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


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: 

Julia Schubert is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Science Studies (FIW) at the University of Bonn. She works on scientific expertise and the interrelation of science and politics. Julia is particularly interested in how the emergence of governance objects is linked to structures of scientific knowledge production. Her upcoming book on the historical trajectory of geoengineering in U.S. politics is under contract with Mattering Press, Manchester. Julia holds a PhD in Sociology (University of Bonn) and an M.A. in Sociology (University of Heidelberg). She is a fellow of the “Young ZiF”, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (University of Bielefeld) and was a Fulbright scholar at CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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The Latest

New CSSN Report: Who's Delaying Climate Action in Massachusetts? Twelve Findings
A new report from a CSSN research team analyzing climate and energy lobbying records details the actors working against climate action in Massachusetts.
Bots and online climate discourses: Twitter discourse on President Trump’s announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
Climate Policy published "Bots and online climate discourses: Twitter discourse on President Trump’s announcement of U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement" by CSSN scholars Thomas Marlow and Timmons Roberts, and Sean Miller.
Potential obstruction of climate change mitigation through ISO standard on radiative forcing management
In its first CSSN position paper, CSSN Scholar Ina Möller explores the repercussions of a possible international standard for climate cooling particles.

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.