David Holmes

Assoc Professor

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1989 …2023

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Personal profile


David Holmes is Director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub as well as Communications Lead for the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, Climate Systems Hub. Trained in the sociology of communications, his research explores the interrelations between media, science communication and climate change.

He is co-editor of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook in Communicating Climate Change and also conducts 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, (2012) Australian Sociology: A Changing Society, David is committed to inter-disciplinary responses to climate change. David is well connected to the Australian climate science community and a National Council member of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. David was columnist for The Conversation from 2013 to 2018 with a column analysing the communication of climate change in Australia, publishing over 90 articles in that time. His articles have also appeared in SBS online, Business Spectator (The Australian), Reneweconomy, Independent Australia, and CNN.

David completed a PhD in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne, where he was also awarded the Dwight Prize for Political Science in his Honours year. In the following decade he published three books in the sociology of communications including his international best-selling: Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society, London, Sage, that has been translated into several languages. At the Hub, David brings together this interdisciplinary background in science studies, political science, sociology and communication scholarship in the approach it takes to climate change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Advisory Board Member, My Net Zero

2022 → …

Independent International Expert, Klima- und Energiefonds (Climate and Energy Fund (Austria))

2021 → …

Public Funds Management Committee, The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)

2021 → …

Instructor, Oxford Climate Journalism Network, University of Oxford

2021 → …

Communications Lead, National Environmental Science Program, Climate Systems Hub, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (Australia)

2020 → …

Member, Steering Group for Scoping ABC International Development’s Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) Pacific Climate Change Communications Scoping Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

2019 → …

Climate Science and Knowledge Management Expert Panel, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Australia)

2019 → …

Member Steering Committee for the WeatheX Project, Australian Resource Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

2018 → …

Member of MediaClimate Network of Climate Journalists, MediaClimate

2018 → …

National Council Member, The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)

2018 → …

Co-Lead: Targeted Communications: Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Partnership (An International, 28 country, cross sector partnership for monitoring effective climate change education coordinated from the Sustainability Education Research Institute & Sustainability and Education Policy Network, University of Saskatchewan

2018 → …

Expert Member - Australian Science Media Centre, University of Melbourne

2016 → …

Editorial Board Member: Komunikator: Communication Journal Indonesia, , Communication Journal Indonesia


Advisory Board, Centre for Climate Change and Society, Dublin City University

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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