A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Presented by: Dr Robyn Gulliver

Date: Friday 3 June 2022
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Hybrid (Online via Zoom and in-person at the SCA Writer's Studio (Level 6, Michie Building))


Abstract

Our rapidly escalating environmental crisis is fuelling increasing environmental activism on both the global stage and in Australia. Whether advocating for the reduction of carbon emissions, restrictions on landclearing or the protection of local wetlands, this environmental activism ecosystem is diverse, complex and highly active. Yet we know little empirically about what factors influence the extent to which environmental activists are achieving their goals.  

This presentation takes listeners through a journey exploring the activities and outcomes of the Australian environmental movement. Through applying a range of communication analysis techniques to a diverse range of data sources, findings from recent publications will be presented covering four topics; who the environmental movement actually is, what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what they are achieving. Although these findings highlight the power environmental activism has for effecting change, further work remains to identify an evidence-based suite of effective strategies more likely to prompt a rapid, meaningful response to the environmental crisis. The presentation will conclude with an overview of plans to advance this work.


Presenter

Dr Robyn Gulliver is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. She is a multi-award winning environmentalist, writer and scholar who has served as an organiser and leader of numerous local and national environmental organisations. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of environmental activism. Recent publications include The AdvocatesCivil Resistance against Climate Change and the Psychology of Effective Activism.


 

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, 12 August
12-1pm

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

Queering Dark Academic within a New Adult Fiction ContextShaun Stephen

Friday, 19 August
12-1pm

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

Landscape Symbolism and the Two Paths Through Life

Mike Levy

Friday, 16 September
12-1pm

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

We Are All Preppers Now: Doomsday preppers, climate activists and subcultures of imminent collapse.

Dr Tom Doig

Friday, 14 October
12-1pm

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

Questioning Criticism: Puzzles and Possibilities in the Art-form of Appreciation

Prof. Jason Jacobs

Dr Ted Nannicelli

Dr Elliot Logan

Dr Matthew Cipa

Friday, 4 November
3-5pm

SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

Discursive Disruption, Populist Communication and Democracy

Dr Elena Block

Friday, 2 December
1-2pm

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

Play as research and pedagogical strategyDr Jasper van Vught (Utretcht University)

 

Venue

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