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Introduction: Researching Visual Environmental Communication

WithAnders Hansen & David Machin

In 2008, we published a journal paper arguing that while scholarly work on media

representations of environmental issues had made substantial progress in textual

analysis, there had been much less work on visual representations. This special edition

has a number of aims in this respect. It seeks to mark out where there has been progress

since 2008, and the papers in this collection represent some of the fresh and exciting high

quality scholarly work now emerging on an expanding number of topics and using

different methods. We argue that we need to think more openly about what we mean by

‘‘the visual.’’ We begin by placing research into visual representations of the environment

into the wider trajectory of visual studies research. We then proceed to review key trends

in visual environmental communication research and to delineate core dimensions,

contexts and sites of visual analysis.