1st Edition

Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change

Edited By David Canter Copyright 2016
    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    Although it is generally accepted that the climate is changing for the worse and that human activities are a major contributing factor in that change, there is still only marginal response to the challenge posed by climate change. The reasons behind this limited response are becoming clearer through the recognition that climate change is not just a set of physical science facts, but it is also part of a series of complex social processes. Consequently, this book is important in providing social science perspectives on a range of attempts to adjust human activity to reduce its environmental impact. These attempts vary from the changing of the dress code in Japanese offices to the creation of zero-carbon, gated communities in Bangalore, India. Taken together, the contributions to this book provide timely insights into the complexities of saving the planet through human endeavour. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.

    1. The Challenge of Tackling Climate Change David Canter

    2. Critical issues in social science climate change research Catherine Leyshon

    3. Values, identity and pro-environmental behaviour Birgitta Gatersleben, Niamh Murtagh and Wokje Abrahamse

    4. Putting practice into policy: reconfiguring questions of consumption and climate change Elizabeth Shove

    5. Input–output analyses of the pollution content of intra- and inter-national trade flows Karen Turner, Cathy Xin Cui, Soo Jung Ha and Geoffrey Hewings

    6. Decentralising energy: comparing the drivers and influencers of projects led by public, private, community and third sector actors Bouke Wiersma and Patrick Devine-Wright

    7. Urban experiments and climate change: securing zero carbon development in Bangalore Harriet Bulkeley and Vanesa Castán Broto


    David Canter is an applied social psychologist who started his career in the 1960s as an environmental psychologist at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK. Since then he has published the results of his research on a wide range of topics, including the design of offices, hospitals and schools, behaviour in fires and emergencies, and complementary medicine. His 1977 book The Psychology of Place is still widely cited. Over the last quarter of a century he has developed the discipline of Investigative Psychology. He is currently editor of Contemporary Social Science, the journal of the Academy of Social Science.