Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub

Researcher Profile
 Dr. David Holmes

Project Title: Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub

Work Location: Caulfield Campus

Estimated hours: A minimum of 144 hours, 2 days a week, for each member of the team. Applications listing greater availability of hours are also welcome. Days are negotiable.

Student Type: Undergraduate (ATS3129) or Graduate (APG5044/ENS5930)

Approximate start and end date:  First Semester running for 10 weeks (between February 26 and May 25).

Available Places: 4-5

Brief description of the research project
The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub was established in 2017 in the School of Media, Film and Journalism and has grown into an inter-Faculty research group. It aims to bring the research resources of a University to the world of climate communication. In doing so it will build toward media and policy infrastructure that adequately addresses climate change in Australia. The power of the climate communication of politicians, news outlets, social media, non-government organisations and climate activists will be evaluated to understand the ‘media ecology’ of climate change communication in Australia.  In each case connecting researchers and practitioners is central in evaluating climate messages.

This research will deliver insights that can build the capacity for governments, businesses, NGO’s and journalists to improve their climate literacy and climate communication skills. 

The research will also be an aggregator of existing social research on climate, identifying gaps in the research and delivering knowledge which bridges those gaps.

Position description:
Research into one or more of the following areas:

  • Climate Change Communication Literature
  • Climate Change Communication Organisations
  • Grant opportunities relevant to Climate Change Communication
  • Climate change reporting in Australia

One or more of the following tasks (to be negotiated):

  • Analysis of Newspaper reporting of extreme weather events in Australia
  • The production of high quality climate graphics and communications packages for news outlets.
  • Research toward the content of a new Research Hub website
  • Explore the grant opportunities that exist for funding the activities of the Research Hub and contribute to grant-writing when these become available.

 Amongst the attributes that are desirable for being part of the research team are: literature search and curation skills, research of the WWW, grant-writing, excellent oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team, ability to show initiative and work without close supervision, availability to work on a regular basis. Technical competency with Word, and Excel is needed . Competence in any of the following platforms and apps is also desired, but not essential: Slack, Web-page development, NVivo, Mendeley, Video-Editing Software, Graphics generation apps.

Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply for ATS3129 Arts Internship. 

Closing date 18 January, 2018