Communication, Media & Politics in a World at Risk

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Environmental Issues, Communication & the Media

Environmental Issues, Communication & the Media

In a Spring 2016 course, students analyze major debates over the environment, climate change, and related technologies, studying how they are portrayed by experts, advocates, and the media; and evaluating the implications for effective public communication, policymaker engagement, and personal decision-making.
Science, Communication & Society

Science, Communication & Society

In a new course, students analyze the complicated interplay between science, engineering, and society focusing on the implications for strategic communication, public engagement, and personal decisions.
Disruptive Ideas & Climate Change

Disruptive Ideas & Climate Change

In a new peer-reviewed paper I examine the impact of prominent public intellectuals and best-selling authors in the climate change debate.
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Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

–This article originally appeared at The Conversation. Read the original article. Climate change is a major public health threat, already making existing problems like asthma, exposure to extreme heat, food poisoning, and infectious disease more severe, and posing new risks from climate change-related disasters, including death or injury. Those were the alarming conclusions of a new...
Health Communication: Spring 2016 Syllabus and Readings

Health Communication: Spring 2016 Syllabus and Readings

Download PDF of Syllabus             In this course, you learn about the relevant scientific, social, and ethical dimensions of major public health debates and problems; the generalizable theories, frameworks, and methods that scholars use to analyze them; and the implications for effective public communication and personal decision-making. Assignments include facilitating class discussion, class presentations, short...
A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

–This article originally appeared at news@Northeastern. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 196 coun­tries left the U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change in Paris this weekend after agreeing on a his­toric accord to address cli­mate change head-​​on. The 31-​​page agree­ment, adopted after two-​​weeks of nego­ti­a­tions, includes a number of objec­tives, the most sig­nif­i­cant of which is lim­iting the rise...
Paris deal could help narrow climate divide

Paris deal could help narrow climate divide

–This article originally appeared at New Scientist magazine. If the aims of the historic Paris climate deal are to be met, a moonshot effort to develop technologies that can decarbonise the world economy will be needed – and the US has been positioning itself to lead this push. The accord involves 195 countries pledging to...