Climate Mis/Disinformation in a Post-Factual Era: An IAMCR pre-conference


Climate change mis/disinformation is fed through well-funded, transnational interest groups, as well as conservative politicians and social media algorithms. These campaigns are currently changing the contours of political communication and blocking effective action. There is a growing body of literature establishing a connection between the global rise of right-wing populism and climate mis/disinformation (Fraune and Knodt, 2018; Gottenhuber and Mulholland, 2019; Hameleers, 2020). Right-wing leaders around the world have joined vested interests and co-opted climate debates as part of their culture wars. Denialist claims go from logical fallacies, fake experts, and conspiracy theories (Cook, Ellerton and Kinkead, 2018) to the fabrication of fake controversies and asking for unrealistic scientific proof (Hansson, 2017). However, in a context of overwhelming scientific evidence about the climate crisis, clear-cut disinformation and denialism are being combined with mere “inactivism” (Mann, 2021), recurring to more sophisticated techniques that send deterring and misleading messages (Forchtner and Lubarda, 2022). Big-tech firms play a role in this cycle, functioning without proper climate misinformation policies and amplifying climate mis/disinformation on social media. This pre-conference welcomes theoretical and methodological papers that explore the intertwining between climate change mis/disinformation, populism, and vested interests in a post-factual world.

Keynote Speakers 

  • Anabela Carvalho, Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
  • James Painter, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford (UK) 

Call for Papers 

Download the Climate Mis/Disinformation in a Post-Factual Era CfP for more information

Date and time

Saturday, 8 July 2023 | 09h00 – 18h30


Science Po Lyon, 1 rue du Professeur Charles Appleton Room N°2.02 at the "Bâtiment Pédagogique", Lyon, France.

Participation and Registration

The pre-conference welcomes original and state-of-the-art contributions that broaden the theoretical and/or empirical understanding of climate change mis/disinformation, populism, and vested interests in a post-factual world as well as a variety of methodological approaches.

Registration: The pre-conference has a registration cost of €30. 

Download the call for papers Climate Mis/Disinformation in a Post-Factual Era CfP for more information.

Submission guidelines

  • Authors should send a 500-word abstract (excluding references) in English to Sara García Santamaría,
  • Abstract submission deadline: 5 May 2023 
  • All abstracts must include the title, full name, affiliation, and contact information. 
  • Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by 15 May 2023.


  • Marie Grusell (Associate Professor in Journalism Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Chair, Political Communication Research Section - IAMCR).
  • Sara García Santamaría (Postdoctoral researcher at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain; Vice-Chair, Political Communication Research Section - IAMCR). 
  • Guillermo López (Professor and Head of Department, Faculty of Communication at Universitat de València, Spain).
  • Dolors Palau Sampío (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Communication at Universitat de València, Spain).
  • Eva Campos (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Communication at Universidad de Valladolid, Spain).

Contact email 

Sara García Santamaría, 



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