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Dr Rebecca

Social trends commentator and author


Dr. Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends.

She holds degrees in law and film studies and a Ph.D. in Gender Studies.

For nearly 9 years Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report. She has led the research at Essential Media and Vox Populi, part of the CIRCA research group, before starting her own research and consultancy business. She worked closely with The Sunrise Movement on the Climate Compass Project as well as with many other climate and environment NGOs. Rebecca is Director of Research at the agency 89DegreesEast.

She is the author of numerous books including How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference (Murdoch books, 2020), Still, Lucky: why you should feel optimistic about Australia and its people (Penguin 2017) and Australia Fair: Listen to the Nation, the first Quarterly Essay for 2019.

She has delivered The John Button Oration (2012) at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and the MSSI Oration at the University of Melbourne (2019). In 2022 she delivered The Talbot Oration at the Australian Museum.

Rebecca writes occasionally for The Guardian and co-presented the Guardian’s podcast Common Ground with Lenore Taylor in 2017.

Rebecca was a broadcaster with the ABC’s RN and presented The History Listen and Drive on a Friday.

In addition to books, Rebecca has written extensively for essay collections, magazines, newspapers and online publications. She was a feature writer for Australian Vogue and a columnist for BRW and ABC Life. She writes regularly for The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, the SMH and Australian Traveller Magazine.

Rebecca co-hosts with Sarah Macdonald a comedy storytelling night and podcast called The Full Catastrophe. The Full Catastrophe is also a book (Hardie Grant, May 2019).

Rebecca has researched the social and political dimensions of food and cooking throughout her career and has published on these topics in books and articles. She has written and presented two episodes of RN’s Future Tense, on climate change and food and aging and food. She presented at MAD Syd in 2017 with Rene Redzepi and David Chang. She is on the Advisory Group of MAD Sydney. She wrote a children’s book, Nonna’s Gnocchi celebrating grandparents cooking with their children.

She is on the board of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the Executive Board of the NSW branch of the ALP. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Australian Parents for Climate Action. She is a member of the Advisory Group for the Climate Solutions Centre at the Australian Museum and for the Sydney Environment Centre at the University of Sydney. She has held board positions on The Whitlam Institute and The Dusseldorp Forum.

She was an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales.

Rebecca is an experienced conference and panel chair. She has experience in conducting community consultations as well as executive coaching, specifically in the university sector as well as in the area of climate and sustainability.

She is a registered Commonwealth marriage celebrant. She is the mother of three girls and lives in Sydney.

Talking Points

How to talk about climate change

Based on her successful book and years of research on Australian attitudes to climate and the energy transition, Rebecca will show you how to communicate effectively about the biggest challenge and biggest opportunity facing our nation - how to address climate change.

Key Takeaways:
- Understanding public opinion on climate
- Communications guidance
- Case studies
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