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Dr. C.W. (Christel) van Eck

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Corporate Communication
Photographer: Popupartists

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Christel W. van Eck is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. She is passionate about climate change communication and polarization research. In 2015, she was granted the NWO Research Talent grant to conduct her own PhD research about climate change polarization in the blogosphere, at Wageningen University. During her PhD, she worked for a couple of months at the Social Decision-Making Lab of Sander van der Linden, at the University of Cambridge. 

    Her current research can roughly be categorized into three research lines. The first research line builds on her PhD research to further understand the role of online media in climate change polarization. The second research line focuses on effective climate science communication. In the last research line, Christel aims to understand communication, polarization, and deliberation practices in the Dutch Energietransitie

    Next to her research activities, Christel is passionate about communicating her research beyond academia. She regularly gives workshops and presentations in which she tries to bridge the science and practice of climate change communication. 

    Expertise and research fields

    • Climate change communication
    • Climate change polarization
    • Science communication
    • Online media
    • Energy transition
    • Climate activism and scepticism
  • Research

    Reseach methods

    • Mixed methods
    • Interviews and focus group discussions
    • Discourse analysis
    • Survey and experiments

    Research grants & honours

    • NWO Onderzoekstalent

    Research priority area (involved in)

    • Polarization
    • Emotion
    • Sustainability
  • Teaching & PhD supervision


    • Climate Change Communication
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Communication
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Thesis Communication
  • Publications



    • van Eck, C. W., & Feindt, P. H. (2021). Parallel routes from Copenhagen to Paris: Climate discourse in climate sceptic and climate activist blogs. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 24(2).


    • van Eck, C. W., Mulder, B., & Dewulf, A. (2020). Online climate change polarization: Interactional Framing Analysis of Climate Change Blog Comments. Science Communication, 42(4).
    • van Eck, C. W., Mulder, B., & van der Linden, S. (2020). Climate Change Risk Perceptions of Audiences in the Climate Change Blogosphere. Sustainability, 12(9).
    • van Eck, C. W., Mulder, B., & van der Linden, S. (2020). Echo Chamber Effects in the Climate Change Blogosphere. Environmental Communication, 15(2).


    • van Eck, C. W., Mulder, B., & Dewulf, A. (2019). "The truth is not in the middle": Journalistic norms of climate change bloggers. Global Environmental Change, 59.


    • van Eck, C. W. (2016). Drawing Boundaries: Boundary Arrangements of the IPCC Working Groups. Glocality, 2(1).


    • van Eck, C. W. (2015). Audiences at the Heart of the IPCC: Exploratory Research Into the IPCC’s Communications. Student Undergraduate Research e-Journal, 1.


    • van Eck, C. (2016). Scepsis, idealen en realiteit: 10 Nederlanders over klimaatverandering. (ClimateContact-Consultancy). ClimateContact-Consultancy.


    • Corner, A., & van Eck, C. (2014). Science & Stories: Bringing the IPCC to Life. Climate Outreach.


    Prize / grant

    • van Eck, C. (2023). Environmental Communication Dissertation Award.
    • van Eck, C. (2020). Nomination for best teacher award.
    • van Eck, C. (2017). NWO Research Talent Grant.
    • van Eck, C. (2017). Duurzame Jonge 100.
    • van Eck, C. (2015). Nomination for best bachelor thesis of the Netherlands and Flanders.
    • van Eck, C. (2014). Nomination for ''Windesheims Beste''.
    • van Eck, C. (2010). Best proposal for energy awareness event in European sustainable energy week.

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (18-4-2023). Climate change and academia: What role to play?, Climate Change and Academia: What Role to Play?, Amsterdam.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (3-10-2022). Climate Science Communication in Polarized Debates.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (29-9-2022). Climate Science Communication in Polarized Debates, Freudenthal Instituut Universiteit Utrecht.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (19-9-2022). Tegenstelling in het klimaatdebat en de energietransitie: van dialoog naar debat, Mensenrechtenlezing, Gemeente Bunnik.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (6-9-2022). Klimaatcommunicatie: van een-ver-van-mijn-bed show naar klimaatactie, Het energievraagstuk: hoe voorzien we in onze energiebehoefte, Utrecht.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (2-9-2022). Effectively communicating my research to the public: A Science Communication Workshop, Summer School on “Sea level change: evidence, challenges and policy”.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (2-6-2022). The Next Generation of Climate Scientists and Science Communicators, Kick-Off event ECoLab.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (20-4-2022). Effectieve klimaatcommunicatie, KlimaatHelpdesk.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (13-4-2022). The challenges of communicating climate change, Climate Change, Conservation and Ecology.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (4-4-2022). The role of scientists on a planet in crisis, The role of scientists on a planet in crisis.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (4-2-2022). Conceptualizing 'online climate change polarization', Hot Politics Lab.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (28-1-2022). Interactive XR-webinar: The science behind effective climate activism, Extinction Rebellion NL.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (4-11-2021). Panel discussion on climate science and climate policy, NESSC Days 2021, Egmond aan Zee.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (4-11-2021). Communication & media workshop, NESSC Days, Egmond aan Zee.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (16-9-2021). Climate Communication: From Awareness to Action, Scientists4Future.
    • van Eck, C. (speaker) (22-9-2016). Klimaat & Energie Jury, Springtij, Terschelling.


    • van Eck, C. (visiting researcher) (1-2020 - 2-2020). University of Cambridge, UK (visiting an external institution).


    • van Eck, C. W. (2021). Opposing positions, dividing interactions, and hostile affect: A multi-dimensional approach to climate change polarization in the blogosphere. Wageningen University, Communicatiewetenschap.


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  • Ancillary activities
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