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Media, Environment and Society

This research group is concerned with all things related to the connections between media, environment and society.

We research how the media today cover the global problem of climate change. We are journalism researchers and students at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Not only do we want to shed light upon the connections between our three main subjects, but also have a critical approach to what has not been ideally done in the past. This will hopefully enable us, and others, to improve in the future.

An important part of what we do with all our research is to strengthen our ability to teach climate change journalism at both BA and MA levels at OsloMet.

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    • More about the Research Group

      The environment and society are connected in so many different ways and it is often the media that make the connections – or they perhaps should have. This research group is open to anybody who is interested in such connections. Most of our members are media or journalism researchers or students at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies interested in the environment and society. We also have members who mostly work with environmental and societal issues elsewhere than OsloMet, who are interested in the media.  This is a big strength for us, and many of them are part of prolific research institutes, looking at environmental issues from the point of view of consumption, cities or welfare. We also have some members outside of OsloMet sharing our research interests.

      Our group used to be called Journalism, Climate Change and Globalization, because we emerged out of an international research network initiated by Elisabeth Eide, analysing how the media covered the international climate summits, the so-called COPs. This network, called MediaClimate now comprises researchers, students and working journalists from across the world.

      An important part of what we do with all our research is to strengthen our ability to teach climate change journalism at both BA and MA levels at OsloMet. We are getting ever more practical about this, we seek collaboration with the media itself on this, and we are trying to develop new ways of doing climate change journalism, and we are now planning to host Climate Journalism Engagement Labs at OsloMet from the fall of 2019 onwards.

      Our future work will be to keep up with the central questions regarding climate change. We will do qualitative content analyses of climate summits and national elections of all countries in the world. The purpose is to keep an overview of how the rhetoric and the politicians handle the climate question. We will continue to qualitative analysing the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  

    • Projects

      • Twitter and Climate
      • Pinterest and Climate Change
      • Instagram and Climate
      • Netflix and Climate