[ASC-list] Fw: [PCST] Panel Video: Re-Starting the Conversation on Climate Change

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Subject: [PCST] Panel Video: Re-Starting the Conversation on Climate Change

Dear PCST list readers,

The following panel held this month at the annual meetings of the American
Geophysical Union is likely to be of interest.  Slides and synchronized
video of the presentations have been archived by AGU.  At the blog post link
below, I summarize the presentations.  The post includes links to the video
and key minute marks.

Re-Starting the Conversation on Climate Change:
The Media, Dialogue, and Public Engagement Workshop

*Sunday, 13 December (1:00 PM –5:00 PM)
Inter Continental Hotel Grand Ballroom C*

Panel organized by
Matthew C. Nisbet, American University, and Inés Cifuentes, American
Geophysical Union

Presenters: Maxwell Boykoff, Matthew C. Nisbet, and Gwendolyn Blue

Increasing public understanding and action on climate change requires the
application of research and expertise from the social sciences. This
workshop features presentations from three leading researchers who are
examining the factors that shape media coverage, public participation, and
public dialogue. Discussion will emphasize lessons learned from the first
two decades of climate change communication initiatives and the promise of
several new directions.
Mass Media and the Cultural Politics of Climate Change

Max Boykoff, Ph.D.
University of Colorado-Boulder

Mass media serve vital roles in the communication processes between science,
policy-makers and the public. This presentation reviews contextual factors
as well as journalistic pressures and norms that contribute to how issues,
events and information become climate 'news'. A particular focus will be on
how these factors have contributed to misperceptions, misleading debates,
and divergent understandings that undermine efforts at policy action.
How Framing Matters to Wider Public Participation on Climate Change

Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D.
American University, Washington, DC

This presentation discusses research analyzing the extent to which new
frames of reference and narratives can generate wider public interest and
participation on climate change. The results of qualitative interviews and
surveys are reviewed, focusing on public reactions to various policy
proposals and messages. The research is designed to provide scientists,
policy experts, government agencies, journalists, and other stakeholders
with practical guidance on how best to increase public understanding of the
implications of climate change.
Worldwide Views on Climate change: An International Citizen Deliberation on
Climate Policy

Gwendolyn Blue, Ph.D.
University of Calgary, Canada

The UN Framework Program on Climate Change is holding its next round of
discussions to update the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen in December, 2009.
These climate change policy discusions have always involved government
representatives and organized groups such as industry alliances and
non-government organizations. For the first time, an international effort to
hear what citizens around the world have to say on the policy questions was
organized by the Danish Board of Technology, involving the participation of
38 countries, each with 100 citizen participants. This presentation
describes both the process of mounting such an effort and the outcomes from
the participating countries, with particular attention to differences
between developed and developing countries. The challenges for global
governance will also be discussed.
Biographies of Presenters

*Maxwell T. Boykoff, Ph.D.* is Assistant Professor in the Center for Science
and Technology Policy, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for
Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He
holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Max's research
interests involve: 1) analyses of the transformations of carbon-based
economies and societies, and 2) examinations in cultural politics and the
environment. Recent publications include peer-reviewed articles in Geoforum,
Global Environmental Change, Transactions of the Institute of British
Geography, Political Geography, Environmental Research Letters, and Climatic
Change. He has also written commentaries for Nature Reports Climate Change
and Nieman Reports as well as co-authored a background paper for the 2007
United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports. Max recently
published 'The Politics of Climate Change' for Routledge/Europa (November
2009) and is working on 'Who Speaks for Climate? Making Sense of Mass Media
Reporting on Climate Change' for Cambridge University Press (2010).

*Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D.* is Assistant Professor in the School of
Communication at American University, Washington, DC. As a social scientist,
he studies strategic communication in policy-making and public affairs,
focusing on controversies surrounding science, the environment, and public
health. He is the author of more than two dozen journal articles and book
chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of
Press/Politics and Science Communication. Nisbet's current research with
Edward Maibach on climate change communication is funded by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation where he is a Health Policy Investigator. He has also
worked as a consultant to the National Academies, the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Science
Foundation and other leading organizations. Nisbet is a frequently invited
speaker at universities and meetings across North America and Europe.

*Gwendolyn Blue, Ph.D.* is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of
Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her research
interests focus on public engagement with and governance of environment and
public health issues, particularly as these unfold in unconventional
political realms such as lifestyle politics and emergent dialogue-based
democratic initiatives. She is currently the lead researcher on a Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project on Environmental
Citizenship, Global Public Participation and Climate Change. She was part of
the project team for World Wide Views on Global Warming, the first global
citizen deliberation on climate change.

Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D.
assistant professor | school of communication | american university
4400 massachusetts avenue, nw | d.c. 20016 |
cell/text: 614.353.4951 | office: 202.885.2104 |  fax: 202.885.2019
web: http://www.american.edu/soc/faculty/nisbet.cfm
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