CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 1 - Fall 2023

Session 1 - Fall 2023 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET 13 September 2023, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Session 1 Details

In this talk, I will discuss three aspects of climate communication on Twitter from 2014 to early 2023 based on work published in [Falkenberg et al., Nature Climate Change (2022)]. First, I will discuss the large recent increase in political polarization around the COP climate conferences, highlighting the role that politicians play in the debate. Second, I will show how the spread of climate sceptic language on Twitter peaked in 2022, more than doubling its reach from previous years. I will comment on the role of the Elon Musk takeover of Twitter, noting how his amnesty on banned accounts has facilitated renewed online climate scepticism. Third, I will look at the intersection between the pro-climate majority and the climate sceptic minority to reveal how accusations of political hypocrisy aimed at political elites have become the key unifying issue between groups with opposed climate ideologies. Finally, I will discuss the implication of these results and will comment on the growing view amongst climate activists that climate misinformation should be routinely deplatformed from social media.

Seminar Speaker

Max Falkenberg
Dr. Max Falkenberg

Max Falkenberg is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Maths department at City, University of London, and a Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Sustainable Resources at UCL. Having completed his PhD in the physics of complex systems at Imperial College London, Max's work has focused on using network methods to understand the structures of communication on social media, with a particular interest in climate change, deplatforming, and political polarization.


Ghita Berrada

Welcome Introduction Dr. Ghita Berrada, LSE

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and his talk

Max Falkenberg

Seminar Session Dr. Max Falkenberg

The Evolution of the Climate Discourse on Twitter: Polarization, Hypocrisy, and the Musk Takeover

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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