As a central forum for information dissemination and opinion formation, mass media are crucial for the societal uptake of climate change and for climate politics. The CliSAP Research Group “Media Constructions of Climate Change” sheds light on mass media communication on climate change as well as its scientific and non-scientific drivers and effects. We analyze
- the way in which scientists, politicians, civil society organisations, business actors and others seek to advance their views and positions in the mass media and the public sphere in general,
- how the media represent climate change, and how these representations vary from country to country,
- how users perceive and evaluate the media representations of climate change and how this influences their attitudes and actions.
The Research Group is attached to the Chair of Communication Science, esp. Climate and Science Communication, at the Universität Hamburg. For more information on our teaching, please visit our university website.
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The Impact of Climate Conferences
The UN climate summits are international public events which receive intense media coverage. We combine different views and approaches to the communication of the COP21 in Paris 2015.
Contested Climate Communication
Climate change and climate governance affect and involve many actors with potentially diverging values and interests. We analyze the communication of scientists, politicians, NGOs, and companies, the media debates resulting from these efforts and how audience members assess them.
International Climate Communication
Studies on climate communication usually focus on Western countries and short time periods – although climate change as well as many of the respective policies are global processes. Therefore, we analyze climate communication in an international and long-term perspective.
Communication of Expert Knowledge on Climate Change
Diagnoses and projections of climate change are complex scientific constructs and, as such, difficult to communicate and understand. The group analyzes the communication of scientific and expert knowledge in mass media and online media.
Within and beyond the CliSAP context, the research group also collaborates in various interdisciplinary projects, conferences and initiatives, i.e. together with sociologists, economists, geographers and (other) natural scientists.
- Brüggemann, M., Neverla, I., Hoppe, I., & Walter, S. (2018). Klimawandel in den Medien. In H. von Storch, I. Meinke, & M. Claussen (
Eds.), Hamburger Klimabericht – Wissen über Klima, Klimawandel und Auswirkungen in Hamburg (pp. 243-254 ). Springer Spektrum. doi:10.1007_978-3-662-55379-4_12.
- Walter, S., & Brüggemann, M. (2018). Echo chambers of denial: Explaining user comments on climate change. Environmental Communication, 12, 204-217. doi:10.1080/17524032.2017.1394893.
- Walter, S., De Silva-Schmidt, F., & Brüggemann, M. (2018). From “Knowledge Brokers” to Opinion Makers: How Physical Presence Affected Scientists’ Twitter Use During the COP21 Climate Change Conference. International Journal of Communication, 11, 570 -591.
- Brüggemann, M., De Silva-Schmidt, F., Hoppe, I., Arlt, D., & Schmitt, J. B. (2017). The appeasement effect of a United Nations climate summit on the German public. Nature Climate Change, 7, 783-787. doi:10.1038/nclimate3409.
- Brüggemann, M. (2017). Traditional and shifting roles of science journalists and environmental reporters covering climate change. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.354.