Professor Julie Doyle researches in media and is an authority on climate communication.
Her research examines the ways in which media and culture shape our understandings of, and responses to, climate change.
With a particular focus upon visual communication, Dr Doyle has worked collaboratively with visual artists, and provided consultancy for environmental NGOs, government and the sustainability communications sector on best practice for climate and environmental communication.
Julie Doyle is a Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Brighton, where she is Director of the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics
Professor Doyle is committed to examining the role of media and communication in understanding and addressing climate change, and in working collaboratively to find ways to create more sustainable societies. She is Co-Chair of MeCCSA’s Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability (CCES) Network and was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA).
With a specific focus upon the visual, her research explores how climate change is made culturally meaningful across a range of social and cultural practices, including NGO campaigning, arts, news media, science, business, and celebrity and popular culture. Professor Doyle has examined the limitations, and the possibilities, visual communication presents in communicating and engaging audiences with climate change. Her book titled Mediating Climate Change (Ashgate 2011) explores how practices of (visual) mediation (within and across science, environmentalism and media) have come to shape how we understand and respond to climate change. Through contemporary case studies drawn from news media, arts and NGO campaigning, she argues for a more nuanced understanding of human-environmental relations in order to make climate change meaningful to the cultural values and practices of people’s everyday lives.
As a recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence award (2009/11), Professor Doyle collaborated with the artist David Harradine (from Fevered Sleep performance company) to explore how a creative dialogue between art and media studies can lead to new visualisations of climate change. Titled Here Today: Moving Images of Climate Change, the collaborative project led to the creation of a multi-format film called, It’s the Skin You’re Living in, which explores and challenges images of climate change by connecting climate to humans and ‘home’. She is currently working with ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology on a collaborative arts project with young people, called FutureCoast Youth, that brings future climate into the present through storytelling and performance.
Professor Doyle has played a key role in the professionalization of environmental communication as an academic field. She co-founded the Science and Environment Communication Section of the European Communication and Research Education Association (ECREA), and was a founding member on the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA). She is currently Co-Chair of MeCCSA’s Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability (CCES) Network; a member of the Environmental Impact Committee for the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR); and was a Co-Judge for IAMCR’s inaugural Climate Communication Research Award.
She has previously researched the interrelationships between surgery, medicine and the body. She completed her doctorate in 2001 at the University of Sussex, which examined the cultural histories of surgery and anatomy in the formation of gendered embodiment. She has examined the visual culture of medicine and science and its relation to the gendered/sexed body, with a focus upon surgical technologies and practices - both historical and contemporary - in the shaping of body knowledge. More recently she examined how discourses of class are used to promote cosmetic surgery on reality TV.
Since her appointment at Brighton in 2001, Professor Doyle has taught across the Media Studies curriculum, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with specialisms in visual culture, environmental and climate communication, and science/technology and the gendered body. She is the former Assistant Course Leader for BA (Hons) Environment and Media Studies, and was a member of the course development team for this degree course, the first of its kind in the UK.
She has supervised doctoral work on the visual communication of ecology, and on branding and consumption. She would be happy to supervise work on climate and environmental communication and media; gender, technology and embodiment; and visual culture more generally.
Using creativity and play to explore young people’s perceptions of, and engagement with, climate change.
A Leverhulme Trust funded artist in residence project (2009-2011)
Exploring how practices of mediation shape the way we understand and respond to climate change
Julie Doyle developed outreach project from initial work with games designer Ken Eklund and media researcher Sarah Atkinson.
Doyle, Julie, Farrell, Nathan and Goodman, Michael K. (2017) Celebrities and Climate Change Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
Doyle, Julie (2016) Celebrity vegans and the lifestyling of ethical consumption Environmental Communication, 10 (6). pp. 777-790. ISSN 1752-4032
Doyle, Julie (2015) Making climate change meaningful: celebrity vegans and the cultural politics of meat and dairy consumption Harvard College Review of Environment and Society, June 2.
Doyle, Julie (2015) Picturing the Clima(c)tic: Greenpeace and the Representational Politics of Climate Change Communication In: Hulme, M., ed. Climates and Cultures. SAGE Library of the Environment, 6 . Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781473904521
Doyle, Julie (2014) Picturing the clima(c)tic: Greenpeace and the representational politics of climate change communication In: Schneider, B. and Nocke, T., eds. Image politics of climate change: Visualizations, imaginations, documentations. Transcript, Bielefeld, Germany, pp. 225-247. ISBN 9783837626100
Phillips, Louise, Carvalho, Anabela and Doyle, Julie (2012) Citizen voices: Performing public participation in science and environment communication [Edited Collections]
Doyle, Julie (2011) Where has all the oil gone? BP branding and the discursive elimination of climate change risk In: Heffernan, Nick and Wragg, David A., eds. Culture, environment and ecopolitics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 200-225. ISBN 9781443832014
Doyle, Julie (2011) Mediating climate change Ashgate, Farnham, UK. ISBN 9780754676683
Doyle, Julie (2011) Acclimatizing nuclear? Climate change, nuclear power and the reframing of risk in the UK news media International Communication Gazette, 73 (1-2). pp. 107-125. ISSN 1748-0485
Doyle, Julie (2009) Climate Action and Environmental Activism: The Role of Environmental NGOs and Grassroots Movements in the Global Politics of Climate Change In: Boyce, Tammy and Lewis, Justin, eds. Climate Change and the Media. Peter Lang, New York, USA, pp. 103-116. ISBN 9781433104619
Doyle, Julie (2009) ‘Seeing the Climate? The Problematic Status of Visual Evidence in Climate Change Campaigning’ In: Dobrin, Sidney and Morey, Sean, eds. Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature. State University of New York Press, New York, USA, pp. 279-298. ISBN 9781438425832
Doyle, Julie and Karl, Irmgard (2008) Shame on You: Cosmetic Surgery and Class Transformation in '10 Years Younger’ In: Palmer, Gareth, ed. The Big Reveal: Lifestyle TV. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 83-99. ISBN 9780754674306
Doyle, Julie and Roen, Katrina (2008) Introduction: surgery and embodiment - carving out subjects Body and Society, 14 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1357-034X
Doyle, Julie (2008) The spectre of the scalpel: the historical role of surgery and anatomy in conceptions of embodiment Body and Society, 14 (1). pp. 9-30. ISSN 1357-034X
Doyle, Julie (2007) Cybersurgery and surgical (dis)embodiment: technology, science, art and the body Transformations, 15. ISSN 1444-3775
Doyle, Julie (2007) Historicising Surgery: Sex, Gender, Technology and the Surgical Imaginary Social Semiotics, 17 (3). pp. 341-359. ISSN 1035-0330
Doyle, Julie (2007) Picturing the Clima(c)tic: Greenpeace and the Representational Politics of Climate Change Communication Science as Culture, 16 (2). pp. 129-50. ISSN 1470-1189
Doyle, Julie (2006) Anatomy of the Womb: Imag(in)ing Reproduction in the Discourse of Surgery Women: A Cultural Review, 17 (3). pp. 310-324. ISSN 0957-4042
Doyle, Julie and O'Riordan, K. (2004) Virtual ideals: art, science and gendered cyberbodies In: Reiche, C. and Kuni, V., eds. Cyberfeminism: next protocols. Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, USA, pp. 185-201. ISBN 1570271496
Doyle, Julie and O'Riordan, K. (2002) Virtually visible: female cyberbodies and the medical imagination In: Booth, A. and Flanagan, M., eds. Reload: rethinking women + cyberculture. MIT Press, London, pp. 239-260. ISBN 0262062275
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