Dr Bec Colvin is a social scientist and Lecturer with the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She researches social-political conflict and identity, and how these factors shape the social dimension of climate, energy and environmental policy issues. She is co-convenor of the Master of Climate Change and teaches communication for policy and research methods.
Latest polling shows emissions reduction may not have been the hot button issue that swayed the Australian electorate.
Opinion surveys across the big emitters reveal the social complexity surrounding climate policy commitments.
Social identity, not scientific evidence, drives many people’s attitudes on climate change.