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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