The activities and outcomes of the Australian environmental movement

Crawford School of Public Policy
Dr Robyn Gulliver

Event details

RE&D Research Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 15 September 2022


Acton Theatre or zoom


Dr Robyn Gulliver

Meeting ID: 856 8286 8706

Password: 706978

Our rapidly escalating environmental crisis is fuelling increasing environmental activism on both the global stage and in Australia. Whether advocating for the reduction of carbon emissions, restrictions on landclearing or the protection of local wetlands, this environmental activism ecosystem is diverse, complex and highly active. Yet we know little empirically about what factors influence the extent to which environmental activists are achieving their goals. This presentation presents findings on an extensive analysis of the activities and outcomes of the Australian environmental movement covering four topics; who the environmental movement consists of, what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what they are achieving. Although these findings highlight the power environmental activism has for effecting change, further work remains to identify an evidence-based suite of effective collective action tactics more likely to prompt a rapid, meaningful response to the environmental crisis. The presentation will conclude with an overview of plans to advance this work.

Dr Robyn Gulliver is a Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of environmental activism. Recent publications include The Advocates, Civil Resistance against Climate Change and the Psychology of Effective Activism.

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