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Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice

"This isn’t just another course on effective communication. It’s not about how to write compelling copy or design a stunning advocacy ad. It’s deeper than that.

This course will help you to understand the unique and sometimes near-impossible challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability.

We’ll show you why much environmental communication today is not as effective as it could be, and is all too often counter-productive.

And we’ll give you the information and critical perspective you need to make better communication choices."

What's New

Democracy, Borders and Public/Political Engagement: Challenges for Environmental Communication

Leicester3.jpgThe 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment in Leicester

 

The conference theme will explore the challenges faced by environmental communication as political landscapes and boundaries experience major upheavals and change, seemingly driven by widespread discontent with conventional politics and its institutions. Emerging divisions, fragmentation and polarization in the political landscape, as demonstrated for example in the 2016 UK referendum debate and result with regard to European Union membership, pose urgent challenges for all aspects of environmental communication. The salience of environmental concerns in political agendas is altering as previously stable agendas realign according to shifts in the political landscape and the seemingly deepening societal (political, economic and of course, environmental) divisions these reflect. While environmental disasters clearly underpin the recent forced mass migrations among other causes, they and their wider environmental implications are becoming lost in the noise of the present politics on this issue.

For all the details, please see the full call for submissions.

Science Communication - Two Faculty Positions

 

School of Journalism
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri School of Journalism is seeking applications for two faculty positions in science communication. The School has a long-standing reputation for providing cutting-edge research, teaching, and outreach work that influence and lead the industry. With an increasing need to deepen the public understanding of science and improve public discourse about science, these two new positions have been created to further the School’s mission of facilitating high-impact research activities that can help bridge the divide between scientists, science communicators and the broader public. Candidates may come from academic disciplines such as journalism, strategic communication or a related field, with research expertise in science communication as broadly defined. 

Science Communication Researchers (open rank)

The Penn State College of Communications is expanding its programs in science communication and seeks 1 or 2 scholars with proven experience and/or strong demonstrated capability to build collaborative research teams focused on the science of strategic science communication (both positions open rank). The College is a national leader in undergraduate and graduate communication education, and in theory-driven research faculty productivity. In addition to our completely renovated Media Effects Research Lab, the College provides faculty with graduate student support and numerous opportunities for internal and external funding. More broadly, Penn State is a world leader in multiple disciplines now at the center of urgent public communications and policy discussions—energy, agricultural biotechnology, engineering, medicine and climatology, to name just a few. Building and supporting collaborative research teams with strong social science components is a top priority for the University, and the College of Communications is uniquely positioned to play a central role in these initiatives. Preferred candidates will teach in the areas of advertising and public relations and have demonstrated ability and commitment to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research and grant opportunities across the University. Contact Dr. Lee Ahern, Director of the College’s Science Communication Program, at laa182@psu.edu.

The National Communication Association has named IECA founding member Donal Carbaugh as one of their Distinguished Scholars for 2016. Carbaugh, who is a professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been central to the development of the field of environmental communication and has been a strong supporter of The IECA.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Yale University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (http://climatecommunication.yale.edu) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to our ongoing research on climate change knowledge, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and behavior among the public, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. The program conducts scientific surveys and experiments at the national, international, and global scales, as well as with specific communities and organizations. The program also applies this research in several communication projects that engage the public and key stakeholders in climate change science and solutions, including a national radio program broadcast daily on 230 stations across the U.S. (Yale Climate Connections).

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