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Annual Geiger Lecture

Public support for climate change action: Lessons from Norway

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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This year, the Geography Department’s annual Geiger Memorial Lecture is entitled; Public support for climate change action: Lessons from Norway, presented by Mads Dahl Gjefsen. He is currently a visiting scholar in the UWO Department of Geography & Urban Planning. He is about to submit his PhD thesis in the field of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.


Many options exist for addressing climate change through regulation and technology development. However, such measures are often expensive, and therefore dependent on strong public support. This lecture will describe an ambitious–but ultimately unsuccessful–attempt to develop a new energy technology in Norway. The failure will be explained with reference to public expectations about what constitutes technological success. It will be argued that public support depends on the staging of clear end points, where developments in science and technology are made visible as national achievements. In this respect, the Apollo space program and cold war communication tactics provide an instructive example of how the public can be mobilized in the fight against global warming.


In addition to the lecture, we will be recognizing several student accomplishments and showcase the work of our seniors from their capstone seminar which focused on the application of geographic scale. The poster session begins at 2pm.

Hope to see you there!
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