Elizabeth Boulton

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Commencement Date: 
1 February 2012
Fenner School of Environment & Society

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Thesis title: Interdisciplinary approaches to framing climate and environmental risk

The way in which a problem is framed has conceptual and practical implications. At the conceptual level, cognitive science informs us that human’s ability to perceive problems is limited by our ‘deep frames’ - that is – our worldviews which are effectively hard-wired into our brains through neuron pathways developed over a lifetime. At a practical level, framing also influences which methods and disciplines are marshalled to solve discrete aspects of the problem.

While Climate Change is often described as a ‘Wicked Problem’, it increasingly emerges that it has not been addressed as a ‘Wicked Problem’ but rather, when it comes to research funding and institutional structures, it has been approach using scientific and economic heavy problem solving methods, inadvertently framing the problem as a type of ‘techno-management issue’. This research project draws upon a variety of Humanities based approaches to explore what other framings might offer to the task of developing an effective response to risks associated with climate and environmental change.

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