Care & Heat
heat, care, climate change
The project overview
The objectives of the project aim at researching impacts of and adaptation to climate change with heat periods during summer regarding care situations in Austria. Objectives are: 1) to generate written narratives recording the influence of heat on care situations; 2) to identify critical incidents concerning heat in care situations; 3) to gain insights into how care givers (formal and informal) as well as chronically ill and/or elderly people perceive and adapt to climate change impacts, i.e. heat waves, in terms of coping strategies.
how to participate?
Citizens with care experiences, health professionals, interested students and the wider public can participate in this project.
1) Participation in narrative dialogue groups that offer an open communicative space to raise crucial issues out of their perspective on care and heat.
2) Participation in the „Call for narratives“ (PDF): Experiences can be written down and sent to the Collection of Biographical records.
3) Preliminary research results are online and ready for comments. Contributions until August 15th can be considered in the evaluation.
What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?
The contributions will be saved. Participants decide whether their contribution can be made public - and thus accessible to others - or not. Contributions can also be published under a different name (pseudonym). Selected contributions are evaluated and analysed in view of commonalities and differences. This way “typical stories” and structures become visible.
Participating and supporting institutions
- University of Klagenfurt, Institut für Palliative Care und OrganisationsEthik, IFF Wien (project leader)
- University of Klagenfurt, Institute of Social Ecology (project partner)
- University of Vienna, Collection of Biographical Records/Department of Economic and Social History (project partner)
- Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (project funding)