Scientists are often puzzled when people resist ‘the facts’, thinking that the answer is to just find a clearer way to lay out their case. But issues like climate change demonstrate the limitations of this approach: despite overwhelming consensus amongst scientists about climate change, there are still sizeable proportions of people who do not accept anthropogenic climate change.

In this talk I will present empirical studies that develop and test ways to communicate about contentious environmental issues, specifically climate change and recycled water. I will also lay out a framework that seeks to understand why people resist science and talk about how this framework can inform communication about scientific issues.

 Associate Professor Kelly Fielding is a social and environmental psychologist with a focus on developing effective communication to engage people with environmental issues. She takes an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to her research, leading large interdisciplinary projects (e.g., Program leader of the Society Program within the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities), collaborating with researchers from a range of disciplines (from economics to engineering), and working with state and local government agencies and external partners.

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 11 August

Technologies for the Analysis of Communication

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 18 August

Hotel October: The Deaths and Dates of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Prof. John Schad
(Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University)

Friday, 1 September

The Writer on the Road

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr James Cowan

Friday, 15 September

Birds of a feather? Trump, Chavez and the populist communication style in times of discursive disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Elena Block


Friday, 29 September

Making Hollywood Mobile: Labour in Global Film and Television Production

Room 740, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Kevin Sanson
(School of Communication, QUT)
Friday, 13 October

The Datafication of Religious Media:
Pulpit Plagiarism and the Spiritual Commons in American Sermons

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
(TC Beirne School of Law, UQ)
Friday 27 October

Cirrus: Innovative, Digitally Engaged Assessment for High Level Thinking

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Natalie Collie, Dr Jennifer Clement, Kerry Kilner
Friday, 3 November

"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Juan Zhang

Friday, 10 November

Historical Moods in Film

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink
(Macquarie University)


Room 601, level 6, Michie Building (#9)