Introduction: Environmental Leadership in Transition

  • Bruce Tranter
  • Libby LesterEmail author
  • Lyn McGaurr
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)


Research seeking to explain how environmental threats and conflicts are publicly articulated faces a major challenge. In a social movement where the very notion of leadership is sometimes contested and often hidden, how are we to understand the role of environmental leaders in shaping political and public-issue agendas? Why are some leaders more influential than others? How do the sometimes conflicting interests of environmental leaders, Greens politicians and protest groups influence the way environmental concerns are negotiated? How do leaders and media interact in constructing environmental issues, and how has this changed with the major changes affecting media platforms, practices and technologies? This chapter introduces Leadership and the Construction of Environmental Concerns, providing an overview of key issues, related scholarship and the methods used for gathering and analysing the data on which this book is based.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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