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00 | Research Index

01 | Summary
02 | Areas of Interest
03 | Theories Applied
04 | Methods
05 | Projects
06 | Publications

01 | Research Summary

Neil Ever Osborne is an Assistant Professor in the School of the Environment at Trent University.

As a social scientist and public scholar, he is interested in examining the converging social and environmental issues that narrate our times in a changing — and warming — world, along with the effective means to communicate these issues to the public and critical stakeholders to invite action.

More specifically, Osborne’s research aims to understand better the media’s effect on audiences’ real-life morals, values, and behaviours — this includes how narratives of all kinds can more effectively foster sustained engagement with solutions to the climate crisis.

In this pursuit, he uses an evidence-based approach to inform the research questions in the projects noted below.

02 | Research Areas of Interest

• Climate communications
• Reframing environmental discourse
• Visual storytelling and photography
• Biological and cultural diversity (i.e., the biosphere and ethnosphere) and societal pressures that endanger both
• Protected area designation and conservation (i.e., primarily in the polar and tropical regions)

03 | Research Theories Applied

• Narrative theory: Overview (see Herman, 2007; Abbott, 2021); Narrative empathy (see Keen, 2006); Narrative paradigm (see Fisher, 1984); Public sphere (see Habermas, 1991); Storytelling (see Benjamin in Hale, 2006); Narrative structure (see Barthes, 1975)
• Affect theory (see Gregg & Seigworth, 2010; Weik von Mossner, 2017; Seigworth & Pedwell, 2023)
• Social cognitive theory (see Bandura, 1971; De Meyer et al., 2020)
• Framing theory (see Lakoff, 2010)
• Communication theory: Photography (see Sontag, 1973)

04 | Research Methods

• Social science and ethnographic approaches, including experimental, survey, and in-depth interview methods
• Eye-witness reporting with a camera
• Documentary assignments
• Field expeditions to local and global locales, often remote, for wildlife mark-recapture studies

06 | Research Projects

RESEARCH | The TREES Model

The TREES Model
Climate Communication

RESEARCH | Reframing Environmental Discourse

Our Shared Home
Reframing Environmental Discourse

RESEARCH | From Catastrophe to Community

From Catastrophe to Community
Human Dimensions of Climate Change

RESEARCH | The Emperor’s Last Stand

The Emperor's Last Stand
Protected Areas