Climate Change Communication

Climate Change Communication

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU is one of the world’s leading centres for research and teaching in various aspects of the communication of science. As part of this, a dedicated team of scholars is conducting research on climate change communication. Projects include a focus on the history of climate communication (using both qualitative and quantitative research methods); examinations of the discourse between climate science and consumers of climate research; policy decision making processes regarding climate change; the teaching of climate change in school and informal learning contexts.

Selected research projects include:

  • Long Conversations, Climate Knowledge Exchange, Luke Menzies
  • Longitudinal science and society study: climate change communication and intersection with policy in Australia 1987 - 2001, Maria Taylor
  • A comparison of climate change communication on social media and news media, Emery Joseph
  • Mirror frames: Engagement on climate change in urban and rural populations, Jeff Rogers
  • Providing useable knowledge for decision making on climate adaptation issues, Seona Meharg.



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Will J Grant and Erin Walsh. 2015. ‘Social evidence of a changing climate: Google Ngram data points to early climate change impact on human society’. Weather 70(7).

Maria Taylor. 2015. Global Warming and Climate Change: What Australia knew and buried… then framed a new reality for the public. ANU Press.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J.S., Smithson, M., Newell, B.R., & Hunter, J. (2014) Scientific Uncertainty and Climate Change: Part I. Uncertainty and Unabated Emissions. Climatic Change, 124, 21-37.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J.S., Smithson, M., & Newell, B.R. (2014) Scientific Uncertainty and Climate Change: Part II. Uncertainty and Mitigation. Climatic Change, 124, 39-52.

Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., Risbey, J.S., Newell, B.R., & Smithson, M. (2015). Seepage: Climate change denial and its effect on the scientific community. Global Environmental Change, 33, 1-13.

Chris Yardley. ‘Climate change according to Australia Post’. Australasian Science 36 (7) 26-27.

Will J Grant and Erin Walsh. ‘Google’s vast library reveals the rising tide of climate-related words in literature’ The Conversation 24 July 2015.

Will J Grant. ‘More research is good, but not if wind experts are told what to find’. The Conversation. 22 June 2015.

Jacqui Hoepner and Will J Grant.‘Wind turbine studies: how to sort the good, the bad and the ugly’. The Conversation 22 January 2015.

Will J Grant and Rod Lamberts. ‘Twelve ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide’ The Conversation 22 Dec 2014.

Jacqui Hoepner and Will J Grant. ‘Wind farm reviews are pointless if they leave out anxiety illness’. The Conversation 18 March 2014.

Luke Menzies. ‘The Role of listening in the reconceptualisation of climate communication’. Presentation at ASC Conference Brisbane 2014.

Will J Grant. ‘There’s no place for politeness when you’re fighting a fire’. The Conversation 22 October 2013.

Will J Grant. ‘Dick Smith flies planes, weighs energy futures’ The Conversation 1 Aug 2013

Will J Grant. ‘Disciplined and on-message, wind farm opponents are a force to be reckoned with’. The Conversation 19 June 2013.

Will J Grant. ‘Only the lonely buck the climate consensus’. The Drum 7 Nov 2011.

Will J Grant and Rod Lamberts. ‘Who’s afraid of big, bad coal? Al Gore’s ‘climate reality’ is a pointless fairytale. The Conversation. Reposted at Climate Spectator.

Will J Grant and Will Steffen  'Phoney debate is over, now for the carbon policy’. The Conversation.

Will J Grant. and Rod Lamberts. 2011. ‘Don’t preach to the converted on carbon tax: it’s the money vote that matters’. The Conversation, reposted at ABC Environment.

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