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Public Support for Antarctic Science: Lessons from a National Survey of Australians

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posted on 2023-11-03, 05:09 authored by Bruce TranterBruce Tranter, Elizabeth LeaneElizabeth Leane

With the Antarctic region featuring more and more in discourse around anthropogenic climate change, understanding public support for research in the region is increasingly important.

We examine public support for Antarctic science in Australia, drawing on findings from a nationally representative survey of just over 1000 adults conducted in 2021-22. Key results reinforce earlier findings in other national contexts – for example, that older people and men are more likely to support Antarctic scientific research than younger people and women. They also reveal new information, including a correlation between particular sources of media coverage and support for Antarctic research. Our data has implications for where and how the public engagements efforts of government agencies and NGOs could most usefully be applied.  While the survey is focussed on Australia, it points to complexities around public support for Antarctic research that could be productively investigated in other national and in international contexts. 



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Publication title

Antarctic Science


D Liggett






College Office - CALE, Office of the School of Humanities, Office of the School of Social Sciences


Cambridge University Press

Publication status

  • Accepted

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Copyright The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Antarctic Science Ltd. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.

Socio-economic Objectives

190503 Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

13 Climate Action

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