Subproject 10


Responsibility and effectiveness: Social perspectives on climate protection 

Climate protection measures in democratic societies can only be successful if citizens accept them as feasible and legitimate. Perceptions of responsibility and efficacy (e.g. who is responsible for a particular measure, how much influence does an individual, group, or institution have) play a key role in creating public acceptance. However, major knowledge gaps persist concerning these issues, which could be effectively closed through targeted social scientific research.

BAYSICS subproject 10 is dedicated to the social-scientific investigation, assessment and analysis of public views and opinions concerning the  responsibility and efficacy of different societal actors (e.g. consumers, businesses, associations and social movements, national, regional and local political organisations) in the realm of climate protection. It adopts an innovative multi-stage research design that links theoretical, conceptual and empirical steps.

The empirical part of BAYSICS Subproject 10 combines both qualitative and quantitative social research methods (e.g. interviews with citizens, politicians and scientists, focus groups and an online survey). It intends to capture a broad range of opinions, with a particular focus on societal actors who are involved climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in Bavaria. Scientific insights from this subproject will also inform recommendations for political and practicalaction.

Principal investigator: 

Prof. Dr. Henrike Rau

Teaching and Research Facility Environment and Society

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Luisenstraße 37

80333 München

Tel: +49 89 21804179