CSSN is an international network of social science scholars focused on understanding the cultural and institutional dynamics of the political conflict over climate change.

ABOUT CSSN
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CSSN Working Paper: An Integrated Framework to Assess Greenwashing
Call for feedback on a new tool to define and evaluate greenwashing
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Climate Social Science Network Announces Reporting Fellows
The Climate Social Science Network announces its inaugural journalism fellows, Kate Aronoff and Taylor Kate Brown
Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: A regional perspective
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Reconfiguring actors and infrastructure in city renewable energy transitions: A regional perspective
What are the new roles of regional actors, locations of productivity, interscalar relationships, and socio-economic outcomes for city renewable energy transitions? CSSN Scholar Christina Hoicka et al.'s new paper explores these questions conceptually and empirically.
Climate Change: The New Normal Is Not Yet Here
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Climate Change: The New Normal Is Not Yet Here
What used to be predictions of ‘what could happen in a warmer world’ are now our lived reality. Now the question is: how much worse will the extremes get? Article by CSSN Scholar Prakash Kashwan with coauthors Anji Seth and Mark Urban.
Controversy around climate change reports: a case study of Twitter responses to the 2019 IPCC report on land
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Controversy around climate change reports: a case study of Twitter responses to the 2019 IPCC report on land
A study by Mary Sanford and CSSN scholar James Painter et al. examined the Twitter discourse around the IPCC's Special Report on Climate Change and Land, finding that meat consumption became one of the most discussed and contentious issues in response to the report - despite being a minor part of the report.
Competing Crises? Media Coverage and Framing of Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Competing Crises? Media Coverage and Framing of Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic
New research by CSSN Scholar Mark CJ Stoddart et al. finds that media coverage of climate change has slowed in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that new framing possibilities have opened up that link environmental and economic sustainability.

CSSN in Action

The Latest Research
The latest releases of research from CSSN Scholars around the world, advancing knowledge about climate conflicts and organizations obstructing action on climate change.
Our Working Groups
CSSN working groups bring together scholars with shared interests, for discussion and collaborative research. The working groups will provide input into the CSSN Research Agenda. The groups are self-organizing and directing, and we hope to provide seed funding.
Our Projects
CSSN scholars have several projects underway that evaluate the institutional and cultural dynamics of climate-related political conflicts.

Welcome to CSSN

CSSN Seeks to:

  • Coordinate, conduct, and support peer-reviewed research into the institutional and cultural dynamics of political conflicts around climate change,
  • Assist scholars to communicate the results of this research to policymakers, the public, and the wider climate change community, and
  • Conduct educational activities regarding the results of the research to inform the political, legal, and media communities.

Featured Scholar: Ruth E. Mckie

Ruth McKie is an Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Division at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. In 2018, she completed her PhD on the Climate Change Counter Movement. This explored the continually expanding Climate Change Counter Movement beyond the USA identifying over 400 organizations that have historically operated over 53 countries in its history. She continues her work in the field of Climate Change Counter Movement, Climate Change Risk and Policy Development, Wildlife Trafficking, and Feminist Animal Studies. In 2019, she was awarded a Global Sustainable Development Research Fellowship funded by De Montfort University to continue her research on the Climate Change Counter Movement. Her focus for this project is to examine the role of diffusion within the international movement exploring the role of web communities and online activity. Ruth is currently expanding her work using Social Network Analysis and the use of Text Mining of Twitter data.

Learn more about Ruth E. Mckie.