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Qualitative Analysis

To analyze dominant discourses and narratives stemming from news media around disaster milestones to capture, through the development of a conceptual framework, the extent to which stereotypical representations and framing are created of issues relating to climate change-induced mobilities and to investigate how media professionals and activities rely on climate change and mobilities research.

Have media narratives been creating stereotypical representations of climate migrants? What have been the most common characterizations?

  • 2.1 What challenges do researchers face when they want to feed their findings into the media? What are the challenges the other way around?
  • 2.2 How do media professionals/political activists rely on research on the nexus between mobilities and climate change? What makes the interaction easier or more difficult from the media’s/political point of view?
  • 2.3 How can academia communicate with people who are not already very ‘aware’ of the issue and interested in this topic? and where?

The main focus of WP2 in the research project is to contribute to exploring and understanding climate change-induced mobilities media framing, rather than measuring it. For this purpose, a qualitative research design will be adopted relying, in particular, on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) methodologies. Finally, WP2 investigates how journalists and activists rely on research on climate change-induced mobilities.

  • Keywords-based narrative analysis: a conceptual framework will be devised to isolate key variables of media discourses and narratives used to frame the selected milestones. I will apply CDA methodologies to key narratives of climate change-induced mobilities news media framing, in order to analyze categories of terms at risk of stereotyping such as climate or environment; refugee, migrant or internally displaced person; crisis or emergency.
  • Qualitative analysis of existing representations of climate change-induced mobilities will be conducted through Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to carry out an in-depth inquiry of discourse and narrative strategies in climate change-induced mobilities-related communication. Both contextual and textual characterizations will be considered.
  • Mixed focus groups with activists, journalists, researchers to discuss the findings of the CDA analysis and to investigate