Green Transition Attitudes: Social Risks and Deservingness in the context of Climate Change

The main mission of the international project is to identify shifts and patterns in people‘s deservingness perceptions towards different welfare beneficiaries in Europe in the context of climate change and the transition to a “net-zero transition”. The overall ambition is to better understand how social risks related to climate change and transition policies are perceived and what makes specific welfare policies – that are supposed to help people in the context of global warming and its mitigation – publicly and politically more acceptable.

The work packages lead by Vincent Gengnagel deal with focus-groups (WP2) and public sociology (WP6). At the crossroads of policy and public sociology, the project analyses deservingness reasonings and justifications in different socio-economic groups in Belgium, Slovenia and Germany (6 per country), reflexively engaging with welfare and
ecology experts, lay persons and broader designated publics.

Key facts

green transition attitudes, social risks, deservingness climate change
08/01/2024 - 07/31/2027
University institutions
Interdisziplinäres Europaforschungszentrum (ICES), Seminar für Soziologie


More specifically, we want to know three things: First, how are social risks related to climate change and "Net Zero Transition" publicly framed on the one hand and perceived by different social groups and individuals on the other (RQ 1)? Second, who is perceived as deserving to benefit from public support in this changing context (RQ 2)?) Third, how do public framings, group-specific and individual perceptions towards social risks and deservingness attributions play out in different national contexts (RQ 3)?


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Christian MöstlM.A.