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Addressing the challenge of climate change: Findings from a literature review on public mistrust

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Climate change is widely considered humanity’s greatest concern. While it is recognized that trust should not be placed indiscriminately, there is widespread concern in academic circles about decreasing public trust in scientific expertise. Our aim with this paper is to characterize research findings relating to public mistrust of climate science. To address our research aim, we applied the methodology of the systematic meta-narrative literature review to investigate the narratives and findings across disciplinary fields. Covidence software supported our initial reviewing of the 352 articles identified in databases. 54 academic articles met our inclusion criteria, spanning multiple disciplines within the social sciences and humanities. The findings of the articles relating to mistrust included: 1) Identifying psychological mechanisms behind mistrust of climate science, 2) understanding sociocultural factors motivating mistrust of climate science, 3) improving science education, 4) improving communication between climate scientists and the public, and 5) facilitating greater public participation. The findings demonstrate the explanatory and normative thrust of broad academic engagement with the future collective concern of climate change, a topic that is often explored within STS research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventNordic STS conference 2021 - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 20 May 202121 May 2021


ConferenceNordic STS conference 2021
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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