The Anxieties of Democracy (AoD) program’s Working Group on Climate Change has released three substantive reports on the ways in which social science, particularly political science, can and should engage with climate change. Here, AoD’s Kris-Stella Trump and Cole Edick provide an overview of the reports, which address the political demand for addressing climate change, the politics of choosing climate change policies, and the ethical and normative concerns that underscore the need for political action. Each report provides a concise overview of current research and outlines suggestions for future work.
Kris-Stella Trump is program director for the Anxieties of Democracy Program. Together with Jason Rhody (program director for the Digital Culture Program), she also coleads the Media & Democracy project. Kris-Stella is a political scientist with a specialization in political psychology, and her research agenda focuses on perceptions of deservingness, public reactions to income inequality, and the consequences of public policy. She received her PhD in political science from Harvard University in 2013, and holds an M.Phil in European politics from Oxford University and a BA in social and political sciences from Cambridge University. Her work has appeared in journals including The Journal of Politics and the British Journal of Political Science. Prior to joining the SSRC, Kris-Stella worked at the Office of Evaluation Sciences, where she designed and ran behavioral science field experiments to improve public policy. She has also held positions as research associate at IMPAQ, Int., and as college fellow at Harvard University.