Wanted: blog readers to be interviewed as part of PhD research into climate blogging


Guest post by Giorgos Zoukas. As part of his research on climate blogging he would like to interview blog readers. Please contact him if you’d like to participate. He has interviewed me as well as some other climate scientist bloggers. BV


Invitation to participate in a PhD research project on climate blogging

My name is Giorgos Zoukas and I am a second-year PhD student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS, http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/) at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/home). This guest post is an invitation to the readers and commenters of this blog to participate in my project.

This is a self-funded PhD research project that focuses on a small selection of scientist-produced climate blogs, exploring the way these blogs connect into, and form part of, broader climate science communication. The research method involves analysis of the blogs’ content, as well as semi-structured in-depth interviewing of both bloggers and readers/commenters.

Anyone who comments on this blog, on a regular basis or occasionally, or anyone who just reads this blog without posting any comments, is invited to participate as an interviewee. The interview will focus on the person’s experience as a climate blog reader/commenter.*

The participation of readers/commenters is very important to this study, one of the main purposes of which is to increase our understanding of climate blogs as online spaces of climate science communication.

If you are interested in getting involved, or if you have any questions, please contact me at: G.Zoukas -at- sms.ed.ac.uk (Replace the -at- with the @ sign)

(Those who have already participated through my invitation on another climate blog do not need to contact me again.)

*The research complies with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Sciences Ethics Policy and Procedures, and an informed consent form will have to be signed by both the potential participants (interviewees) and me.


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5 Responses to “Wanted: blog readers to be interviewed as part of PhD research into climate blogging”

  1. WebHubTelescope (@WHUT) Says:

    Science is not done on blogs but in forums where all participants have an equal footing. Look at the success of an earth sciences, math, and physics forum such as the Azimuth Project, where the following climate model was socialized:


  2. jyyh Says:

    I guess these could be relevant links for some people: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/research/ethics

    Click to access SSPSEthicsProceduresAug2015_LRJ.pdf

    I believe he’s contacted you via snail mail or otherwise as you say:
    “He has interviewed me as well as some other climate scientist bloggers. BV”

    This sounds like the correct person

    and he appears to be enlisted in Edinborourgh University as a person by the same name has kept a seminar last January:

    “A Critical Approach to Climate Change Blogging from a Science and Technologies Studies Perspective
    Giorgos Zoukas

    Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

    The long-standing controversy about climate change and its causes takes place primarily in traditional academic forums and through NGOs, while the mass media, particularly the television and print newspapers, affect the public opinion in different ways. Today, distinct internet formations like websites and weblogs (blogs) provide an important amount of information about climate change. The character of “climate change blogs” (which are a subdivision of the wider category of “science blogs”) as relatively new platforms of computer-mediated communication (CMC) of climate change knowledge is the subject of my study. In particular, through a qualitative multiple-case study of climate change blogs run by working scientists, my aims are to explore: a) whether and how these blogs can be seen as new forms of communication practices related to science; b) whether and how new types of knowledge are being created in their “sociotechnical” environments.”

    I’m not too sure if this (https://www.youtube.com/user/zouzoukas) is his youtube channel, but if it is, there’s a like for Pearl Jam’s ‘Rearviewmirror’, which likely confirms he’s an ok guy :-P.

    As for me, I have some scientific education (M.Sc.), though not exactly on climate science (but of course climate change connects to life sciences too) , and WILL check the given journal references on a blog post if possible and a blog sounds interesting or somewhat out of order. I’ve been commenting on climate blogs for quite a while now (since mid-00s) and find them a nice place to get overviews on some scientific issues occasionally. Thus, I’m not too fond of the social experiments like WUWT. As for the interview request by George, I’d like to inquire how the interview would be done, email, phone, snail mail, or some other method?

    Sorry for the lenghty post, but some background over this sort of studies is needed in my opinion.

  3. jyyh Says:

    WebHubTel, you likely know of the 1912 Novarupta eruption already. You have some highly interesting work in there. Thanks for the pointer.

  4. Bart Verheggen Says:


    You can contact George Z directly to ask those questions. He provided his emaladress in the blogpost.

  5. greeningasiablog Says:

    Is this still active?

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