Public Opinion Mini-Symposium

As an extension of the climate change symposium, a mini-symposium on public opinion toward climate change will bring together academics from around the country.

Mini-Symposium Agenda

Tuesday, April 27
8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Room 105
Understanding climate change: Insights from public opinion research
  • Political polarization in views on climate change
    Dr. Riley Dunlap, Sociology, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Aaron McCright, Sociology and Lyman Briggs, MSU
  • A pilot study on increasing acceptance of an increase in the gas tax
    Dr. Stan Kaplowitz, Sociology, MSU; and Dr. Aaron McCright, Sociology and Lyman Briggs, MSU
  • The color of confusion
    Dr. Julie Libarkin, Geological Sciences and Division of Science and Mathematics Education, MSU
  • Understanding public opinion formation: Why do people reject or support climate change policies?
    Dr. Rachael Shwom, Human Ecology, Rutgers University
1:30 - 5 p.m.

Room 104
Workshop. Open to all.

Questions to be addressed: "What do we know?" and "What do we need to know?"

Our goal is to identify key points where the literature seems to have consensus and points that are high priorities for further research. We will spend part of the time in free form discussion and part of the time in a structured discussion to identify key points.

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Place TBD

Continued discussion of key points from afternoon session. Attendance is limited to researchers.

Wednesday, April 28
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Willy Room
Working session. Limited to researchers.

Draft concensus paper.

Note: Continental breakfast will be served 8 - 9 a.m. and continental lunch will be served Noon - 1 p.m.

Back to symposium agenda