Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science

Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science

 

 

Principal Investigator
Wiedza
prof. dr hab. Dariusz Jemielniak
Overall budget
Koszty
862 754 PLN
Project duration
15.10.2020 - 14.10.2023
Funded by
Koszty
National Centre for Science

Aim of the project

Bruno Latour (2017) points to anthropocene as the defining notion of our times and calls for more studies of the social phenomenon of climate change reception and legitimization strategies. The project is a response to this call and it addresses a challenge at the intersection of three major social changes: 1. Increasing distrust in science, and anti-intellectual sentiments in the society, 2. New forms of self-organization online (peer production, open collaboration); 3. Democratization of knowledge creation and distribution through citizen science.

These phenomena are all manifested in citizen anti-science: participative, self-governed communities challenging the scientific knowledge, such as human-induced climate change deniers. The project’s goal is to analyze the online discourse of climate change denialism: social networks, and Polish and US media, in a study combining information/computer science, sociology, organization studies, and anthropology.

To do so, it will combine Big Data and Social Network Analysis approaches with “thick” analysis, a mixedmethod introduced by the PI in a forthcoming Oxford University Press monograph. It will rely on:

1. TribeFinding (TF): a deep learning tool for semi-automated classifying of users by linguistic patterns, so as to analyze the language of climate change deniers,

2. Social Network Analysis (SNA): an analysis of ties, connections, homophily, etc. of a network of climate change deniers' communities and discussion groups online (as well as to identify professional and bot anomalies in spreading its propaganda),

3. Narrative analysis (NA): an ethnographic study of the stories in a given discourse and in the media (identifying the key archetypes, memes and stories shared, as well as studying the evolvement of climate change narratives in online text media in Poland and in the US across the political spectrum and in time).

Project impact

The project will open a new field of scholarship on “citizen anti-science” that uniquely combines the disciplines of sociology, organization studies, and computer science to provide key contributions to the broader discussion on social hierarchies of knowledge and anti intellectualism, lead to discoveries about climate change deniers.

 

Kozminski University is currently recruiting for the position of:

POST-DOC at the Department of Management in Networked and Digital Societies

Ref. no.: 15/NAUKA/OPUS/21

Competition for a post-doc position in the research project (no. 2019/35/B/HS6/01056) entitled “Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science”, carried out within the framework of the OPUS 18 competition and funded by the National Science Centre

Information about the project:  The project entitled “Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science”, carried out at Kozminski University and managed by Professor Dariusz Jemielniak, PhD, DSc, aims to analyse the online discourse of climate change denialism present across social networks as well as in Polish and US media within the framework of a study bringing together information/computer science, sociology, organisational theory, and anthropology. To do this end, it will combine Big Data and Social Network Analysis approaches with “thick” analysis, a mixed method introduced by the principal investigator in a book published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. The project will involve and focus on: TribeFinding (TF), social network analysis (SNA), narrative analysis (NA), machine learning.

Duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • collecting and analysing data,
  • visualising and presenting data findings,
  • software development,
  • participating in international conferences to present research findings,
  • collaborating with the project manager,
  • disseminating research findings, writing scientific papers,
  • carrying out other tasks as requested by the project manager.

Requirements:

Mandatory requirements: Verified on the basis of information provided in the CV, in the application form, and in the submitted documents. May also be verified during the interview.

  • proficiency in the Python programming language,
  • experience in research in the field of data science and/or machine learning (as a social data scientist),
  • competence in English at least at the B2 level,
  • having obtained the academic degree of PhD (PL: “doktor”) at a different higher education institution than Kozminski University, not earlier than 7 years before the year of becoming employed within the framework of the project (not earlier than 01.01.2014). (*)
  • the position may be applied for also by an individual who does not hold a PhD degree but will have met this requirement when they join the project (i.e. they have a scheduled doctoral defence on the date when the application deadline expires)

(*) This period may be extended by the period during which the applicant benefits from a long-term (i.e. longer than 90 days) documented sickness benefit or rehabilitation benefit granted on account of being unable to work. In addition, the said period may be extended by the number of months of a child care leave granted pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 26 June 1974 - the Labour Code (consolidated text in the Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland of 2018, item 917 as amended), and in the case of women, by 18 months for every child born or adopted, whichever manner of accounting for career breaks is preferable. 

