Public opinion and communications research

Talks and Publications


Dr. Bisconti speaks frequently at conferences, in workshops, and in training sessions. Recent examples:

  • Communications training for future leaders in nuclear energy at World Nuclear University (recurring)
  • Communications training for nuclear industry communicators for the Nuclear Energy Institute (recurring)
  • "Vision", for the Open Plenary session at the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington D.C., 2019
  • "Making Nuclear Energy Cool Through Public Opinion Research", for World Nuclear University Short Course, Brasilia, 2019
  • "Making Nuclear Energy Cool", for Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle Conference, 2018
  • "New View of Nuclear Energy", for American Nuclear Society, November 2015
  • "Pragmatism and Ideology: Opinion Shaping in Nuclear", for AMNT, Berlin, May 2015
  • "U.S. Public Opinion and Lessons for Public Communications", for NEA Working Group on Public Communications, April 2015
  • “U.S. Public Opinion about Nuclear Energy,” in session on New Nuclear Construction Around the World at American Nuclear Society Annual Conference, November 2013
  • Public opinion briefing to Young Generation in Nuclear in conjunction with American Nuclear Society Annual Conference, November 2013
  • Public opinion briefing to Korean journalists, May 2013
  • “Familiarity as Key to Public Acceptance of Used Nuclear Fuel Facilities” at International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, May 2013

Recent presentations and workshops led by Ms. Wilkes include:

  • "How Public Opinion Can Guide Communications", for Webinar Series on Stakeholder Involvement Related to Nuclear Power, September 2019 (View talk here)
  • "Lessons from Research for Making Nuclear Energy Cool", for the IAEA Technical Meeting on Stakeholder Involvement, June 2019
  • "Tips for Public Opinion Research To Guide Stalkholder Communications", for Workshop at the IAEA Technical Meeting on Stakeholder Involvement, June 2019
  • "Where Does the US Stand in Nuclear Science and Technology? Perceptions of 31 Leading Experts", for the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Summit, February 2014


Recent examples:

  • "Factors Affecting Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy in the United States," Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12338-3. See article
  • "Public opinion on nuclear energy: Turning a corner?" in Nuclear News , July 2019. See article
  • "Changing public attitudes toward nuclear energy," Progress in Nuclear Energy, 2018, 102:103-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.pnucene.2017.07.002. See preprint article
  • "Public Weighs in on Market Conditions Threatening Nuclear Power Plants" in Public Utilities Fortnightly, July 2016. See article (pg. 56-59)
  • "Public opinion on nuclear energy: what influences it," in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, April 2016. See article
  • “Opinions of U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Neighbors after Fukushima,” in Natural Gas and Electricity, October 2011. DOI: 10.1002/gas.10122.
  • “Communicating with Stakeholders about Nuclear Power Plant Radiation,” Health Physics, 2011, 100(1):97-102. DOI: 10.1097/HP.0b013e3181f91890.
  • “'Not' in My Back Yard is Really ‘Yes’ in My Back Yard,” in Natural Gas and Electricity, January 2010. DOI: 10.1002/gas.10101.

Public Opinion Slides

These slides are shown here in PDF for your review and are available in PPT for your presentations by contacting Ann Bisconti or Sandy Wilkes.