How Images Shape Responses to Humanitarian Crises (2011–2014)

Abstract:
This research will enable better understanding of how images, and the emotions they generate, shape responses to humanitarian crises. Scholars largely recognize that images play a key role in communicating catastrophic events to distant audiences, but we still lack a precise understanding of various important issues involved, including why we react differently to different humanitarian crises. By comparing media representations of a genocide, natural catastrophe, refugee crises and pandemic, our project offers both scholarly and policy-relevant insight about how exactly images procure a willingness to alleviate human suffering and how they can actively be used to enhance Australia's humanitarian commitment to the global community.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Political Science and International Studies
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council