Dr. Smith is an applied social science researcher interested in communication dimensions of science and environmental issues. She currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Science Communication Research. Her research has examined communication and media dynamics on issues of wildfire, forest policy, water contamination, climate change, and alternative energy transitions. Since coming to the UO in 2018, her work has largely focused on natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest, including smoke and wildfire. She has served as an Associate Editor for Environmental Communcation and a board member for the International Environmental Communication Association. Prior to joining the Center for Science Communication Research, Smith was an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Harrington School of Communication and Media and the Department of Marine Affairs.
PhD, University of Maine, Communication (emphasis in Sustainability Science) // Dissertation: Intersections of Science, Policy, & Media in Sustainability Science: A Mixed Methods State Analysis
MS, Washington State University, Communication // Thesis: Organizations, Media, & Power in a Multi-Stakeholder Conflict: The Colorado Roadless Rule
BS, Southern Utah University, Public Relations (Magna Cum Laude)
Santo, A., Huber-Stearns, H., & Smith, H. (2022). Communicating with the public about wildland fire preparation, response, and recovery: A review of recent literature. Forthcoming in Applied Environmental Education and Communication
Jacobsen, M., Smith, H., Huber-Stearns, H., Davis, E. J., Cheng, T., & Deak, A. (2021). Comparing social constructions of wildfire risk across media, government, and participatory discourse in a Colorado fireshed. Journal of Risk Research
Smith, H., Bidwell, A., Moore, A., Smythe, T., & McCann, J. (2018). The social dynamics of turbine tourism: Introducing a mixed-methods approach to the study of the United States’ first offshore wind farm. Energy Research & Social Science
Willoughby, J. F., & Smith, H. (2016). Communication strategies and new media platforms: Exploring the synergistic potential of health and environmental communication. Science Communication
Smith, H., Suldovsky, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Mass communication research in sustainability science: Moving toward an engaged approach to address society’s sustainability dilemma. Mass Communication & Society
Smith, H., Suldovsky, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Science & policy: Scientific expertise and individual participation in boundary management. Journal of Applied Communication Research
McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Sustainability, boundaries, and communication: Addressing context, strategies, and the complexities of coproduction. Sustainability
Selected inivited contributions:
Smith, H. (2019). Foreword for Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Global Environmental Communication, eds: P. Prado & Juliet Pinto. Palgrave Press.
Smith, H., & McGreavy, B. (2018). Editorial: Science and environmental journalism: Trends, boundaries, and opportunities for a rapidly evolving industry. Frontiers in Communication.