LINGCLIM - Linguistic Representations of Climate Change Discourse and Their Individual and Collective Interpretations

LINGCLIM research group members at the Department of foreign languages, University of Bergen, January 2019: Francis Badiang Oloko, Runa Falck Langaas, Anne-Kate Ellingsen, Solveig Helene Lygren, Kjersti Fløttum (head), Øyvind Gjerstad

LINGCLIM research group members at the Department of foreign languages, University of Bergen, January 2019:

Francis Badiang Oloko, Runa Falck Langaas, Anne-Kate Ellingsen, Solveig Helene Lygren, Kjersti Fløttum (head), Øyvind Gjerstad


The LINGCLIM group undertakes research on language use related to the issue of climate change, energy transition and lifestyle issues, in a cross-disciplinary perspective and in accordance with one of the University of Bergen’s priority areas, Climate and energy transition, with affiliation to the research group Environmental Humanities (HUMKLIM) and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

The primary objective is to generate new and integrated knowledge about the role of language in climate and energy discourse through developing an innovative cross-disciplinary methodology including opinion surveys and experiments in addition to comprehensive linguistic and discursive analyses. For surveys and experiments LINGCLIM collaborates with the Norwegian Citizen Panel within the DIGSSCORE infrastructure.


Professor Kjersti Fløttum

Runa Falck and Kjersti Fløttum


New research project within the LINGCLIM group.

Mike Hulme held a guest lecture in Egget

“Still disagreeing about climate change … but what have we learned in 10 years?”

Professor Mike Hulme, University of Cambridge, held an open guest lecture on September 6, 2019. It is now available as a podcast.

The Role of Language in the Climate Change Debate


The book «The Role of Language in the Climate Change Debate», 2017, presents important results provided by the LINGCLIM project 2013-2017.


Talking about climate

The film "Når vi snakker om klima" (Talking about climate) is produced by 1001 Films for the LINGCLIM project (English subtitles).

Kjersti Fløttum from University of Bergen and Endre Tvinnereim from Uni Research Rokkan are co-authors of an article published in Nature Climate Change on 1 June 2015.

What you think about when you hear the words climate change

Using a new method, researchers in Bergen discovered that so-called climate sceptics are more ambivalent about climate issues than previously assumed. Their results have now been published in Nature Climate Change.

LINGCLIM activities

2019.09.26: Kjersti Fløttum participated in a panel debate hosted by the National Science Week at the public library in Bergen. The debate was entitled "Apokalypse snart - eller regner bekymringene vekk?"

2019.09.06: Professor Mike Hulme, University of Cambridge, author of the seminal book “Why we disagree about climate change”, gives an open guest lecture with the following title: "Still disagreeing about climate change … but what have we learned in 10 years?". Egget, Student Centre, University of Bergen

2019.05.20: LINGCLIM guest researcher Dimitrinka Atanasova, Lancaster University, presents her research at HUMKLIM: “Metaphors and frames of climate change, sustainability and nitrogen pollution across “mainstream”, “social” and “constructive” media”

2019.05.13: LINGCLIM participation at conference summing up cross-disciplinary findings from the University of Bergen and NORCE project “Pathways to energy transition”: Perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on pathways to energy transition

2019.05.09-10: LINGCLIM internal workshop – co-production of new papers

2019.05.08: Article in the French newspaper LIBERATION with reference to Fløttum, Gjerstad & Gjesdal’s paper «Avenir et climat» in the journal Mots. Les langages du politique, n°119, and interview with K. Fløttum

2019.03.12-15: Kjersti Fløttum keynote speaker at COST Action CA17132 – APPLY - European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis, Lisbon

2018.11.22-23: LINGCLIM participation at French-Norwegian research conference in Caen, France

2018.11.05: LINGCLIM at «Temadag klima og energiomstilling», Universitetet i Bergen

2018.10.27: LINGCLIM participation at Concerned Students Norway’s conference «Climate Change Insights», Bergen

2018.09.17-19: LINGCLIM participation at Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice conference, University of Cardiff, UK

2018.07.05: Kjersti Fløttum keynote speaker at the conference “Les Mots du Climat” at Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire (MTES), Paris

2018.04.28-29: Kjersti Fløttum keynote speaker at International Conference on English for specific purposes (ESP): Revolution and Innovation, at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan

2018.04.05-06: LINGCLIM participation at Table ronde internationale de la création, de la diffusion et de la recherche sur le nord et l'arctique, IMAGINAIRE|NORD, Montréal, Canada

2017.09.06: LINGCLIM presentation at conference organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture

2017.06.28-30: Kjersti Fløttum keynote speaker at the 21st Conference on Language for Specific Purposes 2017, Interdisciplinary Knowledge-making: Challenges for LSP Research, at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen

2017: Tvinnereim, E., Fløttum K., Gjerstad, Ø., Johannesson, M.P., Nordø, Å. D. 2017. Citizens' preferences for tackling climate change. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of their freely formulated solutions. Global Environmental Change, 46, 34-41. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.06.005

2017: Fløttum, K., Gjerstad, Ø. Narratives in climate change discourse. WIREs Climate Change, 8:e429. doi: 10.1002/wcc.429

2016: Fløttum, K. 2016. “Linguistic Analysis in Climate Change Communication”. In: Climate Science: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.488 -> ORE Climate Science

2016.11.23-25: Kjersti Fløttum keynote speaker at NORDISCO 2016, Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction, Oslo

2016-2019: LINGCLIM part of the project “Pathways to energy transition”; Kjersti Fløttum and Endre Tvinnereim responsible for WP2: “Norwegian citizens’ understanding of and opinions on energy and energy transition”

2015.10.16-17 "The Human Side of Climate Change" - LINGCLIM conference

2015.02.01 Endre Tvinnereim and Kjersti Fløttum published in Nature Climate Change

2014.09.20-21 LINGCLIM a part of National Science fair in several Norwegian cities

2014.05.16-17 LINGCLIM hosted the PhD seminar: Climate exchanges: Language, Media and Politics in Paris

2014.04.25 LINGCLIM participated on the Christie Conference with a exhibition of project activities

2014.02.04 Climate Gathering with high school pupils arranged by LINGCLIM

2013.11.11 Norwegian Citizen Panel

2013.10.31 Desire for climate consensus impedes action- Professor Mike Hulme

2013.10.25 Kjersti Fløttum named Honoary Doctor at Uppsala University

2014.04.02 Presentation of results from LINGCLIMs school surveys


Research Council of Norway

Financed by SAMKUL-programme, Research Council of Norway