At a time when there is a widespread sense of disillusionment, disconnection and powerlessness in relation to climate change, Anabela Carvalho will discuss different modes of public engagement and how both traditional and new media, as well as other forms of communication, may open political possibilities.
In a rapidly changing communication environment, citizen-led initiatives in several countries enact alternative forms of thinking and may show the way to transformations of climate change politics that empower both individual political subjects and their communities.
Anabela Carvalho (PhD, University College London) is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the University of Minho, Portugal. Her research focuses on various forms of environment, science and political communication with a particular emphasis on climate change.
She is editor of Communicating Climate Change: Discourses, Mediations and Perceptions (2008), As Alterações Climáticas, os Media e os Cidadãos [Climate change, media and citizens] (2011), Citizen Voices: Enacting Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication (with L. Phillips and J. Doyle; 2012), Climate Change Politics: Communication and Public Engagement (with T.R. Peterson; 2012) and of two journal special issues.
Anabela Carvalho has been Associate Editor of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, is on the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Communication Association, and is co-founder, former Chair and currently Vice-Chair of the Science and Environment Communication Section of ECREA.