Exploring Local Knowledge on Climate Variability in Bangladesh: a Cultural Psychological Inquiry

This article looks at the impact of climate variability on communities in northeast Bangladesh through narrative-based interviews with community actors.


We investigate the construction of climate knowledge looking particularly at processes of knowing by applying a cultural psychological approach. The findings reveal that personal experiences with weather were the most common source of knowledge on climate variability. Existing knowledge systems, such as the seasonal calendar aided participants in reasoning and sense making about changes, and elders, media outlets, and science formed the most trusted sources of climate information. Lessons drawn from the study emphasize a need to include cultural and contextual factors when investigating how people construct and build climate knowledge in the future.

Human Arenas, 2018,1(4), 431–448

Published Jan. 21, 2019 7:00 AM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2019 3:03 PM