Communication and the environment

Collins Glacier in King George Island, Antarctica. Image: United Nations Photo (Flickr) Collins Glacier in King George Island, Antarctica

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?

Relevant CPAS courses are: 



Students also undertake research in this theme for undergraduate coursework, postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.

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


Project Status
A comparison of climate change communication on social media and regular (news) media Completed
A study of the use of electronic road signs during 2008 in the Australian Capital Territory: “Are road users seeing the message and is it changing their behaviours of water use?” Completed
Boundary-spanning the knowledge and policy networks of sustainability transition: insights from the diffusion of accounting innovations Completed
Communication in the integrated use of Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science in environmental management Completed
Engaging Visions Completed
Environmental communication: dissent, conflict, enquiry Completed
Environmental community groups and the concept of public participation in ocean and coastal management Completed
Environmental resource management board game Completed
Environmental Science Communication in Regional Centres of Expertise Completed
Environmental scientists' and ecologists' uses of Indigenous ecological knowledge Completed
Evaluation of artists experiences as participants in the Field Studies, art and environment program Completed
Frameworks for evaluating public engagement with science Completed
Global approaches to local issues: UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme - a multilateral instrument for natural resource management Completed
Heuristics, risk and uncertainty and their influence on farmers decisions to adopt technologies and strategies in Integrated Weed Management (IWM) and Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) programs Completed
Mirror frames: Engagement on climate change in urban and rural populations Completed
Organic waste recycling by ACT households: a survey of communication and community education needs Completed
Portrayals of science and the environment in the computer game 'Civilization 5' Completed
Providing useable knowledge for decision making on climate adaptation issues Completed
Public awareness and understanding of forestry: a communication process in transition Completed
Socio-cultural values: their integration and importance in marine and coastal planning and policy Potential
The bookmark biosphere: sustainability and the communication imperative Completed
Why study forestry? Completed
Zoo design: connecting zoo visitors with conservation messages Completed