Contested Communication on Climate Policy

Climate Governance in the Public Debate: A comparative study on normative demands and controversies in Germany, India and the US (Ph.D. Thesis)

Involved: Andreas Schmidt, Mike S. Schäfer (Supervision)
Duration and Funding: 2010-2014; the project is supported through the Cluster of Excellence 'CliSAP' (EXC177), University of Hamburg, funded through the German Science Foundation (DFG), by funds of the Center for a Sustainable University and the "Gleichstellungsfonds".

Climate change has been described as the biggest challenge to humanity in the twenty-first century. It symbolises the limits of conventional, carbon-dependent development and exemplifies problematic externalities of economic growth. The issues at stake in climate policy making can therefore be depicted as distributive conflicts over the space for economic development, the costs associated with climate impacts and the burdens of changing lifestyles, technologies and modes of economic production.

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Credibility of Corporate Communication on Climate Change (Ph.D. Thesis)

Involved: Inga Schlichting, Mike S. Schäfer (Supervision)
Duration: 2010-2012

This dissertation project deals with the credibility of consumer-oriented public affairs campaigns in the context of public communication. Specifically, it is about the perception and evaluation of climate campaigns of German energy companies by recipients.

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Opinion Leaders in Mediated Climate Communication

Involved: Mike S. Schäfer