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Professor Libby Lester is the Director of the Monash Climate Change Communications Hub, joining us from the University of Tasmania, where she was the UNESCO Chair in Communication, Environment and Heritage, and Director of the Institute for Social Change.

Professor Lester’s work is focused on understanding and promoting the role of communications and media in good decision making about shared social and environmental futures, and she is recognised internationally for her research on environmental communications.  She has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. She also coordinates multi-disciplinary partnerships with government to support immediate and longer-term decisions by providing useful, evidence-based and timely information about environments and communities in times of change and stress.

For more than a decade, Professor Lester worked as a journalist, reporting on social, political and environmental issues for major Australian newspapers and magazines, including The Age and Good Weekend, and continues to write and produce journalism. She has degrees from ANU (Prehistory and Physical Geography) and University of Melbourne (Media and Communications).

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Physical Geography and Prehistory, BA, Australian National University (ANU)

Media and Communications, PhD, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • climate change,

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