Dr Scott Hanson-Easey

Dr Scott Hanson-Easey
 Position Research Fellow and Lecturer
 Org Unit Public Health
 Email scott.hanson-easey@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0160
 Location Floor/Room WS9062.14 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Research  Fellow and Lecturer

    School of Public Health

    I have a research interest in how natural hazards (e.g., heatwaves, bushfires, flooding) risk communication operates, and how it could could be enhanced to better prepare lay publics for disasters and emergencies. In particular, my work explores how risk communication efforts could better address cultural, social, material, and discursive facets alive in our communities.

    I use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) paradigm to broker engagement and understanding between communities and government emergency management agencies, facilitating the co-development of risk messages.

    Employing a CBPR approach, I have worked with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Karen (former humanitarian refugees from Burma) community in Victoria to develop a film on fire bans and restrictions.

    I have a formal background in social psychology, and joined the School of Public Health in 2012 to manage a National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) funded project: Public understanding of climate change risk in South Australia. Before that, my PhD research focused on the discursive and rhetorical aspects of racism as it is produced on talkback radio and in political discourse.

    In addition to this research, I was Manager of NCCARF's Vulnerable Communities Adaptation Network (VCN), hosted by the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. The network strengthened Australia's research capacity in this vital area and augmented understanding of how climate change will impact on the nation's most vulnerable groups, and how these impacts could be mitigated. 

    Before this, my research focused on the discursive aspects of race-talk in the Australian media and politics. I critically examined how Sudanese-Australians were being portrayed in political and lay talk on talkback radio. The mercurial nature of racism as manifested in potitical discourse continues to intrigue me. 


  • Qualifications

    BPsych(Hons), AssocDipSocSci, PhD

  • Publications

    Hanson-Easey, S., Tong, M., & Bi, P. (2018). Final Report: Understanding the environmental risk information needs of Chinese tourists. Prepared for the Australia-China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Hanson-Easey, S. (2018). Project evaluation report: Prevention is better than cure. A community-based participtory research project. Prepared for the Country Fire Authority (CFA).   

    Hanson-Easey, S., Every, D., Hansen, A., & Bi, P. (2018). Risk communication for new and emerging communities: The contingent role of social capital. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, 620-628.

    Bartram, A., Hanson-Easey, S., & Eliott, J. (2018). Heroic journeys through sobriety: How temporary alcohol abstinence campaigns portray participant experiences. International Journal of Drug Policy, 55, 80-87.

    Hanson-Easey, S. (2018). Talking about the other: Sudanese Australians and the language of difference on talkback radio. In D. Nolan., K. Farquharson., T Margoribanks & D. Muller. Australian media and the Politics of Belonging. London, UK: Anthem Press. 

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Augoustinos, M. (2018). ‘God’s great leveler’: Talkback radio as a qualitative data source. In V. Clarke & V. Braun (Eds.) Innovative methods for qualitative data collection: A practical guide to textual and virtual technique. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    Hansen, A., Pisaniello, D., Varghese, B., Rowett, S., Hanson-Easey, S., Bi, P., & Nitschke, M. (2018). What can we learn about workplace heat stress management from a safety regulator complaints database?. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(3), 459.

    Bartram, A., Eliott, J., Hanson-Easey, S., & Crabb, S. (2017). How have people who have stopped or reduced their alcohol consumption incorporated this into their social rituals?. Psychology & Health, 1-17.

    Xiang, J., Hansen, A., Liu, Q., Tong, M. X., Liu, X., Sun, Y., ... & Weinstein, P. (2018). Association between malaria incidence and meteorological factors: a multi-location study in China, 2005–2012. Epidemiology & Infection, 146(1), 89-99.

    Navi, M., Hansen, A., Nitschke, M., Hanson-Easey, S., & Pisaniello, D. (2017). Developing Health-Related Indicators of Climate Change: Australian Stakeholder Perspectives. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(5), 552.

    Tong, M. X., Hansen, A., Hanson-Easey, S., Cameron, S., Xiang, J., Liu, Q., ... & Williams, C. (2017). Perceptions of malaria control and prevention in an era of climate change: a cross-sectional survey among CDC staff in China. Malaria Journal, 16(1), 136.

    Xiang, J., Hansen, A., Liu, Q., Liu, X., Tong, M. X., Sun, Y., Cameron, S., Hanson-Easey, S, ... & Weinstein, P. (2017). Association between dengue fever incidence and meteorological factors in Guangzhou, China, 2005–2014. Environmental Research, 153, 17-26.

