Researcher

Associate Professor Tema Milstein

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Biography

Tema Milstein's work tends to ways culture, society, and discourse inform – and are informed by – earthly relations. Her focus is on the cultural meaning systems that shape our ecological understandings, identities, and actions, and on ways we create a destructive status quo or regenerative ways of being. Her research interests include ecocultural communication, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, environmental activism, and ecoculture...view more

Tema Milstein's work tends to ways culture, society, and discourse inform – and are informed by – earthly relations. Her focus is on the cultural meaning systems that shape our ecological understandings, identities, and actions, and on ways we create a destructive status quo or regenerative ways of being. Her research interests include ecocultural communication, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, environmental activism, and ecoculture jamming. Her recently published Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity (2020) (with co-editor José Castro-Sotomayor) gathers 40 international authors from across disciplines to bring the ecological turn to sociocultural understandings of the self. She is dedicated to transformative ecopedagogy, and is co-editor of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice (Routledge, 2017) and served as her former institution's University Presidential Teaching Fellow. Milstein has taught at universities in Australia, the United States, Italy, China, and New Zealand. Before coming to UNSW, she was an associate professor of Geography & Environmental Studies and Environmental Communication at the University of New Mexico. In her previous professional life, she was a newspaper and public radio journalist.


My Grants

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Principal investigator. Developing the university campus as an urban wildlife refuge. August 2018-July 2020.
Principal investigator. Conservation management audio-visual public messaging. August 2018-May 2019.
Principal investigator. Conservation management social media outreach. August 2017-May 2018.
Principal investigator. Wildlife and pollinator habitat via campus community garden pedagogy. August 2017-July 2018.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Academic and Leadership Institute (flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative).  Faculty co-investigator/instructor. 25 young African leaders, six-week institute. US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, International Research and Exchanges Board. 2017.

McCune Foundation. Faculty co-investigator. MediaDesk NM capacity building for non-profit sector in sustainability innovation. 2013-2014.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Co-investigator. Collaborative for Sustainable Foodshed Development. 2010-2013.

 


My Qualifications

PhD, University of Washington; MA, University of New Mexico


My Awards

US Fulbright Scholar/Fulbright New Zealand. Senior Scholar. Kaikoura & Auckland, New Zealand. 2012.

University of Tasmania Visiting Fellow. Hobart, Australia. 2016.

Journal Article Awards: 
National Communication Association. For Outstanding Environmental Scholarship.
2017. Sole author
2009. Sole author

Book Awards:
American Educational Studies Association. Critics Choice Award.
2013. Chapter author

National Communication Association. For Outstanding Environmental Scholarship.
2017. Co-editor
2013. Chapter author
2010. Chapter author

Top Conference Papers:
International Communication Association. Environmental Division:  2017,  2012.

National Communication Association. Environmental Division:  2010,  2006.

Western States Communication Association. Environmental Division:  2011.

Research Social Impact Award:
Dean's Research Award for Society Impact. University of New South Wales. 2020.

Teaching Awards:
Presidential Teaching Fellow. University of New Mexico. 2015-2017. 

Outstanding Teacher of the Year. University of New Mexico. 2011. 


My Research Activities

I'm currently working on several projects, including:

  • Finishing up the Handbook of Ecocultural Identity with co-editor José Castro Sotomayor: A transdisciplinary project with 40 international chapter authors focused on the ecological dimension of sociocultural identities in a range of contexts. To be published with Routledge in 2020.
  • A field and text-based analysis of the fossil fuel industry's use of framing to direct visitor views in endangered marine mammal protection zones with co-researcher John Carr.
  • An ecopedagogy-driven study on screen-time fasting for ecocultural realignment with co-researchers John Carr and José Castro Sotomayor.
  • A place-based pedagogy-driven study on creating and regenerating campus community gardens as regenerative learning spaces with co-researchers Maggie Siebert, Monica Kowal, and Christina Hoberg.
  • A study of ecoculture jams as transformative environmental communication practice and pedagogy interventions with co-author Franzisca Weder.

 

 


My Teaching

IEST5001 Frameworks for Environmental Management

IEST5005 Environmental Communication

ARTS1241 Environmental Advocacy and Activism

 

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Videos

In conversation with Dr. Laura McLauchlan, Associate Professor Tema Milstein discusses her most recent publication, the Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity (2020), co-edited with José Castro-Sotomayor.