Viktoria Cologna

Viktoria Cologna
Harvard University | Harvard · Department of History of Science

Doctor of Science ETH Zurich

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Scientists are called upon by policymakers to provide recommendations on how to address climate change. It has been argued that as policy advisors, scientists can legitimately make instrumental value judgements (recommendations based on defined policy goals), but not categorical value judgements (challenge and/or redefine established policy goals),...
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Scientists in the United States are more politically liberal than the general population. This fact has fed charges of political bias. To learn more about scientists’ political behavior, we analyze publicly available Federal Election Commission data. We find that scientists who donate to federal candidates and parties are far more likely to support...
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Glavovic et al. ([2021]. The tragedy of climate change science. Climate and Development, 1–5.) recently argued that the science-society contract is broken and that–given the urgency of climate change–scientists should agree to a moratorium on climate change research. We are grateful to the authors for their courage to spark this very important disc...
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Experts worldwide point to the challenges our world is facing (e.g., land degradation, resource scarcity, global warming) as described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Many studies have analyzed how to cope with these challenges. Aside from promoting pro-environmental behaviors, it was proposed that technological innovations might...
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Visions of sustainable cities mostly conjure up well tended home and community gardens, where owners and residents plant fruits and vegetables that supply some of their livelihood needs. Indeed, home gardens can contribute to household food security but often fail to do so. Moreover, gardens can provide several additional ecosystem services and imp...
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Changes in household consumption patterns to low-carbon alternatives are needed to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions. Accurate perceptions about the CO2 mitigation potential of different behaviours can help consumers to reduce their emissions. With a sample of N = 547 Swiss participants, we analysed to what extent participants correctly judg...
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Current consumption patterns are a strong accelerator of climate change. Therefore, switching to low-carbon lifestyles would be an effective way for individuals to mitigate climate change. However, grasping the manifold risks of climate change and evaluating related behavioural decisions can be a cognitively demanding task, especially when knowledg...
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The Fridays for Future strikes involve students striking for increased action on climate change, and this movement has spread to 185 countries and received widespread media attention. This exploratory study investigates motives for participating or not in the climate strikes and future participation among students in Switzerland. In a sample of N =...
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Scientists' role in outreach and advocacy has been debated extensively, but empirical evidence on its perceived legitimacy is scarce. We contacted scientists researching climate change to investigate scientists' engagement levels, as well as expectations regarding political and public engagement. We then compared how scientists (N = 1,107) and Germ...
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Human activities are causing climate change and severely degrading ecosystems resulting in biodiversity loss unprecedented for millions of years (IPBES, 2019; IPCC, 2018). Mitigating these problems largely hinges on changing human behavior. Although a major stream of environmental psychology is interested in changing behavior to address environment...
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Digitalisation is often depicted as a silver bullet to address sustainability issues, due to its potential to decarbonise the global economy and energy supply and to dematerialise production and consumption. Efficiency gains of digital technologies are unparalleled, digital services can be provided at low energy costs, and sustainable practices, su...
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Successful climate change mitigation and adaptation depends on the public's trust in experts. Gaining a deeper understanding of how trust in certain actors influences individuals' mitigation and adaptation behaviours is, therefore, key. We present results of a meta-analysis that examines the role of trust in institutions, scientists, industry, envi...
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In the winter 2015/2016 a series of storms resulted in widespread flooding in northern England, damaging hundreds of properties, disrupting transport and exposing public contempt of flood risk management. The flooding was widely covered in the media. This chapter develops a methodological framework to conceptualise factors influencing risk percepti...
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In the winter 2015/2016 a series of storms resulted in widespread flooding in northern England, damaging hundreds of properties, disrupting transport and causing public disdain. The flooding was widely covered in the media. This article develops a methodological framework to conceptualise factors influencing risk perception related to flood events,...

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The fellowship research has two case studies, one in Somerset Levels and Moors (SLM) and the other in the Aire and Calder catchment (A&C). I have six interlinked inquires: an integrated ES assessment of land and water level options in SLM, a UK wide survey on NFM, a social network analysis of catchment based approaches in A&C, a media analysis of winter 2015 floods, innovative policy instruments in the SLM, and an overview policy paper on flood risk management.