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

Silje Kristiansen

217 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


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.

Office hours

By email appointment only -

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 Research, 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 Research, 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 jones

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.






shumaila bhatti

Shumaila Bhatti

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Silje Kristiansen
Area of Study: GPES program of Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes​
Research Interests: Water Access, Aquatic Restoration, Wetlands, Streamflow, Watershed Management, Water Quality, Advocacy, Public Participation, Environmental Education, Environmental Journalism, Non-profit Management, Environmental Monitoring, and Climate Change.

Personal Statement: Shumaila Bhatti is a Ph.D. student in the GPES program of Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes. She received her Masters in Environmental Science with specialization in Water and Wetland Resources from SUNY-ESF in 2018 as a Fulbright Scholar and previously, received her Bachelors in Environmental Science from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan. She is a Founding Chair of a non-profit in Pakistan namely Environmental Watch Trust that empowered women in environmental science and agriculture. In her free time she enjoys exploring arts, nature, and reading.



Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Shumaila Javed BhattiShumaila Javed Bhatti

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Parker and Kristiansen
  • Area of Study: ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies

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Personal Statement
I graduated from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan in 2015 with BS in Environmental Sciences. My previous affiliations include working with WWF-Pakistan, IUCN, Pakistan EPA, National Agriculture Research Council, and Environmental Watch Trust.

Graduate Research Topic
Streamflow, drought and/or flood prediction in areas with little or no data.

Favorite Quote
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where non intrudes, By the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but nature more. ~Lord Byron

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Lauren CornellLauren Cornell

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kristiansen
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

Lydia KnoxLydia Knox

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kristiansen
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication