Contact person:
Helen Hasslöf
  • The Crafoord Foundation
Responsible at Malmö University:
Helen Hasslöf
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Time frame:
01 January 2020 - 30 June 2022
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Project description

The purpose of this project is to explore how environmental communication in different societal contexts becomes important for knowledge production and action for climate change. The climate has increasingly emerged as an urgent and critical issue of our time, scientifically informed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The latest reports (2018, 2021) points to the next decade as crucial for a radical transformation of human activities, to enable the earth's system to exist within the planetary boundaries. There is an accented need to study how climate change and transformation are formulated by different practitioners in society. The project focus on how climate change and transformation are formulated in relation to scientific arguments, values, and identity, to better understand how environmental science is communicated and used.

Main research questions

  • What discourses of climate communication for change appears in local networks of grassroots movements, policy practices and the formal teaching practice?
  • Which subject positions /identities appear as necessary for a radical change?
  • What myths/stories enable transformation or radical actions for the climate?

So far the project works to empirically analyse practices as Fridays For Future and Extinction rebellion as well as formal education through teachers' view in relation to their teaching in secondary and upper secondary school.

The project is based on a discourse theoretical approach where knowledge is produced on the prerequisites that meaning making is contextual and socially constructed. Competing discourses for truth claims and motives for action are analysed through the subject positions and outcome of myths/discourses that legitimize these actions. This project is expected to contribute with important knowledge of environmental communication within the field of educational research and make a generative contribution to the research environment of SISEME and LIT, Faculty of Education and Society at Malmö University.