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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.

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 Director of the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics, 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.

Research interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Plymouth

Master, University of Sussex

PhD, University of Sussex

External positions

Board of Trustee member

Sep 2015 → …

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2002 2019

Imaginative engagements: critical reflections on visual arts and climate change

Doyle, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene. Delaware

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Celebrities and Climate Change

Doyle, J., Farrell, N. & Goodman, M. K. 1 Sep 2017 Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. Oxford

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
climate change

Celebrity vegans and the lifestyling of ethical consumption

Doyle, J. 1 Dec 2016 10, 6, p. 777-790 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
moral philosophy
Open Access

Picturing the Clima(c)tic: Greenpeace and the Representational Politics of Climate Change Communication

Doyle, J. 1 Jun 2015 Climates and Cultures. Hulme, M. (ed.). London, UK, Vol. 6, (SAGE Library of the Environment)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2009 2016

  • 2 Editorial work
  • 2 Membership of professional body
  • 1 Event
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

Environmental Humanities (Journal)

Doyle, J. (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work

Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

Doyle, J. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication Peer-review

Environmental Communication (Journal)

Doyle, J. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Editorial work