Research Project on Climate Change in Wales

Research Project on Climate Change in Wales

Dear Sir / Madam,

My name is Rhodri Evans and I am a research assistant at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. I am contacting you as part of my role involved with an exciting new research project being undertaken by the department to investigate young people’s perceptions of climate change in Wales.

To summarise the project’s objectives briefly, I and my colleagues are interested in understanding the factors that play a role in how young people in Wales, aged 16 to 18, perceive and respond to climate change. As such, we want to investigate how factors such as identity, location, the local environment, political orientation and the role of social media influence individuals across Wales and contribute to structuring their response to climate change. As part of our research objectives, we hope to explore:

• How do young people perceive climate change?

• How do young people gather to challenge climate change?

• What form have these protests taken?

• What role does social media play in the process (e.g. in motivating social movements, or in presenting climate change narratives)?

• What factors shape the perceptions of those sceptical of climate change?

• Do ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ differences contribute to different perceptions?

• What role does industrial heritage play?

As part of the project we are keen to hear from young people from all over Wales, and from different backgrounds. As a result we are very keen to hear from members of your organisation, and to question them on their perception of climate change. We would be very keen to hear from any of your members who are aged 16 – 18 who would be interested in contributing to the project. As part of their contribution to the project we would conduct a one-to-one interview with them, of approximately 40 minutes, on a convenient electronic platform. Notes will be taken during the interview, as well as an audio recording, and all data collected will be edited to be completely anonymous before we undertake to analyse it. Personal information or details that would identify individuals will be removed during the transcription process. Once all recordings are transcribed the audio file will be deleted. The interviews are scheduled to take place from the middle of this month to the end of September 2020.

Would you be able to inform your members of the opportunity available to them as part of our research project?

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If you, or any members have any questions then please do not hesitate in contacting me on rae5@aber.ac.uk.

Thank you very much for your time, and for your help with the project.

With sincere thanks,

Rhodri Aled Evans.