School of Social and Political Science

Dr Darrick Nighthawk Evensen

Job Title

Lecturer in Environmental Politics

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Darrick Evensen
Telephone
+44 (0)131 6511147
Mobile telephone number
+44 07496 958769

Room number

Room 2.05

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

Darrick's research and teaching lie in the broad area of environmental politics and governance.  He is particularly focused on energy policy, both at domestic and international/global scales.  Much of his research examines the public as a non-state actor in environmental and energy policy debates.  He investigates public perceptions, preferences, and public actions taken in response to environmental and energy issues and policy decisions.  He is currently studying public perceptions of and reactions to climate change and energy transitions, specifically new technologies and approaches associated with more sustainable/green energy production and consumption.

Teaching: Darrick is currently on research leave; in typical years, his teaching includes: (1) an MSc course on environmental risks (perceptions, communication, and ethics), (2) a unit on Global Environmental Politics in the post-graduate 'Global Environment: Key Issues' course, (3) units on International Governance and Environmental Justice in the two introductory undergraduate Sustainable Development courses, (4) convening the pre-honours undergraduate survey course 'Politics in a Changing World', (5) a week on climate movements in the the STIS course 'Science, Nature and Environment', and (6) occasional guest lectures in the School of Geosciences.

Research: Darrick has published extensively on public perceptions of and reactions to energy development and energy transitions in North America and the UK.   He has also examined public knowledge and attitudes towards climate policy.  His colleagues, co-authors, and collaborators span a large range of nations across six continents.  He relies on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, often combining them in his research and teaching.  He feels strongly that the methods chosen for research should be suited to the question asked, not the reverse.

Funding: Darrick's research has been funded previously by the Scottish Parliament, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US National Park Service, the US Department of Agriculture, the European Commission (Horizon 2020 and Marie Curie Actions), and the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).  He is currently:

  • Principal investigator on a UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant comparing reports of seismicity across different types of events based on BGS citizen science reports, large-scale Twitter data, longitudinal surveys, and expected intensity modelling (2021-2022);
  • Principal investigator on a Royal Society of Edinburgh sabbatical grant examining the role of Scottish institutions in shaping the process and outcomes of the UNFCCC COP26 (2021-2022);
  • Co-investigator on a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant investigating 'the spatial and temporal dynamics of public attitudes and community responses to shale gas' (2018-2022);
  • Project partner on a European Commission grant investigating 'Subsurface evaluation of carbon capture and storage and unconventional risk' (2018-2021);
  • Project partner on a Norwegian Research Council grant investigating 'Fighting pandemics with enhanced risk communication: Messages, compliance and vulnerability during the COVID-19 outbreak' (2020-2022).

Work with Darrick:  Dr Evensen is no longer considering PhD students for Autumn 2022 entry.

If you are interested in studying at the University of Edinburgh with Darrick (i.e., PhD research) in a future year (autumn 2023 or later), please do not hesitate to send Darrick an e-mail with your background and potential connection to Darrick's research interests.

Recent Publications (2018 onwards):

        **For full list, see Google Scholar profile: https://bit.ly/327mdn2.

Evensen D, Whitmarsh L, Bartie P, Devine-Wright P, Dickie J, Varley A, Ryder S, Mayer A. 2021. Effect of ‘finite pool of worry’ and COVID-19 on UK climate change perceptions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 118, e2018936118.

MacEwen M†, Evensen D. 2021. Mind the gap: Accounting for gender in energy democracy in Kenya. Energy Research and Social Science, 71, 101843.

Ferguson M, Evensen D, Bidwell D, Ferguson L, Firestone J, Mitchell C, Dooley T. 2021. Uncharted waters: Exploring coastal recreation impacts, coping behaviors, and attitudes towards offshore wind energy development in the United States. Energy Research and Social Science 75, 102029.

Luke H, Evensen D. 2021. After the dust settles: Community resilience legacies of unconventional gas development. The Extractive Industries and Society 8, 100856.

Sarmadi M, Rahimi S, Evensen D, Moghaddam V. 2021. Interaction between meteorological parameters and Covid-19: An ecological study of 406 authorities of the UK. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-15279-2.

