Communications, Politcal Ecology and the Environment

Our research investigates how societies communicate about the environment and ecological issues, and the factors that influence their representation in the media. We explore how relationships between society and nature are conceptualised and defined, how environmental problems are discursively constructed, and how media ownership and corporate communication influence environmental debates. We are also examining issues of environmental sustainability, pollution and safety raised by the operation of communications and media industries themselves (especially digital technologies).

Our researchers are engaged in several collaborative, cross-disciplinary research projects. They are looking at how climate change discourses are represented by elite and social media in China, the US, Australia; working with the Sydney Environment Institute on developing plans to improve Sydney’s food security; and with colleagues at São Paulo State University in Brazil, examining the regional dynamics of large-scale land acquisitions in Australia, Brazil and South East Asia.

Researchers in these fields are: