Title: Understanding and perceptions of climate change: a perspective of university stakeholders

Authors: Banu Demirel; Nilay Bicakcioglu; Sumeyra Duman; Canan Madran; Yasemin Arbak; Beyza Sumer; Sevinc Ozkul; Turkay Baran; Gulay Onusluel Gul; Okan Fistikoglu; Ali Gul; Aysegul Ozgenc Aksoy; Mustafa Dogan; Filiz Barbaros

Addresses: Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Business, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Seferihisar Fevziye Hepkon School of Applied Sciences, Dokuz Eylul University, Seferihisar Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, 35390 Izmir, Turkey

Abstract: This study aims to identify the understanding and key determinants of climate change perceptions of stakeholders of a public university. Data is collected via in-depth interviews and content analyses is carried out. Findings reveal four distinct themes: internal factors affecting perceptions of climate change, external factors affecting perceptions, pro-environmental behaviours and consequences of climate change based on the perceptions of stakeholders. The findings of this study are believed to provide insights about the public perception which can also be a valuable input in climate change communication.

Keywords: climate change; perceptions; content analysis; pro-environmental behaviour; climate change perception; temporal distance; drivers of climate change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2019.101095

International Journal of Global Warming, 2019 Vol.18 No.3/4, pp.385 - 400

Available online: 18 Jul 2019 *

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