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

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

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

Friday, 11 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 25 March
12-1pm

Hybrid

Early Adventures in Australian Actor Training

Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 8 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Invention and reinvention in the landscape symbolism of Joachim PatinirMichael Levy

Friday, 29 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Negotiating balance of cultures among Chinese Australians to facilitate ageing well

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 13 May
12-1pm

Hybrid

Redefining crisis in museums: insider’s perspectives on digital engagement

Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao, Craig Middleton (National Museum of Australia), and Lisa Enright

Friday, 3 June
12-1pm

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Dr Robyn Gulliver

Friday, 10 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

TBADr Alex Bevan

 

Venue

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