Skip to content

Media School Seminar | Transnational Environmental Campaigns in the Australia-Asia Region


A joint seminar in the Salamanca Media School by PhD candidates Cynthia Nixon and Coco Cullen-Knox

Start Date

28 Sep 2018 3:00 pm

End Date

28 Sep 2018 4:00 pm


Seminar room 206 (SA.SA03.L02.206), Media School in Salamanca, Level 2, 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart

RSVP / Contact

No need to RSVP. Enquiries to

Conflict over environments, landscapes and resources is a recurring feature of our time. The mediation of such conflict has long played an important role in public debate and decision-making, and increasingly crosses cultural and geographic boundaries. This seminar provides an update on the ARC-funded Discovery Project, led by Professor Libby Lester of the School of Social Sciences, that investigates how changing technologies, economies and practices impact on the communication of complex environmental concerns, and in turn influence emerging forms of consumption, trade and activism.

Coco Cullen-Knox will present, ‘Transnational negotiations regarding seafood sustainability: insights from the Australia-Asia region’, which forms part of her PhD andanalyses localised tensions regarding the environmental impacts of salmon aquaculture within global sustainability debates and vice versa, as the growing Asian middle class becomes a significant influencer in food production and resource use globally and an important export market for Australia, with trade tariffs being lifted in 2019.

Cynthia Nixon will report from her PhD project, ‘The Adani conflict in court and media: representation of public environmental litigation’, which investigates all public environmental litigation cases in the Adani conflict as a case study. Through this lens, the communicative interplay between conflict actors as represented by news outlets over time is explored, including the cycle of actor visibility, the dominance of public relations, the role of expert witnesses, and the circulation of ‘truth’ beyond the courtroom.

This free seminar is presented by the School of Social Sciences and supported by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.


Institute for Social Change
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 44


Follow the Institute for Social Change on Facebook  Follow the Institute for Social Change on Twitter