Corporate Political Power in the Era of Climate Change

How can we conceptualize, document, and organize evidence of misinformation (or disinformation) and manipulation around climate issues? How do you know it when you see it; and who should be accountable?

Dr. Aronczyk’s current research seeks to address two primary questions:

  1. What is the institutional field of climate obstruction?
  2. What are the discourses and frames of climate obstruction; and how do they circulate within this institutional field?

The main goal of this research project is to look not just at the role of the companies themselves but at the role of the various intermediaries who support the communications and strategies of these companies. The goal is to identify the specific ways that these intermediaries support their anti-climate clients, and identify what responsibility they have for the disinformation that spreads through various public and political channels.