How we talk about climate change can shape how we take action to address it. Join Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher alongside Sara Doody and Carolyn Eckert for our first research spotlight of 2022. They’ll share their research focusing on communication strategies that make a climate impacted future more present, thus generating climate action. They will also discuss research about how we might think and talk about responsibility to future generations and how this might shape our climate actions. 

About the researchers

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Professor Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher of the Faculty of Arts, is an IC3 member and was recently appointed Canada Research Chair in Science, Health, and Technology Communication. Her areas of research include science communication (especially online), environmental communication (especially related to disaster or risk society), risk communication (especially related to nuclear energy generation), and citizen science.


Sara Doody

Sara Doody is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Knowledge Integration where she is involved in projects investigating climate change communication and transdisciplinary collaboration between science and philosophy. Her areas of research include written communication in science, inter-/transdisciplinary research communication and collaboration, and writing in higher education, especially doctoral writing.


Carolyn Eckert

Carolyn Eckert is a PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her dissertation research is situated in the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (RSTM) focusing on the ethotic construction of experts and authority during pandemics – specifically COVID-19. Following a twenty-plus year career in communications, public relations and marketing, she returned to the University of Waterloo to complete her MA (2020), begin her PhD (2020) and continues to teach part-time for Conestoga College and the Humber College School of Business.


Our research spotlight series showcases the work of IC3 members as they tackle complex climate change problems, and provide opportunities for our community to learn about the implications of this research on policy, practice and technology.  

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