in Business Administration and the VU Junior Researcher’s programme.

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