Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

CET Lunch: Maybe climate is not the issue?

Welcome to our hybrid CET Lunch seminar with Solveig Bortne Høegh-Krohn, PhD Candidate at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies and CET, UiB.

Portrait of Solveig Høegh-Krohn with text: CET Lunch: Maybe climate is not the issue?
Our CET Lunches are hybrid.

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Our speaker will attend in person. 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.

During the last year, and as part of research in the interdisciplinary MUCS project (Media Use in Crisis Situations), I have investigated how 30 different people, living in both rural and urban areas on the West Coast of Norway, engage with media, news and a range of issues in their everyday lives. The research, based on both interviews and a digital questionnaire, shows that compared to issues such as the pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine or rising costs of living, climate change as an issue is harder to situate and give meaning to in the everyday news and media context. Maybe because “It permeates everything”, as one of the informants told me, pointing to the fact that it is hard to know where the issue begins and ends, in terms of both space and time.My presentation is in part based on a forthcoming article written together with Professor Brita Ytre-Arne and Professor Håvard Haarstad, and will focus on how the informants in the MUCS-study talked about (and not talked about) climate change as part of their media use and everyday life, and how climate change is different from other issues in the media, and what this could mean for both climate journalism and communication going forward.

About the speaker

Previously a masters student at CET, writing a thesis on how Norwegian main stream and alternative media framed 'the climate crisis' during the year 2020. After finishing the degree, Solveig left Bergen to do an internship as a journalist in the regional newspaper of Førde, Firda, followed by working in the local newspapers of the neighbouring municipalities of Bergen - Øygarden and Askøy. The last year she has been back at CET doing a cross-disciplinary project working as a researcher conducting and analyzing qualitative research on 30 people from the West Coast of Norway, interviewing them about their everyday lives, news and media.