LINGCLIM: Language, climate and lifestyle


Contact persons for the LINGCLIM research group.

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Associate professor of French Linguistics, Øyvind Gjerstad is the head of the the cross-disciplinary research group LINGCLIM. Professor Kjersti Fløttum has since 2010 developed the research group, studying the role of language in the climate change debate, until she retired in August 2023. She is still active in the group as professor emerita. 

Fløttum had earlier led research groups on academic/scientific discourse (KIAP project) and on political discourse (EURLING group), and found that climate change discourse was often an interesting mix of scientific and political discourse. With a background in the interest for climate communication at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, UiB, and the development of climate change as a multi-faceted and complex societal challenge, she developed the idea of the LINGCLIM project, focusing on language use about climate in different contexts: scientific, political, media and opinion surveys.

Through different financial grants, in particular from the Research Council of Norway, the LINGCLIM group has grown, including researchers and post-graduate fellows from linguistic, political, media, rhetoric, psychological and literary disciplines, and in a fruitful collaboration with the Norwegian Citizen Panel/DIGSSCORE.