BiographyI 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.
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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.
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.