I run a community for people who want to work long-term on climate change mitigation, and I'd love to know the research that could help bring more people into this space.
I think specifically the relevant bits would be:
- Research on what makes people switch careers from a "conventional" job into a "purpose-driven" job, and what are the barriers to doing so?
- Research on perception of purpose-driven jobs in general. Do people feel that purpose-driven = charity/low-paying?
- Research on how perception of novel careers changes over time, from being perceived as something exotic to being all the rage to being mainstream - what makes this happen? how quickly does it happen? Eg. how did this happen, say, with the profession of a software engineer?
- If there is any research on how careers related to climate change are perceived, that'd be particularly awesome, but the field is beginning to explode right now so I suspect there isn't much yet.
I'm kind of at a loss as to what keywords to even search for, regarding all of these (except perhaps psychology of career change in general - but there, too, I would appreciate pointers to particularly good resources).