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Climate change communication: what can we learn from communication theory?
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4291-2801
2016 (English)In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, ISSN 1757-7780, E-ISSN 1757-7799, Vol. 7, no 3, 329-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 The literature on climate change communication addresses a range of issues relevant

to the communication of climate change and climate science to lay audiences

or publics. In doing so, it approaches this particular challenge from a

variety of different perspectives and theoretical frameworks. Analyzing the body

of scholarly literature on climate change communication, this article critically

reviews how communication is conceptualized in the literature and concludes

that the fi eld of climate change communication is characterized by diverging and

incompatible understandings of communication as a theoretical construct. In

some instances, communication theory appears reduced to an ‘ad hoc’  toolbox,

from which theories are randomly picked to provide studies with a fi tting framework.

Inspired by the paradigm shift from transmission to interaction within

communication theory, potential lessons from the fi eld of communication theory

are highlighted and discussed in the context of communicating climate change.

Rooted in the interaction paradigm, the article proposes a meta-theoretical

framework that conceptualizes communication as a constitutive process of producing

and reproducing shared meanings. Rather than operating in separate

ontological and epistemological perspectives, a meta-theoretical conceptualization

of communication would ensure a common platform that advances multiperspective

argumentation and discussion of the role of climate change

communication in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 7, no 3, 329-344 p.
Keyword [en]
Climate change communication
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126416DOI: 10.1002/wcc.392ISI: 000374771500002OAI: diva2:914110
Nordic Council of Ministers, 36780

Funding agencies: Nordic Top-Level Research Initiative through the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR)

Available from: 2016-03-23 Created: 2016-03-23 Last updated: 2016-05-31

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