On Sunday, in an article titled “We Are All Climate-Change Idiots,” New York Times “Week in Review” contributor Beth Gardiner discussed the research of social scientists studying public judgments, decisions, and communication about climate change.  Among research noted, was work that I have done in collaboration with Ed Maibach, Tony Leiserowitz, and others on communicating about climate change as a public health problem.  The work is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Below are references to related recent studies and publications:

  • Myers, T., Nisbet, M.C., Maibach, E.W., & Leiserowitz, A. (in press). A Public Health Frame Arouses Hopeful Emotions about Climate Change.  Climatic Change Research Letters.
  • Nisbet, M.C., Markowitz, E.M., & Kotcher, J. (in press). Winning the Conversation: Framing and Moral Messaging in Environmental Campaigns. In L. Ahern & D. Bortree, (Eds.). Talking greenExploring current issues in environmental communication. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Weathers, M., Maibach, E.W., & Nisbet, M.C. (in press). Conveying the Human Implications of Climate Change: Using Audience Research to Inform the Work of Public Health Professionals. In D.Y Kim, G. Kreps, & Singhal, A. (Eds.) Global Health Communication Strategies in the 21st Century. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Public Opinion and Political Participation. In D. Schlosberg, J. Dryzek, & R. Norgaard (Eds.).Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. London, UK: Oxford University Press. [HTML]
  • Nisbet, M.C., Maibach, E. & Leiserowitz, A. (2011). Framing Peak Petroleum as a Public Health Problem: Audience Research and Participatory Engagement.  American Journal of Public Health, 101: 1620-1626. [HTML]
  • Maibach, E.W., Nisbet, M.C., & Weather, M. (2011). Conveying the Human Health Implications of Climate Change: A Climate Change Communication Primer for Public Health Professionals. Washington, DC: George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication. [PDF]
  • Maibach, E., Nisbet, M.C. et al. (2010). Reframing Climate Change as a Public Health Issue: An Exploratory Study of Public Reactions. BMC Public Health 10: 299 (HTML).
  • Nisbet, M.C. (2009). Communicating Climate Change: Why Frames Matter to Public Engagement.Environment, 51 (2), 514-518. (HTML).
  • Nisbet, M.C. & Kotcher, J. (2009). A Two Step Flow of Influence? Opinion-Leader Campaigns on Climate Change.  Science Communication, 30, 328-358. (PDF).