Making sense of climate change: Home, community engagement and a sensory approach

A/Prof. Michelle Duffy; Prof. Gordon Waitt (Uni. of Wollongong), Dr Michael Gallagher (Manchester Metropolitan Uni.)

Following the call for grounded analysis of how people make sense of sustainability in their everyday lives, this project draws on novel participatory methodologies to examine the complex, embodied and sensorial ways in which places, and our connection to these places, are constituted. New insights to sustainability are offered by asking the question: “What does it feel like to engage with particular everyday practices such as recycling, driving, walking, cooking and or cleaning?”.


Indicative publications/ presentations:

Duffy, M, Waitt, G, Harada, T (2016) Making sense of sound: Visceral sonic mapping as a research tool, Emotion, Space and Society 20: 49-57

Co-authored presentation with Michael Gallagher (Glasgow), Gordon Waitt (Wollongong) ‘Making sense of climate change: sound as a methodological tool for re-thinking sustainability’ Echo & Polis: Days of Sound, Athens, Greece (29 September – 3 October 2012)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.