    Tong, M. X., Hansen, A., Hanson-Easey, S., Cameron, S., Xiang, J., Liu, Q., ... & Williams, C. (2017). Health professionals' perceptions of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome and climate change in China. Global and Planetary Change, 152, 12-18.

    Williams, S., Hanson-Easey, S., Robinson, G., Pisaniello, D., Newbury, J., Saniotis, A., & Bi, P. (2016). Heat adaptation and place: experiences in South Australian rural communities. Regional Environmental Change, 1-11.

    Lao, J., Hansen, A., Nitschke, M., Hanson-Easey, S., & Pisaniello, D. (2016). Working smart: An exploration of council workers’ experiences and perceptions of heat in Adelaide, South Australia. Safety science, 82, 228-235.

    Hansen, A., Xiang, J., Liu, Q., Tong, M.X., Sun, Y., Liu, X., Chen, K., Cameron, S., Hanson‐Easey, S., Han, G.S. and Weinstein, P. (2016). Experts' Perceptions on China's Capacity to Manage Emerging and Re‐emerging Zoonotic Diseases in an Era of Climate Change. Zoonoses and Public Health. 1-10.

    Tong, M. X., Hansen, A., Hanson-Easey, S., Xiang, J., Cameron, S., Liu, Q., ... & Williams, C. (2016). Perceptions of capacity for infectious disease control and prevention to meet the challenges of dengue fever in the face of climate change: A survey among CDC staff in Guangdong Province, China. Environmental research, 148, 295-302.

    Hanson-Easey, S., Williams, S., Hansen, A., Fogarty., K & Bi. (2015). Talking about climate change: A discursive analysis of lay understandings. Science Communication, 37(2), 217-239. DOI: 10.1177/1075547014568418

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Standon, M., (2015). Basic fire safety in the home for the African Communities in SA [film]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/13688284

    Hansen, A., Hanson-Easey, S., & Bi, P. (2015). Support for adaptation in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. In R. Walker & W. Mason (Eds.). Climate change adaptation for community based health and social service organisations. Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO Publishing

    Augoustinos, M., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2015). The essentialised refugee: Representations of racialised others. G. Summat., Andreouli., G Gaskell., & J. Valsiner (Eds.). Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Augoustinos, M. (2014). ‘They're all tribals': Essentialism, context and the discursive representation of Sudanese refugees. Discourse & Society, 25(3), 362-382. DOI: 10.1177/0957926513519536

    Riggs, D., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2014). The Invisibility of Lesbian Mother Families in the South Australian Premier's Reading Challenge. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 52(1), 23-33.

    Hanson-Easey, S., Bi, P., Hansen, A., Williams, S, I., Nitschke, M., Saniotis, A., Zhang, Y., & Hodgetts, K (2013). Public understanding of climate change and adaptation in South Australia. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, pp. 95.

    Crabb, S., Feo, R. & Hanson-Easey, S. (2012). Gender equity in the tertiary sector: A focus on senior staff recruitment. Report for the University of Adelaide's Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee.

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Augoustinos, M. (2012). Narratives from the neighbourhood: The discursive construction of integration problems on talkback radio. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 16(1), 28-55.

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Augoustinos, M. (2011). Complaining about humanitarian refugees: The role of sympathy talk in the design of complaints on talkback radio. Discourse and Communication, 5(3), 247-271.

    Augoustinos, M., Beasley, C., & Hanson-Easey, S. (2011). Overseas Students Health Lens Project: Improving the health and wellbeing of overseas students undertaking post- secondary study in SA in the VET Sector. Report for SA Health.

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Augoustinos, M. (2010). Out of Africa: Refugee policy and the language of Causal attribution. Discourse and Society 21(3), 1-29.

    Hanson-Easey, S., & Moloney, G. (2009). Social representations of refugees: Place of origin as a delineating resource. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19(6), 506-514.




  • Community Engagement

    I work closely with government, non-government, and community stakeholders on questions of environmental and health risk communication. These partnerships are key to orientating my research questions and findings to 'real life' challenges within the community, providing an evidence base for policy development and, specifically, the construction of efficacious risk communication, adaptation, resilience building, and community engagement strategies. 

    My research has regulary featured on ABC Radio Adelaide, SBS Word News (TV), ABC Radio National (PM), Radio Adelaide, The Australian Financial Review, SBS Radio, and RadioNZ.



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