Optional additional requirements: Verified on the basis of information provided in the CV, in the application form, and in the submitted documents. May also be verified during the interview.

  • experience in network analysis (SNA, Social Network Analysis),
  • knowledge of the R programming language,
  • experience in machine learning (ML, Machine Learning),
  • familiarity with statistics,
  • web scraping skills,
  • experience in social studies.

Recruitment process

The conditions of selection and employment of applicants are in accordance with the Regulations on the implementation of research projects and Costs in research projects relevant to the OPUS 18 competition, available on National Science Centre’s website.

The competition consists of two stages. The first stage involves verifying the submitted applications by checking if they are complete and if a given applicant meets the mandatory requirements, followed by a selection of applicants to be invited to the interview stage. The selection will be based on the applicants’ experience and skills in the context of the tasks to be performed in this position. An interview is the second stage of the competition.

The Competition Board reserves the right to: interview selected applicants only, organise additional meetings with selected applicants and project participants and partners, verify the information provided by each applicant, and close the competition without selecting anyone to be employed in the offered post-doc position. 

Applicants invited to the interview may be asked to send their thesis/dissertation projects or manuscripts of publications listed in their CV and unavailable online — in electronic form. 

The results of the competition will be published on Kozminski University’s website.

We offer:

  • an opportunity of full-time employment based on a contract of employment for a period of 36 months,
  • an opportunity to develop scientifically in a research team with a strong focus on project acquisition,
  • an opportunity to improve one’s qualifications by taking part in development programmes offered by Kozminski University,
  • a chance to take part in international scientific conferences,
  • employment in the position is planned to starting on 01.10.2021.

Important information about the employment opportunity:

  • In the period of receiving remuneration for employment in the post-doc position in question, the person employed will be obliged:
    • not to receive any other remuneration paid from funds granted to research projects financed within the framework of NCN competitions (calls) under the heading of direct costs,
    • not to receive remuneration from another employer under an employment contract, including an employer with their registered office outside the Republic of Poland.
  • if the person employed in the post-doc position in question obtains a PhD, DSc (PL: “doktor habilitowany”) degree, it will not impede their eligibility to continue working in this position within the framework of the project.

If you have any questions regarding the project and the content of the recruitment notice, please send them to the Project Manager, i.e. Professor Dariusz Jemielniak, PhD, DSc, to the following e-mail address: darekj@kozminski.edu.pl

Other questions regarding the application process may be sent to hr-rekrutacja@kozminski.edu.pl

Persons interested in the position advertised are asked to submit the following application documents as a proof of fulfilment of the set requirements:

  • a CV in Polish or English, including and describing the applicant’s: record of academic achievements, list of publications, current achievements resulting from the conducted research, and qualifications.
  • Please include the following declaration (signed) in your CV:
  • “I hereby declare that the information and details provided above are true and accurate, which I hereby confirm with my signature”.;
  • a motivational letter,
  • a scanned copy of the PhD diploma (in the case of individuals not holding the degree yet – confirmation of scheduled doctoral defence);
  • any documents proving the applicant’s familiarity with the required software, experience, skills, and abilities (e.g. internship/traineeship completion certificates, certificates of work history, training completion certificates, testimonials);

using the application form available at: https://form.jotform.com/211662051901950 by 20/08/2021

 

ATTENTION! EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS.

We would kindly like to inform you that we are extending the deadline for publishing the announcement and accepting your applications until  31/08/2021

 

We kindly inform you that by sending your application documents you agree to have your personal data included in the application processed by Kozminski University, Jagiellońska 59, 03-301 Warsaw for the purpose of the recruitment process conducted by Kozminski University for the position specified in the job offer, for the duration of the recruitment process.

