International Climate Communication

Transnationalization of Public Spheres: A Cross-Country Longitudinal Study of Climate Change Coverage in Leading Newspapers (Ph. D. Thesis)

Involved: Ana Ivanova, Mike S. Schäfer (Supervision)
Funding: The project is supported through the Cluster of Excellence 'CliSAP' (EXC177), University of Hamburg, funded through the German Science Foundation (DFG) and by a fund of the Center for a Sustainable University.

The topic of this Ph.D. thesis is related to current globalisation trends in politics, economics, culture and other social areas. Based upon this, it focuses on the question whether a public sphere on the global level is emerging as well. Particular interest lies on the transnationalisation of mass media communication which indicates the existence of such a global public sphere. Current research shows that such transnationalisation processes commonly occur when the so called “global issues” emerge, such as global terrorism, the world economic crisis or in this case – climate change.

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Global Media Map on Climate Change

Involved: Mike S. Schäfer, Ana Ivanova, Andreas Schmidt, Jan Murmann, Sarah Pleger
Duration and Funding: 2010-2011, Cluster of Excellence "CliSAP"


Climate change is of global relevance, and therefore it is conceivable that this topic gets media attention in different countries of the world. From this attention it is possible to infer how important the topic is for the respective national audiences (agenda setting). Different countries and regions, however, contribute in varying degrees to climate change and are affected to varying degrees by its consequences. Thus it can be expected that there are different perspectives on the phenomenon.

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International Press Visualisation of COP 16 in Cancun

Involved: Mike S. Schäfer, Ana Ivanova, Andreas Schmidt, Sarah Pleger