Voices of the Future: Values and Visions of Norwegian Youth on Responses to Climate Change

Status: Current

Dates: 2011 - 2014

Māori Relevant Content: No


  • The Research Council of Norway (Climate Change and Impacts in Norway (NORKLIMA), 2011 - 2014)

Project Abstract

The primary objective of the project is to investigate how Norwegian youth perceive their futures in a changing climate, and the implications for their sense of agency, responsibility and political engagement, in order to understand the fundamental social, cultural, and institutional prerequisites that must be in place to develop effective climate responses. This involves exploring the beliefs, values and worldviews of young people and their variations across different ethnic/minority, religious, class and gender backgrounds. The project will identify the significant conditions that shape youth's possibilities for influence and political engagement, and the factors that promote a healthy development of a sense of responsibility and ecological citizenship.

The secondary objective of the project is to understand the role of youth in promoting transformational change regarding responses to climate change, as well as the possible consequences of marginalizing or excluding their voices. The project will draw attention to new forms of political participation, new conceptualisations of citizenship, and new roles for youth in a changing climate.

Researchers - UC Staff

Researchers - Non-UC Staff

  • Karen O'Brien: Associate Investigator; University of Oslo
  • Elin Selboe: Post-Doctoral Fellow; University of Oslo

Subject Area: Disciplines