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

Pisarski, Anne & Ashworth, Peta (2013) The Citizen’s Round Table process : canvassing public opinion on energy technologies to mitigate climate change. Climatic Change, 119(2), pp. 533-546.

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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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ID Code: 57658
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Citizen’s Round Table, Public Opinion , Energy Technologies , Climate Change
DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0709-4
ISSN: 0165-0009
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Kluwer
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2013 04:20
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:01

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