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Miss Janice Ansine

Janice Ansine, Senior Project Manager - Citizen Science, The Open University

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Professional biography

I manage citizen science projects at The Open University (OU), including the award winning iSpot ( ), that help the public go on their own 'learning journeys' using innovative, easily accessible web based tools and resources. My responsibilities include supporting informal to formal learning, public engagement, communications and outreach for science-based initiatives (see: and I also disseminate and share best practice supporting the Science Faculty's and University's citizen science,  engagement, impact and related strategic activities.

A former environment reporter and communications consultant, I also have a comprehensive background in project / programme management, managing projects focused on communications, public engagement, outreach and behaviour change around sustainability, biodiversity and the environment for over 15 years.

I hold a B.A. (Hons) and Diploma (Hons) in Media and Communications from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (UWI); an MSc in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford (Oxford); and an MSc in Science & Society from The Open University (OU). I have conducted post graduate research in environmental change and ecological footprinting, biodiversity, sustainable development and science communications. Additionally, I am a PRINCE2 certified project manager and I have training in management coaching.

While working, I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Education (EdD) with the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), at the OU, in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning. 

Research interests

My current research topic focuses on 'Exploring Citizen Science Learning Journeys Through'; I am interested in public involvement and engagement with science and nature supported by blended approaches incorporating online tools, multimedia, engagement, citizen science, informal and formal learning around biodiversity.


Differences between urban and rural hedges in England revealed by a citizen science project (2016-07-22)
Gosling, Laura; Sparks, Tim H.; Araya, Yoseph; Harvey, Martin and Ansine, Janice
BMC Ecology, 16, Article 15(1) (pp. 45-55)

Crowdsourcing the identification of organisms: a case-study of iSpot (2015-02-02)
Silvertown, Jonathan; Harvey, Martin; Greenwood, Richard; Dodd, Michael; Rosewell, Jonathan; Rebelo, Tony; Ansine, Janice and McConway, Kevin
ZooKeys, 480 (pp. 125-146)

Supporting Mobile Learning and Citizen Science Through iSpot (2015-12-25)
Woods, Will; McLeod, Kevin and Ansine, Janice
In: Crompton, Helen and Traxler, John eds. Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice (pp. 69-86)
ISBN : 9781138817036 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Exploring citizen science learning journeys through an online community of nature lovers (2021-05-03)
Ansine, Janice
In : CitSci Virtual 2021, Citizen Science Association (CSA) Conference (03-27 May 2021, Online (USA))

iSpot: a citizen science platform for inclusive learning and teaching (2018-06-03)
Ansine, Janice; Araya, Yoseph; Dodd, Michael and Robinson, David
In : European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Conference 2018 (3-5 Jun 2018, Geneva, Switzerland)

Using a citizen science tool to model the health benefits of roadside trees (2017)
Goodenough, Jessica; Ansine, Janice and Wheeler, Philip
In : Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) Conference (5-6 Apr 2017, University of Birmingham)