York Environment Lectures
Increasingly, within and outwith academia, it has been recognised it is not only ‘stakeholders’ such as scientists and politicians that should be involved in discussions about potential impacts and solutions related to complex environmental issues. Over the last several decades, the public have been asked about, with varying levels of success, their opinions, perceptions and attitudes. Whilst sometimes such forms of engagement are designed to ‘encourage’ the public down a certain decision pathway, Karen will show, through exploring some of the research she has conducted over the past 10 years on nuclear power, energy futures, and climate engineering, why we should not be afraid to ‘open up’ rather than ‘close down’ dialogue and debate. At the same time, from the perspective of her research participants, she will also discuss the limits to public engagement.
Other lectures in this series:
- Protecting ocean life in an era of rapid global change
- The planet and the public: Communicating geo-environmental science to non-technical audiences
- Sustainability dilemmas: Short-term political expediency versus long-term planetary exigency