Video, Slides & Readings for Sackler Lecture on Media & Science Policy Debates
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
On Tuesday, May 22, I delivered a lecture as part of the National Academies' Sackler Colloquium on the "Science of Science Communication," reviewing the role of the media in science policy debates. The video of the lecture along with those of my fellow panelists Dominique Brossard and William Eveland is now available online.
The lectures begin following brief introductions by Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academies, and Dietram Scheufele, co-organizer of the event.
I have also posted online the slides for download. Below is a reading list specific to key subjects covered in my talk.
I am back from travel on June 6 and will have much more to say about the many outstanding presentations from leading researchers in the fields of decision science and communication.
Overviews on Communication and Science Policy Debates
Agenda-Setting and Framing Effects on News Audiences
Agenda-Building, Frame-Building, and Journalistic Decisions
Perceptions and Analysis of False Balance in Science Coverage
Elite Cues, Polarization, and Public Perceptions
Framing, Audience Segmentation, and Public Engagement on Climate Change
Reading Lists and Student Blog Posts from Relevant Courses at American University