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Confluence Lab

Physical Address:
310 IRIC

Mailing Address:
Confluence Lab, English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Email: confluence@uidaho.edu

Web: confluence

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The Nature and Nuance of Climate Change Perceptions

The Nature and Nuance of Climate Change Perceptions

This project is part of a larger effort to understand perceptions of climate change: their dynamic nature; the role of emotions in perceptions of climate change; effective communication on climate change across ideological divides; and the attainment of personal efficacy with regards to climate change. The project builds on P.I. Associate Professor Kristin Haltinner’s earlier qualitative work, a pilot study interviewing people skeptical about climate change (supported by a U of I SEED Grant), and draws on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of scholars from three University Colleges. 

“The Nature and Nuance of Climate Change Perceptions” has two components: Part 1 surveys adults in the Pacific Northwest who are skeptical about climate change. The surveys test preliminary findings from the pilot interview project, specifically regarding a typology of climate change skeptics; perceptions of skeptics towards science; and support for or against pro-environmental policies among skeptics. The survey will also enable the research team to pilot emerging hypotheses regarding the role of emotions and notions of self-efficacy in climate change perceptions. Part 2 interviews Idaho residents who have changed their minds about climate change. Our interview data will help us better understand the factors that contribute to one’s willingness to accept information discordant with their original beliefs, including the influences of information type, peer pressure, place, and social contexts, among others.

Team Members: Kristin Haltinner, Associate Professor of Sociology (PI); Dilshani Sarathchandra, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Jennifer Ladino, Associate Professor of English; Steve Radil, Assistant Professor of Geography; Michelle Wiest, Professor of Statistics.

This project is funded by the University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Confluence Lab

Physical Address:
310 IRIC

Mailing Address:
Confluence Lab, English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Email: confluence@uidaho.edu

Web: confluence

Map