Understanding Climate Change Representations of Environmental Science Students: A Socio-Psychological Approach
Social Representation Theory was applied to understand how environmental science students of JNU, University
of Delhi and Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) represented climate change. The responses were acquired through open
ended questions in one on one semi structured interview format. It was found that respondents’ dominant representations
reflected those that were already part of social discourse and respondents claimed to have had perceptual experience of
climate change Also a mild undercurrent of skepticism was evident from the responses. Implications for science
communication are discussed at the end.
Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Change Experience, Skepticism, Social Representation Theory