Submitted application documents not collected within 3 months of the date of expiry of the submission deadline will be officially disposed of.

 

Rules of evaluation of applicants - Download

Competition ref. No. 15 / NAUKA / OPUS / 2021 for a post-doc position in the research project "Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science", announced on July 21, 2021, was not resolved and no person was selected for this position.

Until August 31, 2021, no offers were received from persons meeting all the criteria required in the advertisement.

Kozminski University is currently recruiting for the position of:

POST-DOC at the Department of Management in Networked and Digital Societies

Ref. no.: 23/NAUKA/OPUS/21

Competition for a post-doc position in the research project (no. 2019/35/B/HS6/01056) entitled “Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science”, carried out within the framework of the OPUS 18 competition and funded by the National Science Centre

Information about the project:  The project entitled “Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science”, carried out at Kozminski University and managed by Professor Dariusz Jemielniak, PhD, DSc, aims to analyse the online discourse of climate change denialism present across social networks as well as in Polish and US media within the framework of a study bringing together information/computer science, sociology, organisational theory, and anthropology. To do this end, it will combine Big Data and Social Network Analysis approaches with “thick” analysis, a mixed method introduced by the principal investigator in a book published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. The project will involve and focus on: TribeFinding (TF), social network analysis (SNA), narrative analysis (NA), machine learning.

Project description:  https://www.ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/listy-rankingowe/2019-09-16/streszczenia/461194-pl.pdf

Duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • collecting and analysing data,
  • visualising and presenting data findings,
  • software development,
  • participating in international conferences to present research findings,
  • collaborating with the project manager,
  • disseminating research findings, writing scientific papers,
  • carrying out other tasks as requested by the project manager.

Requirements:

Mandatory requirements: Verified on the basis of information provided in the CV, in the application form, and in the submitted documents. May also be verified during the interview.

  • proficiency in the Python programming language,
  • experience in research in the field of data science and/or machine learning (as a social data scientist),
  • competence in English at least at the B2 level,
  • having obtained the academic degree of PhD (PL: “doktor”) at a different higher education institution than Kozminski University, not earlier than 7 years before the year of becoming employed within the framework of the project (not earlier than 01.01.2014). (*)
  • the position may be applied for also by an individual who does not hold a PhD degree but will have met this requirement when they join the project (i.e. they have a scheduled doctoral defence on the date when the application deadline expires)

(*) This period may be extended by the period during which the applicant benefits from a long-term (i.e. longer than 90 days) documented sickness benefit or rehabilitation benefit granted on account of being unable to work. In addition, the said period may be extended by the number of months of a child care leave granted pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 26 June 1974 - the Labour Code (consolidated text in the Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland of 2018, item 917 as amended), and in the case of women, by 18 months for every child born or adopted, whichever manner of accounting for career breaks is preferable. 

Optional additional requirements: Verified on the basis of information provided in the CV, in the application form, and in the submitted documents. May also be verified during the interview.

  • experience in network analysis (SNA, Social Network Analysis),
  • knowledge of the R programming language,
  • experience in machine learning (ML, Machine Learning),
  • familiarity with statistics,
  • web scraping skills,
  • experience in social studies.

Recruitment process

The conditions of selection and employment of applicants are in accordance with the Regulations on the implementation of research projects and Costs in research projects relevant to the OPUS 18 competition, available on National Science Centre’s website.

The competition consists of two stages. The first stage involves verifying the submitted applications by checking if they are complete and if a given applicant meets the mandatory requirements, followed by a selection of applicants to be invited to the interview stage. The selection will be based on the applicants’ experience and skills in the context of the tasks to be performed in this position. An interview is the second stage of the competition.

The Competition Board reserves the right to: interview selected applicants only, organise additional meetings with selected applicants and project participants and partners, verify the information provided by each applicant, and close the competition without selecting anyone to be employed in the offered post-doc position. 

