Citizens’ Climate Research Project

The Citizens’ Climate Research Project is a 10 month project, commenced in January 2019 and funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (project 2018-CCRP-DS.18). The inter-disciplinary project team comprises Prof. Pat Brereton (School of Communications), Dr. Diarmuid Torney, and Dr. Laura Devaney (both School of Law and Government) at Dublin City University.

The Citizens’ Assembly was an exceptional experiment in democratic governance. Comprising ninety-nine citizens drawn from all walks of life, it afforded them the time, space, and structure to consider complex and important questions of public policy in a comprehensive and considered way. The 13 recommendations they agreed on the climate change topic were significantly more radical than many expected.

The Assembly’s deliberations on climate change provide an incredibly rich source of data on environmental literacy in Ireland, as well as lessons for deepening public engagement in this area. This project is focusing on both the substance and process of the Citizens’ Assembly, and undertakes two principal tasks. First, we are comprehensively analysing written submissions, video footage, and papers prepared by experts at the Citizens’ Assembly on climate change. Second, we are using this analysis to develop a toolkit for policymakers to enhance public engagement on climate change. This toolkit will be tested using focus groups and refined on the basis of the diverse audience feedback obtained.

For further information, please contact Dr. Laura Devaney: laura.devaney@dcu.ie.

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