Many Dutch rental homes heat up considerably during the summer. That can lead to physical and mental complaints: heat stress. In the project Thermo-staat, residents throughout the Netherlands join forces with scientists from TU Delft and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, investigative journalists from the VPRO and experts from Waag. Together we investigate the consequences of heat stress on the living environment of citizens.
In this project we experiment with innovative, equal collaborations between the public and journalism. To this end, journalists from the Argos editorial team (VPRO) partially open up their investigative process. Citizen scientists are not only supported in mapping heat in rented housing, but are also in constant contact with journalists and experts via a digital platform to clarify their data and to contribute ideas about relevant journalistic questions.
Waag supervises the measurement network and builds the technical infrastructure for this project. We are working towards the summer of 2023, when we will measure on a large scale. Together we increase the agency of citizen scientists and the Dutch trust in investigative journalism.