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Dr Usha Harris teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in International Communication in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies. She has 15 years of professional media experience which includes working as a television researcher and producer in Australia and as a print journalist in Fiji. She gained her Master of Arts in International Communication and her PhD from Macquarie University.

Usha uses information and communication technologies as tools for social inclusion, a philosophy that has guided her research and academic practice. She has provided participatory media training to NGO workers, media trainers, and Pacific Island communities on a broad range of environmental and social change issues. Usha has developed a theory of participatory environmental communication that incorporates three foundational concepts of diversity, network and agency (DNA) in community action explained in her forthcoming book Participatory Media in Environmental Communication (Routledge).

Her research interests include environmental communication, media and communication in Asia and the Pacific, communication for social change with a focus on participatory media methodology. Usha's current research foci is environmental communication:

1. To use participatory media in bottom up environmental communication strategies.

2. To enable community awareness of climate change risks and identification of adaptation strategies through self-directed media creation.

3. To develop Participatory Environmental Communication as a viable research framework in the field.

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Projects 2011 2011

Research Outputs 2001 2019

Participatory media in environmental communication: engaging communities in the periphery

Harris, U. S., 2019, London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 182 p. (Routledge studies in environmental communication and media)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Engaging communities in environmental communication

Harris, U. S., 2017, In : Pacific Journalism Review. 23, 1, p. 65-79 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Virtual partnerships: engaging students in e-service learning using computer-mediated communication

Harris, U. S., 1 Jun 2017, In : Asia Pacific Media Educator. 27, 1, p. 103-117 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

computer-mediated communication

ICTs in climate change communication in the Pacific Islands

Harris, U. S., Papoutsaki, E. & Kailahi, S., 2016, In : Information technologies and international development. 12, 4, p. 47-58 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

communication technology
climate change
information technology

Participatory video and the Pacifica Mamas: a pilot project

Saifoloi, M., Papoutsaki, E., Williams, M., Harris, U. S. & Naqvi, M., 2016, Auckland: Unitec Institute of Technology. (Unitec ePress research report series)

Research output: Book/ReportOther reportResearch

Open Access
pilot project
New Zealand