Narratives and the Policy Process: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework. Chapter 9: A Narrative Policy Framework Solution to Understanding Climate Change Framing Research
Wolters, Erika Allen
Jones, Michael D.
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The climate change framing literature is vast. So much so that researchers—whether seasoned framing scholars or those foraying into climate change framing research for the first time—can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of studies, the vast array of concepts deployed, the variation in how these same concepts are operationalized, the nuance of a barely numerable assortment of contexts, and the effects all of the aforementioned have on interpreting findings. Here we offer a synthetic review of said literature, focusing on adaptation and mitigation framing studies and findings. In so doing, we first briefly distill the overall developmental arc of climate change framing research. We then provide a conventionally styled thematic overview of the mitigation and adaptation climate change studies. Among other conclusions, we find that while there has been a proliferation of climate change framing research, the findings and the studies themselves are often quite disparate from one another. Moreover, as the literature speaks to itself intermittently and in an ad hoc fashion, it is not readily apparent how climate change framing studies holistically fit together. As a solution to this problem, we offer the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) as a narrative heuristic to help climate change researchers and communicators organize and understand the literature. We argue that an NPF integration of this inherently unwieldy literature increases the likelihood of research utilization and improves the ability of climate change communicators to inform people about the risks of climate change.
Narratives and the Policy Process: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework by Erika Allen Wolters; Michael D. Jones; and Kathryn Duvall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
Wolters, Erika Allen, Michael D. Jones, and Kathryn Duvall. “A Narrative Policy Framework Solution to Understanding Climate Change Framing Research” Chapter 9 in Narratives and the Policy Process: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework. Edited by Michael D. Jones, Mark K. McBeth, and Elizabeth A. Shanahan. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University Library. 222-242. doi.org/10.15788/npf9