Applicants invited to the interview may be asked to send their thesis/dissertation projects or manuscripts of publications listed in their CV and unavailable online — in electronic form. 

The results of the competition will be published on Kozminski University’s website.

We offer:

  • an opportunity of full-time employment based on a contract of employment for a period of 36 months,
  • an opportunity to develop scientifically in a research team with a strong focus on project acquisition,
  • an opportunity to improve one’s qualifications by taking part in development programmes offered by Kozminski University,
  • a chance to take part in international scientific conferences,
  • employment in the position is planned to starting on 01.10.2021.

Important information about the employment opportunity:

  • In the period of receiving remuneration for employment in the post-doc position in question, the person employed will be obliged:
    • not to receive any other remuneration paid from funds granted to research projects financed within the framework of NCN competitions (calls) under the heading of direct costs,
    • not to receive remuneration from another employer under an employment contract, including an employer with their registered office outside the Republic of Poland.
  • if the person employed in the post-doc position in question obtains a PhD, DSc (PL: “doktor habilitowany”) degree, it will not impede their eligibility to continue working in this position within the framework of the project.

If you have any questions regarding the project and the content of the recruitment notice, please send them to the Project Manager, i.e. Professor Dariusz Jemielniak, PhD, DSc, to the following e-mail address: darekj@kozminski.edu.pl

Other questions regarding the application process may be sent to hr-rekrutacja@kozminski.edu.pl

Persons interested in the position advertised are asked to submit the following application documents as a proof of fulfilment of the set requirements:

  • a CV in Polish or English, including and describing the applicant’s: record of academic achievements, list of publications, current achievements resulting from the conducted research, and qualifications.
  • Please include the following declaration (signed) in your CV:
  • “I hereby declare that the information and details provided above are true and accurate, which I hereby confirm with my signature”.;
  • a motivational letter,
  • a scanned copy of the PhD diploma (in the case of individuals not holding the degree yet – confirmation of scheduled doctoral defence);
  • any documents proving the applicant’s familiarity with the required software, experience, skills, and abilities (e.g. internship/traineeship completion certificates, certificates of work history, training completion certificates, testimonials);

using the application form available at: https://form.jotform.com/212484521533350 by 14/09/2021 (CEST) 23:59

We kindly inform you that by sending your application documents you agree to have your personal data included in the application processed by Kozminski University, Jagiellońska 59, 03-301 Warsaw for the purpose of the recruitment process conducted by Kozminski University for the position specified in the job offer, for the duration of the recruitment process.

Submitted application documents not collected within 3 months of the date of expiry of the submission deadline will be officially disposed of.

Rules of evaluation of applicants - Download

We kindly inform that as a result of the competition (ref. no.: 23/NAUKA/OPUS/21) for a post-doc position in the research project „Climate change deniers: online cultures of open collaboration against science” (no. 2019/35/B/HS6/01056) announced 7.09.2021 r. Mr Amin Mahmoudi was chosen for this position.

Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak

Full Professor and head of Management in Networked and Digital Environments (MINDS) department, Kozminski University, and faculty associate at Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His recent books include “Collaborative Society” (2020, MIT Press, with A. Przegalinska), “Thick Big Data” (2020, Oxford University Press), “Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia” (2014, Stanford University Press). His current research projects include climate change denialism online, anti-vaxxer internet communities, and bot detection.  He serves on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Recent publications:
Jemielniak, Dariusz (2012) The New Knowledge Workers, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Jemielniak, Dariusz and Kostera, Monika (2010) Narratives of irony and failure in ethnographic work, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, vol. 27(4)
Hunter, Carolyn, Jemielniak, Dariusz and Postuła, Agnieszka (2010) Temporal and spatial shifts within playful work, Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 87-102
Jemielniak, Dariusz (2009) Time as symbolic currency in knowledge work, Information and Organization, vol. 19, pp. 277-293