Trish Morgan

Dr.

Trish Morgan is an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. Her research is concerned with the systemic aspects of environmental crisis, and the communication of these multiple environmental issues. She approaches the communication of environmental issues through an interdisciplinary perspective from the domains of geography and communications, and through theory and practice-based approaches.  

Her key research interest is in analysing the nature/society relationship through political economy, (urban) political ecology, human geography and environmental geography perspectives. This research takes a systemic approach by acknowledging environmental crisis as connected to nine planetary boundaries, and safe operating limits for society. She is interested in the urgency of communicating transition towards sustainability through novel communication approaches, doing this through traditional research, along with a multimedia practice that uses sound, photography, video and augmented reality.

She has completed (as PI) two EPA-funded research projects concerning the communication of environmental matters and the role of communications in behaviour change towards sustainability. She has most recently completed the project Sensing our world: How digital media cultural practices can contribute to changing social norms around consumption (2020). This project focused on the role of novel forms of communicating environmental data. This follows on from a previous EPA-funded research project, titled Going Green Digitally? Environmental Crisis, Consumption Patterns and the Evolving Role of Media (2017). This project centred on mainstream media and their role in fostering discourse and behaviour change around consumption practices and ecological sustainability. 

Her recent creative works include 
5km from home, stereo ORTF sound art work in response to COVID-19 in Ireland (available at https://soundcloud.com/eco-sound-art/5km-from-home) and The Miracle of the One Thing, a 12-track ecological sound art work with accompanying video (available at https://soundcloud.com/eco-sound-art/sets/the-miracle-of-the-one-thing).




Other Journal

Year Publication
2017 Trish Morgan (2017) 'Alienated Nature, Reified Culture: Understanding the Limits to Climate Change Responses under Existing Socio-ecological Formations' 5 (1) :30-50. Link

Published Report

Year Publication
2020 Trish Morgan (2020) Sensing Our World: How Digital Cultural Practices Can Contribute to Changing Social Norms Around Consumption. Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, . Link
2017 Trish Morgan (2017) Going Green Digitally? Environmental crisis, consumption patterns, and the evolving role of media. Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, . Link

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Morgan, T (2019) 'Sounding the Unheard River: Reflections on an Ecological Sound Art Praxis as a Response to Ecosystem Distress'. Irish University Review, 49 .
2019 Trish Morgan (2019) 'Sounding the unheard river: Reflections on an ecological sound art praxis as a response to ecosystem distress'. Irish University Review, 49 (1).
2018 Morgan, T (2018) 'The techno-finance fix: A critical analysis of international and regional environmental policy documents and their implications for planning'. Progress in Planning, 119 :1-29.
2018 Morgan, Trish (2018) 'The techno-finance fix: A critical analysis of international and regional environmental policy documents and their implications for planning'. Progress in Planning, 119 :1-29.
2015 Morgan, Trish (2015) 'Growing Ourselves to Death? Economic and Ecological crises, the Growth of Waste, and the Role of the Media and Cultural Industries'. 8 (1):68-81.
2014 Morgan, Trish (2014) 'Adorno and the political economy of communication'. 1 (2).
2013 Morgan T. (2013) 'Sharing, hacking, helping: Towards an understanding of digital aesthetics through a survey of digital art practices in Ireland'. Journal of Media Practice, 14 (2):147-160.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 Trish Morgan (2020) 'Challenges and Potentials for Socio-Ecological Transformation: Considering Structural Aspects of Change' In: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2015 Trish Morgan (2015) International Association for Media and Communications Research Scientific consensus or ‘techno-finance fix’? A critical analysis of international climate policy reports and the role of corporate media Montreal, .
2015 Trish Morgan (2015) ECREA Communication History Bridges or Boundaries? The contested role of mediated communication in modern Europe Venice, .
2016 Trish Morgan (2016) International Association for Media and Communications Research Alienated Nature, Reified Culture: Understanding the Limits to Climate Change Responses under Existing Socio-ecological Formations Leicester University, .
2017 Trish Morgan (2017) Conference of Irish Geographers Climate change: fake news or ideology? An interdisciplinary take combining insights from geography and critical communication theory University College Cork, .
2018 Trish Morgan (2018) Building City Dashboards Workshop Sensing our world: Art, data and meaning-making Maynooth University, 30/03/2018-04/05/2018.
2018 Trish Morgan (2018) Conference of Irish Geographers Dredging the river: Exploring ecosystem crisis through sound art Maynooth University, 10/05/2018-12/05/2018.
2018 Trish Morgan (2018) Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): advancing geography and geographical learning Space and praxis: ecological sound art towards an understanding of sustainability Cardiff, 28/08/2018-31/08/2018.
2019 Trish Morgan (2019) Royal Geographical Society (with IBG Creative sensing, critical making: crafting a geography of hope to engage publics towards sustainable consumption London, .
2019 Trish Morgan & Paschal Preston (2019) International Association for Media and Communications Research Economic inequality and ecological crises: pressing and dynamically interlinked threats to the prevailing political and media order Madrid, .
2019 Trish Morgan (2019) International Association for Media and Communications Research New media, new practices? The potential to bridge gaps in public understanding of environmental issues through critical digital practices Madrid, .
2019 Trish Morgan (2019) Conference of Irish Geographers / EUGEO Sensing our world: how digital cultural practices can contribute to changing social norms around consumption NUI Galway, .
2017 Trish Morgan (2017) Mediating Climate Change Sustainability/climate change discourses in state TV news and current affairs programming in Ireland – a political economy approach Leeds University, .
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Research Interests

Trish’s principal research interests are strongly interdisciplinary. Her key research interest is in analysing the nature/society relationship through political economy, (urban) political ecology, human geography and environmental geography perspectives. This research takes a systemic approach by acknowledging environmental crisis as connected to nine planetary boundaries, and safe operating limits for society. She is interested in the urgency of communicating transition towards sustainability through novel communication approaches, doing this through traditional research and multimedia practice-based research.

Trish would welcome enquiries from postgraduate students interested in pursuing traditional or practice-based research in the above areas.