Care & Heat
heat, care, climate change
The project overview
The objectives of the project aimed at researching impacts of and adaptation to climate change with heat periods during summer regarding care situations in Austria. Objectives were: 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 did citizen scientists participate?
Citizens with care experiences, health professionals, interested students and the wider public participated in this project.
1) Participation in narrative dialogue groups that offered 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 have be written down and sent to the Collection of Biographical records.
3) Preliminary research results were online and contributions have been considered in the evaluation.
What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?
The contributions have been saved. Certain participants were invited to decide upon whether their contribution could be made public - and thus accessible to others - or not. Contributions could also be published under a different name (pseudonym). Selected contributions were evaluated and analysed in view of commonalities and differences. This way “typical stories” and structures became 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)
- Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (project funding)