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Norah Schulten and Robin Tschötschel @ Online Hot Politics Lab

May 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

In this “Graduate Friday” session of the Online Hot Politics Lab, PhD candidate Norah Schulten (University of Amsterdam) will give a talk (title TBA). Afterwards PhD candidate Robin Tschötschel (University of Amsterdam) will give a talk titled “Controversies, Identity, and Emotions in Climate Change Communication”.

The talks will be followed by a Q&A, and everbody is welcome to join via Zoom: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/96492065253 at 3pm (CET).

Robin Tschötschel: “Controversies, Identity, and Emotions in Climate Change Communication”

Abstract: Arguably a topic of heated debate across the globe, the public conversation about climate change differs remarkably between the United States and Germany — media cover different controversies and in how they report on the actors involved. After a (very) brief summary of these pas findings from my PhD project, I will zoom in on a recent survey experiment in Germany (N=1172), testing the effects of ‘consensus messages’ informing people about the de-facto scientific consensus on climate change. While the experiment shows good evidence against practically relevant effects, other findings about the psychological determinants of intended behaviour change and policy support are replicated in the German context. Lastly, I will discuss some potential explanations for these findings and  their implications.
Bio: Robin Tschötschel is PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, focusing on the political dimensions of climate change communication. Drawing theoretical conclusions from the empirical work conducted over the past years, he currently gives it the working title “Climate change communication In the midst of a political Gestaltshift”. He holds a MSc in Social Science Research (University of Amsterdam) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics (University of Vienna).