Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

CET Lunch: Media, Publics and the Climate Crisis - Coverage, Cognition and Risk Perception

Welcome to our hybrid seminar with Silje Kristiansen, associate professor at CET and Department of Information science and media studies.

CET Lunch banner with picture of Silje Kristiansen
Our CET Lunches are hybrid.
Ill: Judith Dalsgård, Photo: SUNY

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Some open up their windows and yet see no signs of a climate crisis, while others open their basement doors and find their things floating around in water, and yet others kneel down to the ground crying over another lost harvest. Because of this different exposure to a changing climate the mass media coverage is an important window to other realities.

In my presentation I will talk about my own research on how the media cover issues related to the climate crisis, as well as give you an insight into peoples’ minds and how they perceive risk and deal with the uncomfortable thought that they are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Our speaker will attend physically. Participants can sign up and tune in via stream, or turn up at CET where lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the speaker:

Dr. Silje Kristiansen is a communication scholar with a PhD from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Her thesis developed a multidimensional model of risk and studied how the nuclear energy plant accident in Fukushima changed how the Swiss media covered the energy technology. After a Post Doc at Northeastern University in Boston with Dr. Matthew Nisbet, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York in Syracuse. Since July 2022 she is now Associate Professor at the University of Bergen at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation and the Department for Information Science and Media Studies. Dr. Kristiansen is Chair of the International Communication Association’s division for Environmental Communication, as well as Associate Editor at the journal Environmental Communication.