Doctoral Student Hanna Morris Awarded 2017 New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship

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The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) have recently announced that Hanna E. Morris, a first year doctoral student at the Annenberg School, is the recipient of the 2017 New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship has been awarded biannually since 2015 and is part of IAMCR’s policy to “green” its activities. The Fellowship is given to an IAMCR member for an outstanding and innovative research proposal. This year’s fellowship is sponsored by the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University in Australia.

Morris’ proposal, entitled “Painting with Light: Climate Change and the Photographic Imaginary,” focuses on the effort by a small group of photographers to represent the reality of climate change. She will interview six photographers from around the world and conduct a visual ethnography of their digital and on-site photographic exhibitions.

Her proposal was heralded by the selection committee as being especially coherent, original, and socially relevant. The selection committee consists of Max Boykoff, University of Colorado; Maria Clara Valencia, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar; Robert Hackett, Simon Frasier University; and Karl Mathieson, Climate Home.

Morris is currently researching the visual culture of climate change, and her past work has focused on climate change discourse in American print and television news. She holds a Master of Science in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Society & Environment with a concentration in Global Environmental Politics from the University of California, Berkley.

She will formally accept the award at IAMCR’s 2017 conference, held July 16-20 in Cartagena, Columbia.