Majestic Uluru in Australia

Communication and the environment


This diverse research theme focuses on the many facets of communication in the discussion and presentation of environmental science. 

Climate change and climate policy are considered as a part of this research theme, along with broader environmental and ecological considerations such as introduced or invasive species, conservation efforts, land use and clearance and pollution.

Our research investigates: 

  • How has climate communication in the public arena changed over time?
  • What are the best methods for broad, inclusive, meaningful environmental and climate
  • dialogue?
  • How can ‘unconventional’ communication methods (such as art or theatre) be used to
  • improve environmental communication efforts?
  • What effects does involving citizens in hands-on environmental activities have on
  • environmentally responsible behaviour?
  • What are key characteristics of successful environmental communication enterprises?
  • What role do trust and values play in successful environmental communication?

Contact theme convenor Dr Rod Lamberts for more information or click on the other tabs to find relevant people, projects and events.


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The intent in this project is to contribute to the emerging field of sustainability communication by asking ‘Who says what, in which channel, to whom, with what effect?‘ (Lasswell 1948) within this three-networks model of transition.

This project explores communication of knowledge between Indigenous knowledge holders and Western scientists where there is shared responsibility for environmental management.

The goal of the Engaging Visions Research Project was to configure a model procedure for visual artists to participate in, and/or engage with, Murray Darling Basin catchment communities to help address environmental concerns.

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