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Pre-register now for the September 2017 session of

Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice

This course will help you to understand what's distinct about environmental communication and why it's not necessarily the same as other types of public interest or political communication. We'll consider the unique and difficult challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability. We’ll explore 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.

IECA members Shane Gunster and Kerrie Foxwell-Norton, along with Robert A. Hackett and Susan Forde, have published Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives.

Here's the book description: 

This book enquires into which approaches to journalism, as a particularly important form of public communication, can best enable humanity to productively address climate crisis. The book combines selective overviews of previous research, normative enquiry (what should journalism be doing?) and original empirical case studies of environmental communication and media coverage in Australia and Canada. Bringing together perspectives from the fields of environmental communication and journalism studies, the authors argue for forms of journalism that can encourage public engagement and mobilization to challenge the powerful interests vested in a high-carbon economy – ‘facilitative’ and ‘radical’ roles particularly well-suited to alternative media and alternative journalism. Ultimately, the book argues for a fundamental rethinking of relationships between journalism, publics, democracy and climate crisis.

Seeking citations on public understanding of links between climate/energy & human health

Several colleagues and I are currently attempting to review and summarize the literature on public and health professional understanding of the links between climate change/energy use and human health.

Specifically, we are seeking to answer these questions (at a minimum):

1. What does the public know/believe about the health impacts of climate change?

2. What does the public know/believe about the health impacts of fossil fuel/clean energy use?

3. How does the public react to information about the health impacts of climate change, and the health benefits of responding to climate change? (Are there advantages of highlighting "personal experience" with climate and health impacts?)

4. What do health professionals know about the health impacts of climate change and fossil fuel/clean energy use?

5. What is the media communicating about climate/energy and health?

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication





The State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), invites applications for a temporary academic-year, non-tenure-track position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Environmental Studies ( for the 2017-18 academic year.

Responsibilities: This position is 50% teaching and 50% program support. Teaching load is 2-2 and includes two Fall courses: Foundations of Environmental Communication (EST 245) and Mass Media & Environment (EST 645), and two Spring courses: Environmental Communication Workshop (EST 493) and Environmental Risk Perception (EST 606).

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