Anatomy of Disbelief: Explaining Polish Climate Scepticism

King’s College London

Project summary

A number of authors have assumed that a rise in right wing populism poses a major and severe challenge for climate policy. We are interested in exploring the political economy of climate policy, including the structural but also ideological foundations of climate policy in Poland. This research seeks to explain the changing role of experts and politicians in public and political discourse on climate change in Poland, 2013-2016, and critically examine the source, extent and character of climate scepticism in the country. This will be based on the collection, coding and analysis of data derived from media analysis and elite interviews. Findings will be disseminated through specialist workshops with academics and policy-makers, academic journal articles, and commentary in more general online publications. The primary investigators are Tomas Maltby (King’s College London) and Kacper Szulecki (University of Oslo), in close collaboration with Aleksandra Wagner Jagiellonian University.


Principal Investigator
Dr Tomas Maltby

Dr Tomas Maltby is a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. He completed his PhD in Politics at Manchester University. Tomas’ research focuses primarily on climate and energy policy. His research considers understandings of security in the development of climate and energy policy at the European and nation state level. This includes work related to energy transitions, the securitisation of energy, climate scepticism and also work on the politics of air pollution.

Kacper Szulecki

Dr Kacper Szulecki is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. He completed his PhD at the University of Konstanz. Kacper’s research focuses on International studies, Public policy, Energy policy and security, Climate policy and governance (national, European, global), Environmental politics, EU and Central-East European politics and dissent, protest – transnational social movements.

Aleksandra Wagner

Dr Aleksandra Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University. Her scientific interests are focused on sociology of energy, communication and social representations. She is an instigator and founder of the Dialogue for Policy group (