A Summary of My Research on Public Receptivity to Climate Change

SmallerA strangely metaphorical photo of an oil tank that blew over during an extreme weather event: when ‘Storm Darwin’ hit Ireland at the start of 2014.

Somehow I have whittled down my doctoral thesis of over 300 pages on public receptivity to climate change  into a two-page summary which can be found by clicking here on the following link: Executive summary of a study of Irish public climate change receptivity.

As this is just a two-page summary it but touches on the substance of the thesis. For example I had to leave out the work on how broad societal power relations manifested within the focus group discussions, which was too complex to reduce to one or two sentences. For a more in-depth reading of the research an online copy of the thesis itself can be found by clicking here. For a quicker route through the thesis I would recommend reading the findings chapters 5 to 8. I would argue that chapter 4 is also an essential chapter while sections 2.3 to 2.3.5 provide my interpretation of Bourdieu’s main concepts which are used throughout. Chapter 1 may have to be read if you find yourself getting lost.


4 thoughts on “A Summary of My Research on Public Receptivity to Climate Change

    • Anti-individualist approaches that view radical transformation of societal structures, institutions, and the economy as necessary for producing requisite carbon reductions. For example under this interpretation didactic information on climate change within the school curriculum would be insufficient. Instead the practices and disposition-inducing qualities of the institution itself would require radical restructuring. I refer to this in the thesis as radical transformativism and write about it in sections 4.4.3; 5.3.2; 6.3.2; 8.1.2; entire section of 8.2 and 8.3.2. Also there is a table of its properties on page 115-6. Apologies for being longer than a sentence.

      • Lol very concise nonetheless! Fascinating stuff – thanks for indicating the relevant sections. As a non-science person just following the headlines on climate change, I have never come across this type of discourse – which corroborates your central thesis obviously. What about writing it up in lay language for something like “Voices” in http://www.thejournal.ie/? (not just cos I happen to be in it today!)

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