Mat Hope – ‘Framing the politics of climate change”

Date(s) - Thursday, October 31, 2013
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


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Seminar Room 3


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globe‘Framing the politics of climate change: An academic-practitioner perspective’

How is climate change communicated by policymakers, and why is it so difficult to translate scientific research into policy action? This paper compares how politicians frame climate change policy debates in the UK and US contexts. It shows how an incoherent issue-definition led to perpetual policy stasis in the US Congress, while illuminating how the UK climate policy debate wrestles with its own nuanced inconsistencies. The paper is presented from a dual perspective: of an academic policy analyst, and communications practitioner. The utility of both of these roles within the climate change debate is also explored.
Mat Hope covers energy policy and politics for the Carbon Brief. He is completing his PhD on climate change communication in US politics at the University of Bristol. He has previous experience working as a research assistant at the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies.


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