Communicating the Environment: from climate denialism to action

Photograph of Kari Norgaard sourced from University of Oregon.
2.00 - 5.30pm
Thursday 30 November

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MECO Common Room, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney



Department of Media and Communications

A workshop for Media and Communication students at the University of Sydney, with international environmental communication expert, Kari Norgaard (University of Oregon) and conveners Benedetta Brevini and Alana Mann (Department of Media and Communications) .


2.00 – 2.10pm  Introduction
2.10 – 3.00pm  Interview on Kari’s work with Benedetta Brevini (University of Sydney)
3.00 – 3.30pm  Q&A with students
3.30 – 3.45pm  Break
3.45 – 4.15pm  Presentations of Environmental Communication projects by students
4.15 – 5.00pm  Feedback to students from Kari
5.00 – 5.30pm  Kari: A note on the future of research on the Environment: what obstacles, what investigations?


Associate Professor Kari Norgaard (B.S. Biology Humboldt State University 1992, M.A. Sociology Washington State University 1994, PhD Sociology, University of Oregon 2003) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon. Dr. Norgaard trained as a postdoctoral fellow in an interdisciplinary IGERT Program on Invasive Species at University California Davis from 2003-2005 and from there joined the faculty as Assistant Professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 2005-2011. She joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2011. Over the past ten years Dr. Norgaard has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions.


Dr Benedetta Brevini is a journalist, media activist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Before joining academia she worked as journalist in Milan, New York and London for CNBC and RAI. She writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributes to a number of print and web publications including the Conversation, Open democracy, Index of Censorship and Red Pepper Magazine. She is the author of Public Service Broadcasting online (2013) ,editor of the acclaimed volume Beyond Wikileaks (2013) and Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting climate Crisis (2017).She is currently editing a new volume entitled “Media and Climate Change (2018).

Dr Alana Mann joined the University of Sydney in 2007 after a professional career in the media and non-profit sectors. Her teaching and research focus on how ordinary citizens get voice in policy debates regarding wicked problems such as food security and climate change. Her book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift was published in 2014. Alana is Media and Communications Department Chair and is currently involved in cross-disciplinary research projects concerning food systems with colleagues in the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) and the Charles Perkins Centre. She is on a Faculty-wide project team exploring the crisis of ‘post-truth’ discourse, funded through the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI, 2017), and is co-CI on an Education Innovation project based in Glebe, the Social Justice Learning Lab. Her international collaborations include a comparative study of ‘land-grabbing’ with researchers in Brazil and South East Asia.

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