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Malcolm Fairbrother

I am a comparative political sociologist who studies environmental policy and politics, economic globalization, trust, and social science research methods—and the relationships among them.

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Affiliation
Location
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset & Norra beteendevetarhuset Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I received my PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked for ten years in Bristol, England. I moved to Umeå in mid-2017.
My earlier research focussed largely on the origins of economic globalization in the 1980s and 90s: Why did the governments of so many countries around the world stop restraining international economic integration, and begin encouraging it instead? This work was qualitative and historical, and I studied how and why Mexico, the U.S., and Canada created the North American Free Trade Agreement.
More recently, I have become a quantitative researcher, developing methods for analyzing international survey data, and applying those methods in studies of trust and public attitudes towards environmental protection. What I've found, using a mix of surveys and survey experiments, is that most people around the world are genuinely concerned about environmental problems, but they are sceptical about the #1 thing environmental policy experts most recommend doing: putting a price on pollution. The reason is that the price would be a tax, and most people are very hostile to taxation—even though new green taxes could easily be offset by cuts to other taxes that people dislike even more.

2019
Quality and quantity, Springer 2019, Vol. 53, (2) : 1051-1074
Bell, Andrew; Fairbrother, Malcolm; Jones, Kelvyn
2019
New York: Oxford University Press 2019
Fairbrother, Malcolm
2019
Global Environmental Change, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 59
Fairbrother, Malcolm; Johansson Sevä, Ingemar; Kulin, Joakim
2019
Journal of Sex Research, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 56, (6) : 695-704
Fairbrother, Nichole; Hart, Trevor A.; Fairbrother, Malcolm
2019
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Springer 2019, Vol. 71 : 99-128
Schmidt-Catran, Alexander W.; Fairbrother, Malcolm; Andreß, Hans-Jürgen
2018
Quality and quantity, Vol. 52, (5) : 2031-2036
Bell, Andrew; Jones, Kelvyn; Fairbrother, Malcolm

Research projects

1 December 2017 until 30 November 2020