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Social science research in PLOS Climate

We’ve brought together a round-up of the climate social science research, reviews and commentary published in PLOS Climate over the last year, highlighting the breadth of this vital field of study.

Placing people at the heart of climate action
Patrick Devine-Wright and colleagues argue that the social sciences have a central role to play in the development of effective climate change solutions.

Climate change and security research: Conflict, securitisation and human agency
Alex Arnall assesses the current state of play in climate and security research, identifying opportunities for future progress.

Culture change to address climate change: Collaborations with Indigenous and Earth sciences for more just, equitable, and sustainable responses to our climate crisis
Heather Lazrus and colleagues call for a systemic shift towards intercultural collaborations and decolonisation in climate research.

Measuring the effect of climate change on migration flows: Limitations of existing data and analytical frameworks
Marc Helbling and co-authors review current approaches to the measurement of climate-related migration, identifying opportunities to overcome their limitations.

Extreme freshwater events, scientific realities, curriculum inclusions, and perpetuation of cultural beliefs
Alison Sammel and colleagues explore how biases in school curricula can reinforce patterns of denial that undermine climate action.

On the relationship of armed conflicts with climate change
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe discusses what is currently known about the links between climate change and human conflict, highlighting important research gaps that await investigation.

Disparities in self-reported extreme weather impacts by race, ethnicity, and income in the United States
Chad Zanocco and colleagues find that members disadvantaged and minority communities are more likely to report having been adversely affected by extreme weather events.

On the acceptance of intergenerational climate legacies: A comparison of Canada and Japan
Adachi and co-authors identify cultural differences in the way people view their responsibility for the impact of previous generations on the climate.

“How dare you?”—The normative challenge posed by Fridays for Future
Viktoria Spaiser and colleagues examine how the ‘Fridays for Future’ youth movement articulates a normative challenge to the status quo.

Re-Centering Indigenous Knowledge in climate change discourse
Jessica Hernandez and co-authors call for a renewed focus on the validity and value of Indigenous Knowledge in climate research and action.

Concerned yet polluting: A survey on French research personnel and climate change
Marianne Blanchard and colleagues find evidence for a significant value-action gap in climate-related behaviours among French scientific researchers.

Climate change sociology: Past contributions and future research needs
Debra Davidson lays out key research priorities in climate social science.

Advancing a hyperlocal approach to community engagement in climate adaptation: Results from a South Florida pilot study in two communities
Tyler Harrison and co-authors report on the successes of a new approach for engaging communities in climate adaptation informed by social science.

If you’re working on climate sociology, visit the PLOS Climate website to learn more about the journal and submit your research for peer review!

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