Climate change psychology & communication

Scientists have been aware of human-induced climate change for decades. Yet despite this knowledge, the world is not currently acting urgently enough to prevent dangerous climate change.

To facilitate action on climate change, it's vital that we understand people's underlying world views, psychology, values and behavior as these play a key role in shaping their attitudes to climate change. Insights into these perspectives can then help determine the way that we communicate about climate change. Unless climate action is framed in ways that engage with the world views of target audiences, cognitive dissonance can set in resulting in people continuing to ignore the problem

Many of the researchers in this field are housed in the Research School of Psychology, ANU School of Sociology, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Recent research projects have focused on the framing of negative emissions technologies, the communication of climate change on social media and the use of story telling as a climate communication resource.