Silje T. Kristiansen | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Silje T. KristiansenAssistant Professor

Silje Kristiansen

112 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-3022 | 315-470-6636

Research interests

I am interested in public communication, public perception and public opinion. The fields I currently focus on are environmental, science and risk communication. I use content analysis, surveys, and in-depth interviews to research these topics. A current project of mine investigates how the mass media in different countries, and over time, portray the impact of food systems on the climate.

Journal Editing

Associate Editor of Environmental Communication —Journal of the International Environmental Communication Association

Scientific work experience

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Communication Studies, at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. 2018
  • Swiss National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Communication Studies, at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. 2016-2018
  • Research Associate, Science Barometer Switzerland, University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2015-2017
  • Research Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Resarch, Department of Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer "Science, Crisis & Risk Communication", University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2013-2016
  • Research Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Resarch, Department of Prof. Dr. Heinz Bonfadelli "Media Reality & Effects", University of Zurich, Switzerland. 2011-2015

Selected publications

  • Nisbet, Matthew C., Wihbey, John, Kristiansen, Silje, Bajak, Aleszu (2018): Funding the News: Foundations and Nonprofit Media. Published by the Shornstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, in collaboration with Northeastern University’s School of Journalism.

  • Painter, James, Kristiansen, Silje, Schäfer, Mike S. (2018): ‘Digital-born’ media and the coverage of the Paris climate summit. In: Global Environmental Change. Online November 17, 2017.

  • Schäfer, Mike S., Füchslin, Tobias, Metag, Julia, Kristiansen, Silje, Rauchfleisch, Adrian (2018): The Different Audiences of Science Communication. A Segmentation Analysis of the Swiss Population’s Perceptions of Science and their Information and Media Use Patterns. In: Public Understanding of Science.

  • Nisbet, Matthew C., Markowitz, Ezra M., Kristiansen, Silje (2017): Science and inequality: Why more than public engagement is needed. Discussion paper prepared for June 1 & 2 workshop on “Encountering Science in Everyday Life: How Public Engagement with Science Shapes Long-term Attitudes.” Organized by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA.

  • Kristiansen, Silje (2017): Media and Risk. A Phase Model Elucidating Media Attention to Nuclear Energy Risk. Universitätsverlag Ilmenau, Ilmenau.

  • Kristiansen, Silje (2017): Characteristics of the Mass Media's Coverage of Nuclear Energy and its Risk: A Literature Review. In: Sociology Compass, 11:e12490. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12490

  • Kristiansen, Silje, Bonfadelli, Heinz, Kovic, Marko (2016): Risk Perception of Nuclear Energy after Fukushima. Stability and Change in Public Opinion in Switzerland. In: International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Online August 25, 2016. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edw021

  • Painter, James, Erviti, María Carmen, Fletcher, Richard, Howarth, Candice, Kristiansen, Silje, León, Bienvenido, Ouakrat, Alan, Russell, Adrienne, Schäfer, Mike S. (Eds.) (2016): Something old, something new: Digital media and the coverage of climate change. Oxford.

  • Kristiansen, Silje, Schäfer, Mike S., Lorencez, Sabine (2016): Science journalists in Switzerland: Results from a survey on professional goals, working conditions, and current changes. In: Studies in Communication Sciences. Online November 23, 2016.

  • Schäfer, Mike S., Kristiansen, Silje, Bonfadelli, Heinz (Eds.) (2015): Wissenschaftskommunikation im Wandel. [Changes in Science Communication.] Köln.

  • Kristiansen, Silje, Bonfadelli, Heinz (2014): Risikoberichterstattung und Risikoperzeption. Reaktionen von Medien und Bevölkerung in der Schweiz auf den AKW-Unfall in Fukushima. [Media Risk Coverage and Risk Perception. Reactions of the Media and the Population in Switzerland on the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima.] In: Wolling, Jens, Arlt, Dorothee (Eds.): Fukushima und die Folgen – Medienberichterstattung, Öffentliche Meinung, Politische Konsequenzen. [Fukushima and its Consequences – Media Coverage, Public Opinion, Political Consequences.] Ilmenau, pp. 297−321.

  • Kristiansen, Silje, Bonfadelli, Heinz (2013): Radioaktive Strahlung ist unsichtbar, löst aber einen Klimawandel in der Bevölkerungsmeinung aus − Meinungsklima, Risikoeinschätzung und Informationsverhalten im Nachgang zu Fukushima. [Ionizing Radiation is Invisible, but Starts an Opinion Change in the Population – Opinion Climate, Risk Perception and Information Behaviour after Fukushima.] In: atw International Journal for Nuclear Power 58, no. 4, pp. 242–247.

  • Kristiansen, Silje, Bonfadelli, Heinz (2013): E-Health: Gesundheit im Internet. [E-Health: Health on the Internet.] In: Rossmann, Constanze, Hastall, Matthias R. (Eds.): Medien und Gesundheitskommunikation. Befunde, Entwicklungen, Herausforderungen. [The Media and Health Communication. Results, Developments, Challenges.] Baden-Baden, pp. 237−255.


bridget jpnes

Bridget Jones

Degree Sought: M.S.
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Silje Kristiansen
Area of Study: Environmental Studies
Research interests: Environmental communication, media coverage of environmental issues, perceptions of climate change and animal agriculture.