4th Annual UCSB Environmental Politics Conference

Event Date: 

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Bren Hall 1424

The UCSB Center for Social Solutions to Environmental Problems (CSSEP), a joint venture of the Department of Political Science and the Bren School, is pleased to announce the schedule for the 4th annual UCSB Environmental Politics Conference on May 27, 2016 from 12:30-6pm. The conference will be take place in Bren Hall 1424, and all members of the UCSB community are welcome to attend.


12:30-1:00: Welcome and Introductions

1:00-2:45: Session 1

Political backlash against renewable energy policy

Leah Stokes, Department of Political Science

Deliberating ‘fracking’ in the US and UK: Views on shale development, climate change and energy futures

Tristan Partridge and Barbara Harthorn, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Department of Anthropology

Democratic representation, congressional approval, and climate change: How Americans want their elected officials to decide Sarah Anderson, Bren School

Is there an economy-environment tradeoff in mass public opinion?

Matto Mildenberger, Department of Political Science

2:45-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15– 5:00: Session 2

Salmon aquaculture in crisis: Influenza, state capacity, and the ‘Chilean’ model

Javiera Barandiarán, Global Studies Department

Race and environment: Towards a theory of belonging

Mia White, Black Studies Department

The potential role of ‘actively open-minded thinking’ in preventing motivated reasoning about controversial science

Neil Stenhouse, Department of Life Sciences Communication (UW- Wisconsin)

Reducing the uncertainty and controversy about uncertainty and controversy framing in research on climate change journalism

Abel Gustafson and Ronald Rice, Department of Communication

5:00-6:00: Reception, Bren Deck


This year's conference is sponsored by the UCSB Center for Social Solutions to Environmental Problems & the Anton Vonk Chair in Environmental Politics