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The role of gender in peer-group perceptions of climate scientists’ media statements

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Lauren Armstrong, George Adamson

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-853
Number of pages13
JournalPUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE
Volume30
Issue number7
Early online date2 Jul 2021
DOIs
E-pub ahead of print2 Jul 2021
Published1 Oct 2021

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Abstract

This research explores whether environmental scientists perceive their male and female peers differently when making statements in the media including policy advocacy. Environmental scientists in the United Kingdom were provided with a media statement by a fictitious scientist containing a mixture of scientific information and advocacy, and asked to rate the statement against various attributes. Attributes were designed to represent stereotypes associated with male and female tendencies, and with science (impartial objectivity) and the media (dramatic narrative). The statements were randomly assigned to one of two male and two female scientists. Where the statements were attributed to a female scientist, male environmental scientists rated the fictitious scientist as significantly more ‘dramatic’ and ‘biased’ than their female counterparts did. These gendered attributes are typically held as contrary to the norms of science, suggesting an implicit bias among male scientists when reviewing their female peers’ media statements.

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