Devine-Wright P, Ryder S, Dickie J, Evensen D, Varley A, Whitmarsh L, Bartie P. 2021. Induced seismicity or political ploy? Using a novel mix of methods to identify multiple publics and track responses over time to shale gas policy change. Energy Research and Social Science 81, 102247.

Gaffney A†, Evensen D. 2020. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Learning from CITES CoP17. Global Environmental Politics, 20, 3-10.

Hull E*, Evensen D. 2020. Just environmental governance for shale gas? Transitioning towards sustainable local regulation of fracking in Spain. Energy Research and Social Science, 59, 101307.

Luke H, Evensen D. 2020. After the dust settles: Community resilience legacies of unconventional gas development. The Extractive Industries and Society.

Zanocco C, Boudet H, Clarke C, Stedman R, Evensen D. 2020. NIMBY, YIMBY, or something else? Geographies of public perceptions of shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Environmental Research Letters, 15, 074039.

Balog-Way D, Evensen D, Löfstedt R. 2020. Pharmaceutical benefit-risk perception and age differences in the USA and Germany. Drug Safety, 43, 1141-1156.

Balog-Way D, Evensen D, Löfstedt R, Bouder F. 2020. Effects of public trust on behavioural intentions in the pharmaceutical sector: Data from six EU countries. Journal of Risk Research, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2019.1694962.

Rosemary R, Evensen D. 2020. Unveiling the ‘green’: Media coverage of the Aceh Green Vision, Indonesia. Chapter 14 in Climate Change Research, Policy and Actions in Indonesia: Science, Adaptation and Mitigation; Djalante R, Jupesta J, Aldrian E (Eds.). Springer, pp. 281-300.

Evensen D. 2019. The rhetorical limitations of the #FridaysForFuture movement. Nature Climate Change, 9, 428-430.

Clarke C, Evensen D. 2019. Political divergence in how people view scientific consensus on unconventional energy development’s risk/benefits increases partisan gaps in issue support. Energy Research and Social Science, 51, 156-167.

Craig K*, Evensen D, van der Horst D. 2019. How distance influences dislike: Responses to proposed fracking in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Moravian Geographical Reports, 27(2), 92–107.

Becker S, Demski C, Evensen D, Pidgeon N. 2019. Of profits, transparency, and responsibility: Public views on financing energy system change in Great Britain. Energy Research and Social Science, 55, 236-246.

Demski C, Thomas G, Becker S, Evensen D, Pidgeon N. 2019. Acceptance of energy transitions and policies: Public conceptualisations of energy as need and basic right in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 48, 33-45.

Ferguson M, Lynch M, Powers S, Barrett A, Evensen D, Graefe A, Mowen A. 2019. The impacts of shale natural gas energy development on outdoor recreation: A statewide assessment of Pennsylvanians. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 27, 100230.

Clarke C, Bugden D, Evensen D, Stedman R, Boudet H, Jacquet J. 2019. Communicating about climate change, natural gas development, and “fracking”: U.S. and international perspectives. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.443.

Evensen D, Demski C, Becker S, Pidgeon N. 2018. The relationship between justice and acceptance of energy transition costs in the UK. Applied Energy, 222, 451-459.

Evensen D, Stedman R. 2018. ‘Fracking’: Promoter and destroyer of ‘the good life’. Journal of Rural Studies, 59, 142-152.

Evensen D, Brown-Steiner B. 2018. Connection to climate change matters relatively little for views on fracking. Climate Policy, 18, 556-567.

Evensen D. 2018. Review of shale gas social science in the United Kingdom, 2013-2018. The Extractive Industries and Society, 5, 691-698.

Evensen D. 2018. Yet more ‘fracking’ social science: An overview of unconventional hydrocarbon development globally. The Extractive Industries and Society, 5, 417-421.

Luke H, Rasch E, Evensen D, Köhne M. 2018. Is ‘activist’ a dirty word? Social and place identity, activism and unconventional gas developments across three continents. The Extractive Industries and Society, 5, 524-534.

Buchanan B, Auerbach D, Knighton J, Evensen D, Fuka D, Easton Z, … & Walter T. 2018. Estimating dominant runoff modes across the conterminous United States. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13296.

