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Malcolm Fairbrother

Uppsala University

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Malcolm Fairbrother is a Professor of Sociology at Umeå University (Sweden) and the University of Graz (Austria), as well as a researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies (Stockholm). He studies public attitudes towards environmental policies, globalization, political and social trust, and social science research methods. His work has appeared in journals such as the European Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Political Science Research and Methods, and the British Journal of Political Science.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Canada Sweden United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics

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Malcolm Fairbrother. Forthcoming. “Public Opinions about Carbon Policies,” Contesting Carbon Policies, Routledge (Forthcoming).

Fairbrother M, Arrhenius G, Bykvist K, Campbell T. 2021. “Governing for Future Generations: How Political Trust Shapes Attitudes Towards Climate and Debt Policies,” Front Polit Sci. 2021;3.

Malcolm Fairbrother. 2021. “The Case of British Columbia, Canada,” Contesting Carbon Policies, Routledge (2021). 

Malcolm Fairbrother, Ingemar Johansson Sevä, & Joakim Kulin. 2019. “Political Trust and the Relationship between Climate Change Beliefs and Support for Fossil Fuel Taxes: Evidence from a Survey of 23 European Countries,” Global Environmental Change (November 2019). 

Malcolm Fairbrother. 2019. “When Will People Pay to Pollute? Environmental Taxes, Political Trust, and Experimental Evidence from Britain,” British Journal of Political Science (April 2019). 

Kerry Ard & Malcolm Fairbrother. 2017. “Pollution Prophylaxis? Social Capital and Environmental Inequality,” Social Science Quarterly (June 2017). 

Malcolm Fairbrother. 2017. “Environmental Attitudes and the Politics of Distrust,” Sociology Compass (May 2017). 

Malcolm Fairbrother. “Geoengineering, Moral Hazard, and Trust in Climate Science: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Britain,” Climatic Change (October 2016). 

Malcolm Fairbrother. 2016. “Externalities: Why Environmental Sociology Should Bring Them In,” Environmental Sociology (September 2016). 

Malcolm Fairbrother. 2016. “Trust and Public Support for Environmental Protection in Diverse National Contexts,” Sociological Science (June 2016).