From indifference to making difference in climate policy: improving the interaction between political narrative and societal perceptions in Latvia

Project Details


The research aims to reduce the gap between the commitments of political elites and society in mitigating climate change. Grounded in the belief that not only scientific facts and legislation, but also narratives on climate change that circulate in society are of vital importance for action (or inaction), the research will focus on the discursive side of the action. To improve the interaction between political narratives and how society receives them the following is planned: (1) to extract political narratives on climate change in Latvia, especially focusing on energy; (2) to discover climate change narratives circulated by citizens; (3) to analyse the link between political narratives and how they are received by citizens; (4) to elaborate guidelines for policy-makers and society on the most adequate narrative in the Latvian context to foster society's engagement in mitigating climate change and saving energy. During the project a broad range of stakeholders will be involved to ensure the longterm impact and sustainability of the project’s results, also on a policy- and societal level.
Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/23


  • Latvian Council of Science: €299,544.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • climate change
  • narrative
  • Latvia

Field of Science

  • 5.6 Political science
  • 5.2 Economy and Business
  • 5.8 Media and Communication

Smart Specialization Area

  • Social sciences and humanities as fields with horizontal impact on RIS3


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