The journey from ‘farmers’ to Farmers for Climate Action: Exploring identity and social change in rural Australia

What motivates farmers to activate on climate change? And how do they navigate this important but contentious topic within their social networks? This project used qualitative methods to unpack these very questions with NSW farmers who are affiliated with the climate advocacy group Farmers for Climate Action. The farmers describe challenges in navigating their motivation on climate change in a broader social setting that is suspicious and sometimes even hostile toward climate advocates. Through discussing their experiences within their social networks, and of rural and farming culture more broadly, they provide insights for productive ways to continue to engage farmers and rural Australia on this important issue. 

Bec Colvin is a senior lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her research examines the social dimensions of climate and energy change, with a particular focus on intergroup relations and social identity.

Society and Climate Change Seminar Series 

Connect with researchers studying similar topics. Present your research in a supportive multidisciplinary environment. Held every six weeks on a Wednesday, from 9:00am to 10:30am at ANU. PhD and Master students welcome. Proudly supported by the Institute of Climate, Energy, and Disaster Solutions.

Seminars run from 9-10:30am: 30 minute presentation, 30 minute Q&A and 30 minutes for coffee and cake

Building 39 (Psychology), Seminar Room 217, University Avenue, Canberra  ACT  2601

Morning tea is included so don’t forget your mug!

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Dates for 2023