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. These groups are currently in formation, and we welcome suggestions, participation, and leadership.

Critical Studies of Climate Media, Discourse, and Power
This working group will bring together scholars from different disciplines, methodologies, and geographical locations to grapple with questions of discourse, power, and climate politics. We will analyze the role of media and other institutions in amplifying patterns of discourse that impede comprehensive and equitable responses to the climate crisis.
Global Census of Climate Obstruction Organizations
For over three decades, there has been a well-documented effort to obstruct climate action through the promulgation of climate misinformation. Its institutional makeup has been the topic of sporadic academic research. This working group aims to conduct a global study of this network.
Natural Resources, Energy and Climate Obstruction in the Global South
Global South countries across the globe have markedly different endowments and dependencies on different natural resources. This working group will bring together scholars from different disciplines, methodologies, and geographical locations to focus on patterns of obstruction, exploitation, and repression in climate struggles in the Global South.
The Politics of Geoengineering
The Geoengineering Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network brings together scholars focused on the politics of geoengineering technologies. These technologies pose a range of novel questions for climate policy and climate justice. This working group aims to analyze and challenge the ways in which geoengineering technologies are being or could be deployed to enable climate delay and obstruction.
Climate Accountability Research
There is an expanding global effort to hold corporations and governments accountable for their actions in failing to address climate change. This working group focuses on the research related to the ongoing effort to uncover institutional actions to obstruct climate action and the nature of climate litigation efforts.
Climate Conflict in the U.S. States
Stalemate at the federal level has led the 50 U.S. states to innovate climate policy, but initial gains are being increasingly resisted by private interests who stand to lose with the transition away from fossil fuels. This working group brings together researchers with diverse approaches to diverse states to develop comparative insights and improve methodology.