Challenging Climate

45. Benjamin Sovacool and Chad Baum on global trends in public perceptions of climate technologies

March 07, 2024 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine Episode 45
Challenging Climate
45. Benjamin Sovacool and Chad Baum on global trends in public perceptions of climate technologies
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In this episode, we speak with Dr. Benjamin Sovacool and Dr. Chad Baum, about their newly published, high-impact paper, “Public Perceptions and Support of Climate Intervention Technologies across the Global North and Global South”. Join us as we discuss the key findings of their work, and how these findings can and should influence policy and governance methods.

Dr. Benjamin Sovacool is a professor with affiliations at Aarhus University, the University of Sussex and Boston University.  Dr. Chad Baum is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Development and Technology of Aarhus University.

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Intro and background
Introduction on their newly published paper on public perceptions on climate technologies
Key findings of the paper
Findings on support of policy and governance methods
What are the leading drivers of these observed trends?
Reception and reactions to these results within the academic community
What role do you see public perception work playing in the policy process or broader debate?
Ensuring robustness and impartiality when designing the survey
Acquiescence bias
Past paper on public perceptions on solar geoengineering
Do the governments’ responses reflect public perceptions?
The GENIE Project
Contestations within the climate community
What has surprised you and have your own views changed?
What gives you hope?