Thursday, April 13, 2017

Student Researchers Needed
Join ASU's Research Team!

Project Title: Public Engagement in Science Advocacy and Climate Change Marches

Attending the March for Science or People’s Climate Change March in April 2017? Arizona State University seeks approximately 10 student researchers to help participate in data collection activities for our research project during the March for Science (April 22, 2017) and People’s Climate March (April 29, 2017) in Washington, DC. You’ll get to participate in the march, gain research experience, and be compensated for your support. Student researchers will help administer an in-person survey questionnaire using a mobile device during one or both marches, depending on interest and availability.

Expected activities and responsibilities include:
− Correspond remotely with project organizers prior to March for Science and/or People’s Climate March to become familiar with project and meeting locations.
− Attend a 1-hour training workshop in Washington, DC to become familiar with the survey protocol, load survey to your mobile device, and pilot the survey.
− Recruit participants and collect in-person survey data for 2-3 hours during the March for Science and/or People’s Climate March.
− Attend a 1-hour post-march data consolidation meeting in Washington, DC.

Payment and expected duration:
− We expect total participation to consist of 5 hours of research activities per march, the majority of which will take place the day of the march.
− We are offering a $30 honorarium for each march you help with, and you will receive an additional $2 for each survey response you collect. Surveys take approximately 5 minutes to administer each.

Eligibility: Students from any discipline, background or year of studies are welcome. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to both marches.

If interested please email with a statement of interest and include information about any university research ethics training you have completed previously.

Dr. Sonja Klinsky
Assistant Professor
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Jeffrey Swofford
Ph.D. Student
School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

More about our project:
Tensions about the possibility and desirability of scientists’ traditional role as objective, disinterested providers of knowledge in the face of difficult public policy challenges have been discussed in a range of academic contexts. Climate change has spurred an especially vibrant debate about the appropriate role of scientists. Several prominent climate scientists have taken up the charge of actively advocating for climate action. This institutionalization of calls for science to extend beyond the laboratory suggest that the social contract for research is itself changing, and with it, the occupational identity of what it means to be a scholar, especially in contested arenas like climate change. Interestingly, despite a range of normative arguments both for against scientists taking a stronger advocacy role in the climate issue, there has been little investigation of the extent to which scientists’ self-perceived occupational identities are shifting. This study focuses directly on those people who have chosen to participate in the March for Science and/or People’s Climate March, and explores their rationales for engagement, the extent to which they self-perceive this engagement to be part of their occupation, and their participation intentions for both marches.