LINGCLIM: Language, climate and lifestyle

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LINGCLIM research group

The LINGCLIM research group undertakes research on language use related to the issue of climate change, energy transition and lifestyle issues, in a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Climate change has evolved from being a physical phenomenon to also becoming social, political, ethical and cultural. We observe a climate debate with many different voices, views and interests.

Communication and language use will therefore become important in both the dissemination and interpretation of climate issues. Language does more than represent; language also influences attitudes and behaviors, and can create new realities.

Photo: Eivind Senneset

The research group collaborates with NORCE, the Bjerknes Center for Climate ResearchNHH Norwegian School of Economics, the Research group for Environmental Humanities (HUMKLIM) and Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET). For surveys and experiments LINGCLIM collaborate with the Norwegian Citizen Panel within the DIGSSCORE infrastructure.

Contact: Professor Kjersti Fløttum (head of the research group)

research project
Klimademonstrasjon i Tyskland


The CLIMLIFE project will study how Norwegian citizens relate the challenges of climate change to their normal, day-to-day life choices.

research project
Solar energy vs. fossile energy


Overcoming Obstacles and Disincentives to Climate Change Mitigation: A cross-cutting approach by human and social sciences.


Talking about climate

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

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.

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.