Journal article

Keeping the heart a long way from the brain: The emotional labour of climate scientists

Lesley Head, Theresa Harada

Emotion, Space and Society | Elsevier | Published : 2017


This paper contributes to increased understanding of emotions and climate change through a study of the emotional management strategies employed by a sample of Australian climate scientists. We bring three broad areas of literature into conversation in order to think more productively about climate change and emotion: recent applications of the concept of emotional labour, studies of the role of emotion in science, and feminist perspectives on the performative role of emotions. In response to contextual drivers that include the social norms of science, a strong climate denialist influence and the preservation of self and family, these scientists mobilize a range of behaviours and strategies ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by the Australian Research Council (FL0992397). This research was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Social Science, Humanities and Behavioural Science) of the University of Wollongong (HE14/157). We are indebted to the participants for their time and interest.