Luke H, Evensen D. 2018. Community representations of unconventional gas development in Australia, Canada and the United States, and their effect on social licence. Chapter in Governing Shale Gas, eds. J Whitton, M Cotton, I Charnley-Parry, K Brasier. London: Routledge, pp. 130-148.

†  A cross (†) denotes a postgraduate (MSc or PhD) student co-author.

*  An asterisk (*) denotes an undergraduate student co-author.

Research interests

Research interests

Climate change and energy policy, Environmental sociology, Environmental policy, Energy transitions, North America, European Union, United Kingdom, Sense of place, Social representations

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising almost anything innovative, exciting, and (hopefully) controversial in the area of energy and climate social science and energy/climate policy. I am interested in topics related to: energy transitions, social movements, public perceptions, sense of place, social representations, community energy, renewables, unconventional fossil fuels, comparative international policy, devolved governance in the UK, and many other content areas.

Staff Hours and Guidance

I am on research leave for the 2021-2022 academic year, and therefore do not have regular office hours.  If you wish to meet, just send me an e-mail.

Publications by user content

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Devine-Wright P, Ryder S, Dickie J, Evensen D, Varley A, Whitmarsh L et al. Induced seismicity or political ploy? Using a novel mix of methods to identify multiple publics and track responses over time to shale gas policy change. Energy Research and Social Science. 2021 Aug 21;81. 102247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102247
Sarmadi M, Rahimi S, Evensen D, Kazemi Moghaddam V. Interaction between meteorological parameters and COVID-19: An ecological study on 406 authorities of the UK. Environmental science and pollution research. 2021 Jul 9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-15279-2
Evensen D, Whitmarsh L, Bartie P, Devine-Wright P, Dickie J, Varley A et al. Effect of “finite pool of worry” and COVID-19 on UK climate change perceptions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2021 Jan 19;118(3). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2018936118
Balog-Way D, Evensen D, Löfstedt R, Bouder F. Effects of public trust on behavioural intentions in the pharmaceutical sector: Data from six European countries. Journal of risk research. 2021;24(6):645-672. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2019.1694962
MacEwen M, Evensen D. ‘Mind the gap: Accounting for equitable participation and energy democracy in Kenya’. Energy Research and Social Science. 2020 Dec 3;71. 101843. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101843
Balog-Way D, Evensen D, Löfstedt R. Pharmaceutical benefit-risk perception and age differences in the USA and Germany. Drug Safety. 2020 Nov;43(11):1141-1156. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40264-020-00977-6
Zanocco C, Boudet H, Clarke CE, Stedman R, Evensen D. NIMBY, YIMBY, or something else? Geographies of public perceptions of shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Environmental Research Letters. 2020 Jul 6;15(7). 074039. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7d01
Gaffney ACB, Evensen D. Addressing the elephant in the room: Learning from CITES CoP17. Global Environmental Politics. 2020 Feb 29;20(1):3-10. https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00537
Hull E, Evensen D. Just environmental governance for shale gas? Transitioning towards sustainable local regulation of fracking in Spain. Energy Research & Social Science. 2020 Jan 1;59. 101307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.101307
Ferguson MD, Lynch ML, Powers SL, Barrett AG, Evensen D, Graefe AR et al. The impacts of shale natural gas energy development on outdoor recreation: A statewide assessment of pennsylvanians. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 2019 Sep 1;27. 100230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2019.100230
Becker S, Demski C, Evensen D, Pidgeon N. Of profits, transparency, and responsibility: Public views on financing energy system change in Great Britain. Energy Research & Social Science. 2019 Sep;55:236-246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.05.013
Craig K, Evensen D, van der Horst D. How distance influences dislike: Responses to proposed fracking in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Moravian geographical reports. 2019 Jul 9;27(2):92-107. https://doi.org/10.2478/mgr-2019-0008
Evensen D. The rhetorical limitations of the #FridaysForFuture movement. Nature Climate Change. 2019 May 6;9:428–430. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0481-1
Clarke CE, Evensen DTN. The politics of scientific consensus? Political divergence and partisanship in unconventional energy development in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science. 2019 May;51:156-167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2019.01.005
