Influence of visual communication on trust, misinformation, climate change communication, the role of emotion in campaign messaging, visual symbols, sustainability and design
Fields of Research (FoR)Visual communication design (incl. graphic design), Sustainable design
Dr Rebecca Green (PhD) is a Lecturer and researcher at UNSW Art & Design (Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture) and an experienced graphic designer and illustrator. She has qualifications in graphic design and sociology. Her research into the visual communication of Climate Change highlights the significant influence that the language of graphic design can make on the uptake of, and trust in strategic climate messaging. As Academic Lead,...view more
Dr Rebecca Green (PhD) is a Lecturer and researcher at UNSW Art & Design (Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture) and an experienced graphic designer and illustrator. She has qualifications in graphic design and sociology. Her research into the visual communication of Climate Change highlights the significant influence that the language of graphic design can make on the uptake of, and trust in strategic climate messaging. As Academic Lead, 2021 Global Engagement Program at the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), this research is currently at the forefront of IUCA Global Climate Talks and University Hackathon environments. This research is key to similarly complex scientific issues such as vaccination uptake and COVID-19 messaging, and to types of misinformation prevalent on social media. Given the rapid advancement of digital media technology, which has led to the dominance of an even more image-based style of visual communication, the role of the graphic designer in translating these important messages becomes more important every day.
Rebecca has worked as a graphic designer for more than twenty years, moving to academia in 2012. Her experience extends from app design, websites, cartooning and interactive museum exhibitions to 2D and 3D animation, and a later move to sustainable design practice. She was recently selected to speak in a series of UNSW talks and interviews about visual communication in the digital space, predicting drastic change by 2020, with much of the world’s populations indoors and communicating on screen, and that climate change would become a much more salient issue. She has written articles on symbology in digital media, early visual communication of COVID, and on climate change communication.
Gordon Andrews Scholarship, Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), 2007
UNSW Philanthropic Grant for Early Career Researchers, 2021
Doctor of Philosophy (design and sociology), Queensland University of Technology 2016
Master of Design, Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) 2007
Associate Diploma of Art & Design (Graphic Design), Canberra Institute of Technology 1996
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence (2007)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am currently available for joint supervision for candidates who are researching areas such as visual communication, graphic design, trust, sustainability, comics, climate change communication, semiotics, trust, aesthetic style and visual rhetoric. Other projects also be considered, especially traditional research projects involving qualitative and quantitative methodologies, phenomenology, cultural studies and visual analysis.
Typographic artefacts in film (PhD):
The aim of this research project is to make explicit how the role of graphic designer and graphic prop contribute to a fictional film’s visual narrative.
Reducing Risk of Serious Injury in the commercial Aviation Industry: An exploration of Motion Capture and 3D visualisation design in immersive Virtual Reality Training (PhD)
Academic Lead, 2021 Global Engagement Program, International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA)
SDES9760 Introduction to Graphics Media
SDES9761 Contemporary Typography
DDES4101 Design Honours Studio Research Project 1