1989 …2020

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Personal profile


David is Founder and Director of the Climate Change Communication Research Hub and is based in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University.

He is co-editor of the forthcoming Edward Elgar Handbook in Communicating Climate Change. David also conducts extensive field research into audience views of climate change beliefs, literacy and behaviour response. Having authored the first ever chapter on the sociology of climate change in an Australian sociology textbook (Holmes D, Hughes K and Julian R, (2015) Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, 4th edition), David is committed to inter-disciplinary responses to climate change. In Marrakech 2016 he was co-Head of Monash’s UNFCCC Delegation to COP22 and an accredited journalist reporting on the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) for The Conversation in 2015. David was columnist for The Conversation from 2013 to 2018 with a column called 'Changing Climates: communicating the relationship between political climates, media power and climate change, publishing over 90 articles in that time. His articles have also appeared in SBS online, Business Spectator (The Australian), Reneweconomy, Independent Australia, CNN, and Monash Lens.


Research area keywords

  • Climate change communication
  • Climate change education
  • Climate change
  • Communication Theory
  • Audience Studies
  • Sociology of Media
  • Social Media Analysis
  • Political communication
  • Anthropocene

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DeSPQTVLCIP: DES2020Provision of QlD TV Localised Climate Information Package

Holmes, D., Hall, S. & Goldie, J.


Project: Research

PTC: Pressing the Climate - Community Newspapers as Climate Educators

Holmes, D., Rogers, B., Morrow, T., Maibach, E., Gallant, A., Hall, S. & Placky, B. W.


Project: Research

Research Output

Climate change communication in Australia: The politics, mainstream media and fossil fuel industry nexus

Holmes, D. C. & Star, C., 2018, Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 1: Theory of Climate Change Communication. Leal Filho, W., Manolas, E., Azul, A. M., Azeiteiro, U. M. & McGhie, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Vol. 1. p. 151-170 20 p. (Climate Change Management; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

RenRen and Social Capital in Contemporary China

Choudhury, N. & Holmes, D., 2018, Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural, and Political Implications. Kent, M., Ellis, K. & Xu, J. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 106-116 11 p. (Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia; no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

The politicization of climate and renewables after the 2016 federal election

Holmes, D. C., 2017

Research output: Other contributionResearchpeer-review

Comment: Why has climate change disappeared from the Australian election radar?

Holmes, D. C., 23 May 2016, Crows Nest NSW Australia : SBS News.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Panic attack on renewables

Holmes, D. C., 16 Oct 2016

Research output: Non-textual formAudio / Visual RecordingOther


  • 1 Contribution to conference

Utopian Studies Society Conference 2019

Andrew Milner (Organiser), , Verity Burgmann (Organiser), , Jacqueline Dutton (Organiser), , Kate Rigby (Organiser), , Tamara Prosic (Organiser), , David Charles Holmes (Organiser), , Gregory Claeys (Organiser), , Raffaella Baccolini (Organiser), , Zachary James Kendal (Organiser), , Aisling Nandini Smith (Organiser), & James Richard Burgmann Milner (Organiser)

1 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Four Hiroshima Bombs per second: How we imagine climate change.

David Holmes


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Australian media failures promote climate policy inaction

David Holmes


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections

David Holmes


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Climate change makes a comeback - with the help of social media

David Holmes


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature