Cary Institute to Examine Communication in Environmental Controversies
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
Next week I am excited to be participating in a unique conference organized by the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies. The Institute is bringing together top scientists, journalists, policy experts, and communication researchers to focus on "Effective Communication of Science in Environmental Controversies" with a series of symposia articles to be produced based on the presentations. Headliners include the NY Times' Andrew Revkin and Nature columnist David Goldston.
At the conference I will be presenting on new models for science and environmental journalism, a topic very much top of mind for me as I burned long hours the past few weeks finishing an NIH proposal with this focus.