Here you can find links to articles relating to science, activism, Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) and civil disobedience. (Note: this is copy pasted from a Google doc that was shared within an SR chat, author(s) unknown)

Top tip: If these articles are behind a paywall (shame!) search for papers on or include "preprint" / "working paper" in your Google search

Articles about climate action among scientists (including some about SR)

Artico, D. et al., 2023. “Beyond being analysts of doom”: scientists on the frontlines of climate action. Frontiers in Sustainability, 4: 1155897.

Capstick, S. et al., 2022. Civil disobedience by scientists helps press for urgent climate action. Nature Climate Change, 12: 773-774.,

Finnerty, S., Piazza, J., Levine, M., 2024. Scientists’ identities shape engagement with environmental activism. Communications Earth & Environment, 5: 240.

Gardner, C.J., Thierry, A., Rowlandson, W., Steinberger, J.K., 2021. From Publications to Public Actions: The Role of Universities in Facilitating Academic Advocacy and Activism in the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Frontiers in Sustainability, 2: 679019.

Grossman, D. (2024). Scientists under arrest: The researchers taking action over climate change. Nature, 626, 710-712.

Racimo et al. (2022). The biospheric emergency calls for scientists to change tactics. eLife 2022;11:e83292.

Thompson, T., 2021. Scientist Rebellion: researchers join protesters at COP26. Nature, 559: 357.

Vidal Valero, M., 2023. Outcry as scientists sanctioned for climate protest. Nature, 614: 604-605.

F., Sachisthal, M. S. M., & Haslbeck, J. M. B. (2024, January 8). Going beyond research: Climate actions by climate and non-climate researchers. (Preprint)

Fisher, D. & Renaghan, Q. (2023, July). Understanding the growing radical flank of the climate movement as the world burns. Brookings Institute.

Articles and resources about NVDA in climate activism

Berglund, O. (2023). Disruptive protest, civil disobedience & direct action. Politics, 0(0).

Fisher, D., Berglund, O., & Davis, C. J. (2023). How effective are climate protests at swaying policy — and what could make a difference? Nature, 623, 910-913. doi:

Gordon, O. (2024, January). Do socially disruptive climate movements actually work? Energy Monitor.

Kirsop-Taylor, N., Russel, D., Jensen, A., 2023. A typology of the climate activist. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10: 896.

Shuman, E., Goldenberg, A., Saguy, T., Halperin, E., van Zomeren, M., 2024. When Are Social Protests Effective? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 28(3): 252-263.

Scheuch, E.G., Ortiz, M., Shreedhar, G., Thomas-Walters, L., 2024. The power of protest in the media: examining portrayals of climate activism in UK news. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 11: 270.

Sovacool, B.K., Dunlap, A., 2022. Anarchy, war, or revolt? Radical perspectives for climate protection, insurgency and civil disobedience in a low-carbon era. Energy Research & Social Science, 86: 102416.

Tosun, J., 2022. Addressing climate change through climate action. Climate Action, 1: 1-8.

Young, K.A., Thomas-Walters, L., 2024. What the climate movement’s debate about disruption gets wrong. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 11: 25.

General resources for research on climate activism and different tactics

Social Change Lab - has studies and presentations on radical flank effect, Just Sop Oil campaign, Animal Rebellion, more conventional protest, etc.

Laura Thomas-Walters’ website (Yale Climate Communication group, Data Analysis and Insights Circle in Extinction Rebellion UK) - studies on mobilizing climate activists and barriers to climate activism, online messaging, predictors and effects of NVDA/disruptive tactics, etc.