Public debates about climate change have been characterised by slow periods of consensus and concern but also by sudden peaks in attention and controversy. In recent decades, the public debate surrounding man-made climate change has evolved from climate scientists' warnings about the 'greenhouse effect' and the rise in media attention to this complex problem in the 1980s and 1990s to public distrust sparked by 'climategate' in 2009.
This multiple complexity makes climate change not only a fascinating case for research into the relation between science and society, the dynamics of communication, the emergence and development of protest movements, but also for a systematic, comparative study of the dynamics of social change and human responses to social change.
Drawing upon theory from sociology, linguistics and social psychology, researchers from the UK and the Netherlands explore these questions in an ESRC/ORA-funded multi-methodological project dealing with climate change as a complex social issue.
The project comprised four work packages including various studies:
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Project funded by ESRC Open Research Area Scheme in collaboration with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
This project brings together researchers working in a variety of disciplines and theoretical traditions:
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I recently got an invitation to a workshop on ‘Plasticity and its Limits’ (which will bring together scholars from the social sciences, humanities and life sciences). When I accepted the invitation I had, I have to confess, not given much thought to the concept of plasticity – I had, however, written some blog posts about ...
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Meanings of RRI: The missing link between theory and practice
This is a guest post by Alasdair Taylor, Industry Programme Manager at The Royal Society, formerly a research chemist at the University of Nottingham. This blog post is based on the author’s article (co-authored with Sarah Hartley and Warren Pearce), ‘Against the tide of depoliticisation: The politics of research governance’, published open access in Policy & Politics. ...
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