ABCD Overview


Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD)


We are a group of researchers and practitioners exploring how well-designed citizen deliberations can shift the politics of climate change in Alberta, across Canada, and internationally. Our research and action in this university-community partnership enable us to test theories, figure out how to design citizen deliberation for maximum effect, and create tools to allow others to take these steps with us.

Our innovatively structured deliberations are building Albertans’ understanding of scientific, economic, social, and individual aspects of climate change. By creating these spaces for people to pool their diverse perspectives, weigh trade-offs, and identify goals, we are empowering citizens to take action within their communities and also to make recommendations to municipal and provincial governments on climate change policy.

ABCD is making a positive difference in how Albertans understand and respond to climate change, and affecting how Alberta governments and NGOs engage citizens to solve tough environmental issues.

ABCD Strategic Program Areas:

  1. Support more effective citizen engagement practices in Alberta. ABCD draws on international experience and best practice to develop approaches to climate change engagement in Alberta that are inclusive, informed, balanced, and linked to policy processes.
  2. Explore the role of citizen engagement for better climate responses. ABCD brings deep research expertise to understanding how and why different forms of citizen engagement contribute to climate change solutions, and is using ABCD deliberations to advance knowledge and practice.
  3. Build capacity for citizen engagement on climate issues in Alberta (and beyond). ABCD plans to leave a lasting legacy of its work, through partnerships that build skills and knowledge, contributing to a community of practice for citizen involvement that reaches across sectors, and wide dissemination of our findings.


ABCD’s work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Community-University Research Alliance program (SSHRC-CURA), together with contributions from universities and community organizations in Alberta and beyond. Deliberative events are co-funded with government and civil society partners.

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