International Conference on Environment, Health, and Media

Environment and health are two most important issues in modern society. It is equally important to recognize the powerful role of the media in shaping our knowledge and views about the two issues. In the past decades, a large number of crucial agendas have been built through and promoted in the media, ranging from global warming, fair trade consumption, energy footprints, source reduction, to health promotion, risk prevention and intervention. This international, interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for scholars and practitioners who are interested in the intersection of media, environment, and health, to present new development in theory and practice, to discuss new research avenues in health and environment communication, and to mutually explore new directions for future studies.

The conference organizers are particularly interested in three key themes: (1) Child and youth obesity; (2) Global warming; and (3) Health communication. We welcome scholars and practitioners from all over the world to present their research from various disciplines, such as communication, marketing, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, environmental science, public health, linguistics, cultural studies, and so on. Please send an extended abstract of no more than 800 words to by August 30, 2014.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, and the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Objectives and Themes

The objectives of the conference are

  • To bring together international scholars, educators and industry practitioners to share ideas about theories and practices to promote responsible environmental and health behaviours
  • To bring different academic disciplines together to share theoretical insights and empirical evidence of current issues in media and health as well as environment.

Specifically, topics for this conference shall include (but are not restricted to):

  • Environmental news reporting
  • Environmental framing and media discourse
  • Environmental promotion campaigns
  • Food advertising and promotions among adolescents
  • Food and consumer culture
  • Social construction of beauty
  • Culture and health
  • Young people‚Äôs media production on health issues
  • Public health campaigns
  • Creativity in health messages
  • Doctor patients communication
  • Media and health education

Organizing Committee (list of members)

Prof. Kara Chan (Chair)
Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Judy Siu (Member)
David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies

Dr. Dong Dong (Member)
David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies

Mr. Lennon Tsang (Member)
Department of Communication Studies


Conference Organizers

Hong Kong Baptist University generously supports the conference.


School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University


David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies