All the comments so far are potential contributions to an emerging debate that is beginning to take shape. Before responding to these comments, I will attempt to define the problem as it affects our field of study.
Daniele Conversi identifies an important lacuna, namely the relationship between nationalism and climate change.
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Thanks Simon for this useful question.
I am really happy to see this question. I work on gender and nationalism and have thought really hard over the years how to make my work (and the similar works of others) more accessible to the public, resonating to a wider audience. I struggled for years on how to step away from my work and think about the big "so what"? Giving guest talks in various social and academic spaces (e.g., local community center, retirement homes) has forced me to tweak the ways in which I deliver and share my research with a non-academic audience.