Matthew C. Nisbet is Professor of Communication, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University where he studies how ideas, the media, and culture shape societal decisions about the environment, energy, and technology.
He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, including the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Sciences report “The Public Face of Science Across the World,” the 2018 American Association for Advancement of Science report on “Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication” and the 2017 US National Academies consensus study on “Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.”
Nisbet is past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Communication, and currently serves as a Senior Editor at ORE Climate Science and Oxford Open Climate Change. His three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication was a top 3 finalist for the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE award in the best science reference category.
In recently funded projects, Nisbet evaluated the role of strategic philanthropy in supporting actions to address climate change; evaluated sources of financial support for non-profit journalism; and is currently identifying best practices in journalistic coverage of climate change resilience.
Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Fellow at Dartmouth College’s Interdisciplinary Center for Engagement; a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a visiting Osher fellow at The Exploratorium, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. According to Google Scholar his research has been cited more than 13,500 times.
Nisbet’s research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Barr Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Rita Allen Foundation, Bernard and Ann Spitzer Trust, and Nathan Cummings Foundation. His consulting experience includes analysis on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Centers for Disease Control, ecoAmerica, Pfizer Inc, and L’Oreal Paris.
At Northeastern, he teaches courses in political communication, climate change politics, and strategic advocacy. Nisbet holds a PhD and MS in Communication from Cornell University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College.