Author Biographies

Dorothee Arlt has been teaching and researching at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bern as a Senior Assistant since 2013. Her research focuses on political communication, media in the context of flight and migration, science, energy and climate communication, as well as media reception and impact. Dorothee Arlt studied Applied Media Science at the Technical University of Ilmenau.

Michael Brüggemann is Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at Universität Hamburg and Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence CLICCS (Climate, Climatic Change, and Society). His research explores the transformations of journalism, political and science communication from a comparative perspective. For recent publications, see Commentary on climate communication may be found at

Fenja De Silva-Schmidt received her MA in Journalism and Communication Studies at Universität Hamburg, where she is also currently working as a Research Associate to the Chair of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication. In her PhD dissertation, she analyzes how media coverage and interpersonal communication influence knowledge acquisition about climate politics.

Sara de Wit joined the Institute of Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford, as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2017. She is currently part of the Forecasts for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action (FATHUM) project. Trained in Anthropology and African Studies, Sara has a strong empirical orientation and has carried out “ethnographies of aid”—at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), development theories, environmental anthropology and postcolonial studies—in which she broadly focused on how globally circulating ideas (such as climate change and notions of “modernity” and “development”) travel, and what happens when they are translated by varying actors along the translation chain.

Freja C. Eriksen holds an MA in Journalism, Media and Globalization from Aarhus University and Universität Hamburg. Since concluding her thesis on sense-making of climate change in Greenland, she has become a climate and energy transition correspondent for Clean Energy Wire in Berlin. Before this, she worked as an editor at a Danish online news site covering the public sector. As a freelance journalist, she has researched the illegal international trade in electronic waste. She holds a BA in Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Friedrich received his doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Universität Hamburg within the framework of the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “Climate System Analysis and Prediction”. Previously, he was a fellow of the research group “The Cultural Constitution of Causal Cognition: Re-Integrating Anthropology into the Cognitive Sciences” at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld. He was a lecturer at the University of Cologne and the Ruhr-University of Bochum, and is now a researcher at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt.

Imke Hoppe is a senior researcher at the Chair of Journalism and Communication Science at Universität Hamburg. She holds a PhD in Communication Science from TU Ilmenau. Her research interest lies in climate change and sustainability communication, with a special focus on digital media. Her research methods combine qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical communication research.

Shameem Mahmud works as a part-time lecturer in Media and Communication Research Methods and Journalism Cultures at the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, Universität Hamburg. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Universität Hamburg and specializes in public perceptions and communication of climate-change risks. Shameem also studied at the Universities of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Aarhus, Denmark; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research focuses on environmental communication and journalism cultures. He previously worked at the University of Dhaka, and as a journalist in Bangladesh.

Friederike E. L. Otto is the Acting Director of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford and an Associate Professor at the ECI Global Climate Science Programme. Her main research interests are extreme weather events and improving and developing methodologies to answer the question “whether, and to what extent, external climate drivers alter the likelihood of extreme weather to occur”. She furthermore investigates the policy implications of this emerging scientific field. Friederike earned a Diploma in Physics from the University of Potsdam and a PhD in the Philosophy of Science from the Free University Berlin in 2012.

Simone Rödder is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Science and Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence CLICCS at Universität Hamburg. She has an academic background in biology and sociology and is trained as a journalist. Her research explores communication across boundaries and focuses on science communication, science journalism, inter- and transdisciplinarity, and the science-policy interface. For recent publications see

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