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Shinichiro Asayama

National Institute for Environmental Studies

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Shinichiro Asayama is a Senior Researcher at Social Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. As an environmental social scientist, he is interested in understanding how people construct ‘climate change’ as a narrative for social change (or non-change). His research broadly focuses on the politics of scientific knowledge and technological imaginaries in the science-policy interface of climate change. In particular, from the interpretive and critical social scientific perspectives, he studies the role of discourses, framings and narratives in shaping the public debate around carbon removal and solar geoengineering technologies.

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Climate policy and politics Geoengineering Scientific assessments Net Zero

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Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Controversies’. A Critical Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, edited by Kari De Pryck and Mike Hulme, Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 148–56, https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082099.020.

Asayama, Shinichiro. ‘Threshold, Budget and Deadline: Beyond the Discourse of Climate Scarcity and Control’. Climatic Change, vol. 167, 2021, p. 33, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03185-y.

Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Balancing a Budget or Running a Deficit ? The Offset Regime of Carbon Removal and Solar Geoengineering under a Carbon Budget’. Climatic Change, vol. 167, 2021, p. 25, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03174-1.

Asayama, Shinichiro. ‘The Oxymoron of Carbon Dioxide Removal: Escaping Carbon Lock-in and yet Perpetuating the Fossil Status Quo?’ Frontiers in Climate, vol. 3, 2021, p. 673515, https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2021.673515.

Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Are We Ignoring a Black Elephant in the Anthropocene? Climate Change and Global Pandemic as the Crisis in Health and Equality’. Sustainability Science, vol. 16, 2021, pp. 695–701, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00879-7.

Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Why Setting a Climate Deadline Is Dangerous’. Nature Climate Change, vol. 9, 2019, pp. 570–72, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0543-4.

Asayama, Shinichiro, and Mike Hulme. ‘Engineering Climate Debt: Temperature Overshoot and Peak-Shaving as Risky Subprime Mortgage Lending’. Climate Policy, vol. 19, no. 8, 2019, pp. 937–46, https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2019.1623165.

Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Beyond Solutionist Science for the Anthropocene: To Navigate the Contentious Atmosphere of Solar Geoengineering’. The Anthropocene Review, vol. 6, no. 1–2, 2019, pp. 19–37, https://doi.org/10.1177/2053019619843678.

Asayama, Shinichiro, et al. ‘Ambivalent Climate of Opinions: Tensions and Dilemmas in Understanding Geoengineering Experimentation’. Geoforum, vol. 80, 2017, pp. 82–92, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.01.012.

Asayama, Shinichiro, and Atsushi Ishii. ‘Selling Stories of Techno-Optimism? The Role of Narratives on Discursive Construction of Carbon Capture and Storage in the Japanese Media’. Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 31, 2017, pp. 50–59, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.010.

Asayama, Shinichiro. ‘Catastrophism toward “opening up” or “Closing down”? Going beyond the Apocalyptic Future and Geoengineering’. Current Sociology, vol. 63, no. 1, 2015, pp. 89–93, https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392114559849.

Asayama, Shinichiro, and Atsushi Ishii. ‘Reconstruction of the Boundary between Climate Science and Politics: The IPCC in the Japanese Mass Media, 1988-2007’. Public Understanding of Science, vol. 23, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 189–203, https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662512450989.