Demski C, Thomas G, Becker S, Evensen D, Pidgeon N. Acceptance of energy transitions and policies: Public conceptualisations of energy as a need and basic right in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science. 2019 Mar;48:33-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.018
Buchanan B, Auerbach D, Knighton J, Evensen D, Fuka D, Easton Z et al. Estimating dominant runoff modes across the conterminous United States. Hydrological Processes. 2018 Dec 30;32(26):3881-3890. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13296
Evensen D. Review of shale gas social science in the United Kingdom, 2013–2018. The Extractive Industries and Society. 2018 Nov;5(4):691-698. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.09.005
Luke H, Rasch ED, Evensen D, Köhne M. Is ‘activist’ a dirty word? Place identity, activism and unconventional gas development across three continents. The Extractive Industries and Society. 2018 Nov;5(4):524-534. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.09.014
Evensen D. Yet more ‘fracking’ social science: An overview of unconventional hydrocarbon development globally. The Extractive Industries and Society. 2018 Oct 26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.10.010
Evensen D, Demski C, Becker S, Pidgeon N. The relationship between justice and acceptance of energy transition costs in the UK. Applied Energy. 2018 Jul 15;222:451-459. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.03.165
Evensen D, Brown-Steiner B. Public perception of the relationship between climate change and unconventional gas development ('fracking') in the US. Climate Policy. 2018 May 28;18(5):556-567. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1389686
Evensen D, Stedman R. 'Fracking': Promoter and destroyer of 'the good life'. Journal of Rural Studies. 2018 Apr 1;59(April 2018):142-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.02.020
Evensen D, Stedman R, O'Hara S, Humphrey M, Andersson-Hudson J. Variation in beliefs about 'fracking' between the UK and US. Environmental Research Letters. 2017 Dec 1;12(12). 124004. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa8f7e
Demski C, Evensen D, Pidgeon N, Spence A. Public prioritisation of energy affordability within the UK energy transition. Energy Policy . 2017 Nov 1;110:404-409. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.08.044
Evensen D, Stedman R. Beliefs about impacts matter little for attitudes on shale gas development. Energy Policy . 2017 Oct 1;109:10-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.053
Evensen D. On the complexity of ethical claims related to shale gas policy. Local Environment. 2017 Oct 1;22(10):1290-1297. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2017.1336520
Luke H, Evensen D. Community representations of unconventional gas development in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and their effect on social licence. In Whitton J, Brasier K, Cotton M, editors, Governing Shale Gas: Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Routledge. 2017
Bugden D, Evensen D, Stedman R. A drill by any other name: social representations, framing, and legacies of natural resource extraction in the fracking industry. Energy Research & Social Science. 2017 Jul 1;29:62-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.05.011
Evensen D. Renewable energy policy: Enumerating costs reduces support. Nature Energy. 2017 Jun 30.
Evensen DTN. 'If they only knew what I know': Attitude change from education about 'fracking'. Environmental Practice. 2017 Jun 7;19(2):68-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/14660466.2017.1309884
Pidgeon N, Thomas M, Partridge T, Evensen D, Harthorn BH. Hydraulic fracturing: A risk for environment, energy security and affordability? In Kasperson R, editor, Risk Conundrums: Solving Unsolvable Problems. Routledge. 2017. p. 177-188
Thomas M, Pidgeon N, Evensen D, Partridge T, Hasell A, Enders C et al. Public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas and oil in the United States and Canada. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 2017 Apr 21;8(3):e450. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.450
Evensen D, Stedman R, Brown-Steiner B. Resilient but not sustainable? Public perceptions of shale gas development via hydraulic fracturing. Ecology and Society. 2017 Jan 1;22(1). 8. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09022-220108
Löfstedt R, Way D, Bouder F, Evensen DTN. Transparency of medicines data and safety issues - a European/US study of doctors' opinions: what does the evidence show? Journal of risk research. 2016 Nov 1;19(9):1172-1184. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2015.1121911
Evensen DTN, Stedman R. Scale matters: Variation in perceptions of shale gas development across national, state, and local levels. Energy Research & Social Science. 2016 Oct 1;20(Oct 2016):14-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.010
