Media coverage of sustainable development issues – attention cycles or punctuated equilibrium?

Diane Holt, Ralf Barkemeyer

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Over the last two decades there has been a marked change in the way that the public perceives environmental issues and the concepts associated with sustainable development. Few would argue that this has moved into the mainstream of public consciousness. Coverage of sustainability related concepts within the media, as illustrated by a sample of 112 worldwide newspapers, shows a clear upward trajectory. Taking the example of climate change and sustainable development this paper explores this increasing coverage, and arguably awareness of, sustainability concepts and considers parallels with the concepts of punctuated equilibrium and issue-attention cycles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSustainable Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Bibliographical note

Ranked 18/47 on ISI Journal Citation Reports 2010 (Planning and Development). Impact factor = 1.209.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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