Dr. John Besley Discusses Public Perception of Nuclear Energy with Duke Energy Executives
Dr. John Besley, a Science and Health Communications Research Group member and an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, discussed his research on public perception of nuclear energy with Ginny Mackin, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Duke Energy on the USC campus.
“My work fits well with the talk that Ginny gave the night before on the importance of emotional intelligence,” said Dr. Besley. “The survey research of mine that we talked about emphasizes the role that degree to which a person perceives that public and private-sector decision-makers are willing to listen and treat members of the public respectfully is central to how individuals view nuclear energy.”
Dr. Besley also highlighted ongoing work that suggests that the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, had relatively small effects on overall public opinion about nuclear energy and the biggest declines in support were for those who already disliked nuclear energy.
Mackin was on campus as part of USC’s Duke Energy Executive in Residence Program and gave a public lecture titled, “Your Secret Weapon? Cultivating EQ for Sustainable Leadership in Today’s Global Environment,” and held discussions with select students and faculty following the presentation, Thursday, Jan. 26 in USC’s Law School Auditorium.