I am a researcher at Stellenbosch University where I teach in the field of science communication and public science engagement. I offer an online course, and also teach at postgraduate level (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
My current science communication research explores the question: What factors influence if, why and how researchers engage with public audiences? I am interested in documenting the communication experiences of scientists and in the process to understand what motivates scientists to step out of their offices and labs to interact with society directly or via a range of media channels. I am exploring the incentives and rewards that keeps them going in terms of public communication about their work, but also the barriers that constrain their involvement. In my research, I use ideas and concepts from behavioural psychology (that helps us to understand what drives human behaviour), and also draw from communication science and sociology of science. I am particularly fascinated by highly visible scientists for whom public engagement is a core element of their research careers. I am currently (January to May 2017) interviewing visible scientists identified by a panel of science journalists and media researchers for my PhD research.
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