Joshua Ettinger

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisors: Professor Friederike Otto; Dr Pete Walton; Dr James Painter

Extreme Weather Events as Teachable Moments: Examining the Role of Attribution Science in Building Support for Climate Action

Academic Profile

Josh's interdisciplinary doctoral research explores the notion of 'teachable moments' in the wake of extreme weather events. In particular, he is examining the potential role of extreme event attribution in helping galvanize support among the public for climate action by connecting human-driven climate change to specific extreme weather events.

Prior to Oxford, he worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in a variety of roles, including as a senior communications associate, science and policy program assistant, and personal assistant to AAAS CEO Dr Rush Holt. He holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the School of Geography and the Environment, on which he now works as a teaching assistant, and a BA from Hofstra University Honors College. He also runs science storytelling workshops for NGOs, research groups and students based on earlier experiences working in the entertainment industry (e.g., as a production intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and a lifelong passion for screenwriting and filmmaking.

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