Buizer, M., T. Kurz and K. Ruthrof
By focusing on (the politics of) knowledge, our approach draws attention to the relationship between volunteers and scientists engaged in ecological restoration. Volunteers are not only the workers whom scientists ask to carry out various activities without requiring much understanding or input and critical engagement. They also bring in different social values and are a source of local knowledge and insights. A critical political ecology perspective also argues that there is a need for “greater public participation in the formulation of environmental science” and that ecological science is no longer to be viewed as the singular and neutral source of information that informs policymakers.