Christopher  Shaw Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Christopher Shaw

Senior Researcher
Climate Outreach

I returned to academia at aged 40 after a career in marketing. I was, and remain, motivated by concerns over climate change and the manner in which climate change is constructed in Western culture. I am very grateful to have been given a second chance and to be given an opportunity to earn an income working on this issue. My academic background covers sociology, psychology and geography. I am interested in the role of language in mediating our experiences of climate change.

Subjects: Social Psychology


I research how policy and business elites work with intermediaries to construct narratives about climate change which are designed to legitimate and reproduce the privileges of the liberal bourgeois and their paymasters

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Sociology, social psychology, geography.

    Climate policy, climate governance, public engagement.

Personal Interests

    Running, tennis, reading, the company of friends and family


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 Featured Title - The Two Degrees Dangerous Limit for Climate Change: Shaw - 1st Edition book cover


Oxford Research Encyclopedia

The Two Degree Celsius Target

Published: Apr 29, 2017 by Oxford Research Encyclopedia
Authors: Christopher Shaw
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability

Climate scientists themselves maintain that while science can provide projections of possible impacts at different levels of warming, determining what constitutes an acceptable level of risk is not a matter to be decided by science alone, but is a value choice to be deliberated upon by societies as a whole. Hence, while climate science can inform debates about how much warming is too much, it cannot provide a definitive answer to that question.

Palgrave Macmillan

Framing Risk and Uncertainty in Social Science Articles on Climate Change

Published: Aug 11, 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan
Authors: Christopher Shaw, Brigitte Nerlich, Iina Hellsten
Subjects: Communication Studies

While a large majority of climate scientists are increasingly certain about many aspects of their assessment of climate change many lay people still perceive climate science to be beset with or hiding uncertainties. Some social scientists and communication researchers have therefore begun to advocate moving from a language of uncertainty to a language of risk.