Professor Olaf Corry on social movements and climate policy dilemmas

Professor Olaf Corry has published an article in ‘Sociology’, the British Sociological Association’s flagship journal, on climate protesters’ policy-knowledge.

In the article, ‘Protests and Policies: How Radical Social Movement Activists Engage with Climate Policy Dilemmas‘, Professor Corry and co-author Dr David Reiner (University of Cambridge) document radical social change activists’ attitudes concerning controversial climate policy options.

Data gathered at ‘Climate Camps’ in six national contexts are presented alongside evidence from similar ‘participant-instigator’ events at Green Party conferences. The authors argue that activists engaged in direct action outside the established political system had policy knowledge and agendas comparable to or surpassing those active within the system, and that support for radical change appears correlated with – rather than opposed to – knowledge and interest in policy agendas.

Read the full article in 'Sociology'