Evensen D. Word choice matters: Comment on Stoutenborough et al. 2016, 'Is "fracking" a new dirty word?'. Energy Research & Social Science. 2016 Oct;20:8-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.012
Clarke C, Bugden D, Hart PS, Stedman R, Jacquet J, Evensen D et al. How geographic distance and political ideology interact to influence public perception of unconventional oil / natural gas development. Energy Policy. 2016 Jul 30;97:301-309. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.07.032
Stedman R, Evensen D, O'Hara S, Humphrey M. Comparing the relationship between knowledge and support for hydraulic fracturing between residents of the United States and the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science. 2016 Jul 13;20:142-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.017
Way D, Lofstedt R, Bouder F, Evensen D. Medicines transparency at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the new information age: The perspectives of patients. Journal of risk research. 2016 Jul 12;19:1185-1215. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2016.1200652
Evensen D. US presidential candidates' views on unconventional gas and oil: Who has it right? Energy Research & Social Science. 2016 Jul 1;20:128-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.018
Evensen D. Ethics and 'fracking': A review of (the limited) moral thought on shale gas development. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 2016 Jun 16;3(4):575-586. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1152
Wetherell D, Evensen D. The insurance industry and unconventional gas development: Gaps and recommendations. Energy Policy. 2016 Apr 26;94:331-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.04.028
Blair B, Weible C, Heikkila T, Evensen D. Comparing human and automated coding of news articles on hydraulic fracturing in New York and Pennsylvania. Society and Natural Resources. 2016 Apr 13;29(7):880-884. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2016.1150543
Ashmoore O, Evensen D, Clarke C, Krakower J, Simon J. Regional newspaper coverage of shale gas development across Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania: Similarities, differences, and a lessons. Energy Research & Social Science. 2015 Sep 30;11:119-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.09.005
Evensen DT. Policy decisions on shale gas development ('fracking'): The insufficiency of science and necessity of moral thought. Environmental Values. 2015 Aug 1;24(4):511-534. https://doi.org/10.3197/096327115X14345368709989
Clarke CE, Hart PS, Schuldt JP, Evensen DTN, Boudet HS, Jacquet JB et al. Public opinion on energy development: The interplay of issue framing, top-of-mind associations, and political ideology. Energy Policy. 2015 Jun 1;81:131-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2015.02.019
Bouder F, Way D, Lofstedt R, Evensen D. Transparency in Europe: A quantitative study. Risk analysis. 2015 May 1;35:1210-1229. https://doi.org/10.1111/risa.12386
Evensen D, Jacquet J, Clarke C, Stedman R. What's the 'fracking' problem? One word can't say it all. The Extractive Industries and Society. 2014 Jul 11;1(2):130-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2014.06.004
Evensen D, Clarke C, Stedman R. A New York or Pennsylvania state of mind: Social representations of gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 2014 Mar;4(1):65-77. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-013-0153-9
Evensen DT, Decker DJ, Stedman RC. Shifting reactions to risks: A case study. Journal of risk research. 2013;16(1):81-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2012.726238
Clarke CE, Evensen DTN, Jacquet J, Stedman RC. Emerging risk communication challenges associated with shale gas development. European Journal of Risk Regulation. 2012 Sep 30;3(3):424-429. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1867299x00002348
Evensen DT, Clarke CE. Efficacy information in media coverage of infectious disease risks: An ill predicament? Science Communication. 2012 Jun 1;34(3):392-418. https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547011421020
Decker DJ, Siemer WF, Evensen DTN, Stedman RC, Mccomas KA, Wild MA et al. Public perceptions of wildlife-associated disease: Risk communication matters. Human–Wildlife Interactions. 2012 Apr 30;6(1):112-122. 13. https://doi.org/10.26077/8nz7-x725
Decker DJ, Siemer WF, Wild MA, Castle KT, Wong D, Leong KM et al. Communicating about zoonotic disease: Strategic considerations for wildlife professionals. Wildlife society bulletin. 2011 Jun 30;35(2):112-119. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.29
Decker DJ, Evensen DTN, Siemer WF, Leong KM, Riley SJ, Wild MA et al. Understanding risk perceptions to enhance communication about human-wildlife interactions and the impacts of zoonotic disease. ILAR Journal. 2010 Jul 1;51(3):255-261. https://doi.org/10.1093/ilar.51.3.255
Evensen DT. Wildlife disease can put conservation at risk. Nature. 2008 Mar 20;452:282. https://doi.org/10.1038/452282a