Dr Rebecca Green

Dr Rebecca Green


Doctor of Philosophy (design and sociology), Queensland University of Technology  2016

Master of Design, Queensland College of Art (Griffith University)  2007

Associate Diploma of Art & Design (Graphic Design), Canberra Institute of Technology  1996

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Dr Rebecca Green (PhD) is a Lecturer and researcher at UNSW Art & Design (Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture) and an experienced graphic designer and illustrator. She has qualifications in graphic design and sociology. Her research into the visual communication of Climate Change highlights the significant influence that the language of graphic design can make on the uptake of, and trust in strategic climate messaging. As Academic Lead, 2021 Global Engagement Program at the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), this research is currently at the forefront of IUCA Global Climate Talks and University Hackathon environments. This research is key to similarly complex scientific issues such as vaccination uptake and COVID-19 messaging, and to types of misinformation prevalent on social media. Given the rapid advancement of digital media technology, which has led to the dominance of an even more image-based style of visual communication, the role of the graphic designer in translating these important messages becomes more important every day.

Rebecca has worked as a graphic designer for more than twenty years, moving to academia in 2012. Her experience extends from app design, websites, cartooning and interactive museum exhibitions to 2D and 3D animation, and a later move to sustainable design practice. She was recently selected to speak in a series of UNSW talks and interviews about visual communication in the digital space, predicting drastic change by 2020, with much of the world’s populations indoors and communicating on screen, and that climate change would become a much more salient issue. She has written articles on symbology in digital media, early visual communication of COVID, and on climate change communication.


UNSW Art & Design 1-37 Greens Road Paddington NSW 2031
  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Green R, 2018, 'How Aesthetic Style Can Influence Reception of Visual Communications of Climate Change', in Leal Filho W; Manolas E; Azul AM; Azeiteiro UM; McGhie H (ed.), Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 1. Theory of Climate Change Communication, edn. Climate Change Management, Springer International Publishing, pp. 77 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69838-0
  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2023
    McGhee J; Strong C; Kadir S; Gunn N; Green R; Bailey B; Parton RG; Lilja A, 2023, Nanoscape 3D Animation, SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2023, Online, 01 August 2023 - 31 August 2023, medium: Short Animated Film, at: https://enter.amcpros.com/ava/entry/nanoscape/
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    Green R, 2021, 'Equal actors: A method for analysing the visual language of communication for complex issues', presented at 7th International Visual Methods Conference, Cape Town, 13 December 2021 - 15 December 2021, https://ivmc7.visualmethods.info/
    Theses / Dissertations | 2016
    Green R, 2016, The role of aesthetic style in the visual communication of climate change, Queensland University of Technology, https://eprints.qut.edu.au/91366/
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Green R, 2014, 'Translating the crisis: A new typology of the visual communication of anthropogenic climate change', presented at A Matter of Design: 5th STS Italia Conference, Politecnico di Milano, 12 June 2014 - 14 June 2014
    Designs / Architecture | 2012
    Green R, 2012, And Then They Were Gone, Publication: Yugambeh Museum and Language Heritage Research Centre, Beenleigh, Queensland, Editor: O'Connor P, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 2012
    Green R, 2012, Old Yumba, Publication: Yugambeh Museum and Language Heritage Research Centre, Beenleigh, Queensland, Editor: O'Connor P, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 2005
    Green R; Hall C, 2005, Queensland Museum Sciencentre, Queensland Museum Network, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 2002
    Green R, 2002, Main Roads Workers Heritage Centre, Publication: QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads, Barcaldine, Queensland Australia, Editor: Meyer D, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 2001
    Green R; Brunke R, 2001, Rockhampton Customs House, Publication: Queensland Museum Network, Rockhampton Customs House, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 2000
    Green R; Murray P, 2000, Pandora Gallery, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Publication: Queensland Museum Network, Museum of Tropical Queensland, publication category: Designs / Architecture
    Designs / Architecture | 1999
    Green R; Murray P, 1999, Everyone's Business: Business practice and culture 1949-1999, Publication: QUT Faculty of Business, Queensland Museum, publication category: Designs / Architecture

Gordon Andrews Scholarship, Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), 2007

UNSW Philanthropic Grant for Early Career Researchers, 2021

Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence (2007)


Academic Lead, 2021 Global Engagement Program, International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA)


My Research Supervision

Carly Hare
Typographic artefacts in film (PhD):
The aim of this research project is to make explicit how the role of graphic designer and graphic prop contribute to a fictional film’s visual narrative.

David Wilkins
Reducing Risk of Serious Injury in the commercial Aviation Industry: An exploration of Motion Capture and 3D visualisation design in immersive Virtual Reality Training (PhD)

My Teaching

SDES9760 Introduction to Graphics Media

SDES9761 Contemporary Typography

DDES4101 Design Honours Studio Research Project 1