The Citizen's Round Table process: canvassing public opinion on energy technologies to mitigate climate change

Pisarski, Anne and Ashworth, Peta (2013) The Citizen's Round Table process: canvassing public opinion on energy technologies to mitigate climate change. Climatic Change, 119 2: 533-546. doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0709-4


Author Pisarski, Anne
Ashworth, Peta
Title The Citizen's Round Table process: canvassing public opinion on energy technologies to mitigate climate change
Journal name Climatic Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0009
1573-1480
Publication date 2013-07
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0709-4
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 119
Issue 2
Start page 533
End page 546
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study draws on communication accommodation theory, social identity theory and cognitive dissonance theory to drive a 'Citizen's Round Table' process that engages community audiences on energy technologies and strategies that potentially mitigate climate change. The study examines the effectiveness of the process in determining the strategies that engage people in discussion. The process is designed to canvas participants' perspectives and potential reactions to the array of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, in particular, underground storage of CO2. Ninety-five people (12 groups) participated in the process. Questionnaires were administered three times to identify changes in attitudes over time, and analysis of video, audio-transcripts and observer notes enabled an evaluation of level of engagement and communication among participants. The key findings of this study indicate that the public can be meaningfully engaged in discussion on the politically sensitive issue of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) and other low emission technologies. The round table process was critical to participants' engagement and led to attitude change towards some methods of energy production. This study identifies a process that can be used successfully to explore community attitudes on politically-sensitive topics and encourages an examination of attitudes and potential attitude change.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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