The Sensing for Justice (SensJus) project researches the potential of grassroots-driven environmental monitoring, i.e. Citizen Sensing, as a source of evidence in environmental justice litigation, and as a tool for environmental mediation in extra-judicial setting. Our research addresses an urgent need for multi- and interdisciplinary research to understand emerging possibilities of the practice and to provide scientific evidence for decision-making in the EU.




Ispra, Ispra VA, Italy

Type of Organisation

Science Engagement Project

Focus Area / Approach

Citizen Science, Community Engagement

Impact Towards SDGs

Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Main Target Group

General Public, Policy Makers

Active Since



What This Organisation Can Offer

We will redefine Citizen Sensing as a manifestation of the broader Citizen Science practice having a potential as source of evidence acceptable in environmental litigation, as an exercise of the right to contribute to environmental information and even as a method to foster environmental mediation. We offer policy briefs, resources for communities and legal practitioners, scientific articles, audio-visual and sensorial experiences, engaging story-telling maps from our slow ethnography.

What This Organisation Is Looking for

The envisaged opportunities of our idea are many, ranging from a closer connection of the affected people to environmental litigation, to a wider, more diverse and inclusive availability of evidence on critical environmental issues, to the possibility of even mitigating the conflict.

Project Lead

Sensing for Justice – SENSJUS
Credit: Tilburg University

Sensing for Justice - SENSJUS

Anna Berti Suman

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Anna Berti Suman is principal investigator of the project “Sensing for Justice – SensJus”, which focuses on the potential of civic monitoring as a source of evidence for environmental justice litigation and as a tool to foster environmental mediation. Previously, she led the “Sensing the Risk” PhD project aimed at investigating how civic monitoring initiatives can influence the governance of environmental health risk.

Anna is also qualified lawyer in environmental and climate law under the Bar Association of Rome, following cases at Systasis – Study Centre for the Management of Environmental Conflicts, Milan. Previously, she worked as a lawyer for Greenpeace International, Amsterdam, and for the Association of Affected People by Chevron-Texaco, Ecuador.

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