In recent years, references to narratives, stories, and storytelling have become common in energy and climate change research and policy. Stories are used to communicate with, influence, and engage audiences; they help us investigate content, actors, relationships, power, and structure; they can be used to gather information, provide insight, and re-frame evidence in a way that goes to the heart of human understanding. But they are not simply benign or neutral, and a critical stance and more research into their impact and effectiveness is needed.
Here is the call for papers for a special edition in Energy Research and Social Sciences on ‘Storytelling and narratives in energy and climate change research’ which Task 24 are co-editing with Drs Katy Janda and Mithra Moezzi.
This special issue aims to cultivate a solid structure for understanding, interpreting, and applying stories within energy and climate change research and policy by (1) presenting a breadth of analytical approaches to stories and storytelling, and (2) showcasing projects that feature stories or their performance in the energy and climate change fields.
If you have interesting research on using storytelling or exploring energy and climate change narratives, please submit an abstract by 30 June 2016. Proposals for both short communications (1,000-3,000 words) and full length research papers (6,000-10,000 words) are invited. For more information, please contact our Task 24 Operating Agent Dr Sea Rotmann.