OWS seeks to tailor citizen science methods to empower and address ethical concerns associated with studying the impact of adolescent health. Particularly relevant in disadvantaged communities and with adolescents, citizen science offers an opportunity to enhance research and advocate for health equity. In this context, youth-focused citizen science becomes a valuable tool, engaging adolescents through participatory and co-creative methods, yielding innovative empirical insights and promoting positive policy implications.

The overarching goal of OWS is to actively involve adolescents with diverse, intersectional identities residing in underserved urban communities. This involvement will aim to co-create approaches to health impact research grounded in active mobility. By doing so, OWS endeavours to empower young people and their surrounding communities, facilitating a better understanding of the connections between functional mobility, adopting healthy lifestyle practices, and enhancing mental well-being.


  1. To employ innovative citizen science and mobile methods for measuring the impact of cycling and walking on enhancing healthy lifestyle practices and mental well-being, as well as reducing common non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors in secondary school adolescents, and
  2. To test established methods to assess the feasibility of adapting these interventions to a different setting.


  1. Our Voice: Citizen Science.
  2. Physioelicitation: Utilizing wrist-worn Empatica biosensors.
  3. Mobile semi-structured interviews.


Client outcomes

  • Evaluating satisfaction, function, and perception.

Implementation outcomes

  • Assessing appropriateness, adoption, feasibility, and sustainability.