Jose A. Moreno's thesis December 2023
PhD viva, Communication Department, Pompeu Fabra University
Title: The climate of the elites. Press coverage and political perception of climate action contrarian think tanks in Europe
Author: Jose Antonio Moreno Cabezudo
Director: Dr. Núria Almiron Roig
President: Dr. Miquel Rodrigo Alsina, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Secretary: Dr. Rosalba Mancinas Chávez, University of Seville
Vocal: Dr. Bruce Toby Andrew Miller, University of California Riverside
- Date: December 15, 2023
- Time: 11.00h
- Room: Auditori (Poblenou Campus)
- Language: Spanish
This thesis is part of the THINKClima project and addresses questions about the press and political impact of think tanks opposed to climate action addressed in this research project. Thesis abstract:
The general objective of this dissertation is to understand the press and political impact of European think tanks that oppose climate action. The content analysis of 1,516 press texts shows that certain newspapers have reproduced the frames of the most relevant climate action obstructionist think tanks in Europe, mostly in the UK. In the examined sample, frames with political content predominate over those with scientific content. The analysis is complemented by a survey of MEPs and interviews with APAs in the European Parliament that indicate almost no awareness of climate action contrarian think tanks, despite showing that think tanks are generally used in policymaking. This thesis contributes to the lines of research on journalism, interest groups and climate action obstructionism.
Keywords: climate change, climate crisis, climate obstructionism, climate denialism, scepticism, journalism, think tanks.