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

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
  • Professor
    School of Political Science and International Studies
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council