Hollie Smith

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  • Title: Assistant Professor of Science and Environmental Communication
  • Phone: 541-346-0150
  • Office: 110B Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: SOJC
  • Interests: Science journalism, natural hazards communication, environmental communication


Dr. Smith is an applied social science researcher interested in communication dimensions of science and environmental issues. Her work has looked at communication and media dynamics on issues of wildfire, federal 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, wildfires, and earthquakes. She has served as an Associate Editor for Environmental Communciation 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 & Sustainability // 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, Communication (Magna Cum Laude)



Selected works:

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. Forthcoming in 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, 45, 307-317.

Willoughby, J. F., & Smith, H. (2016). Communication strategies and new media platforms: Exploring the synergistic potential of health and environmental communication. Science Communication, 1-10                                   

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, 19(5), 548-565.                                

Smith, H., Suldovsky, B., & Lindenfeld, L. (2016). Science & policy: Scientific expertise and individual participation in boundary management. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44(1), 78-95.                                                                   

Meyer, S., Levesque, V., Johnson, M., McGreavy, B., Dreyer, S., Bieluch, K., & Smith, H. (2015). Sustainability science graduate students as boundary spanners. Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(2), 344-353.                                                                                       

Smith, H., & Norton, T. (2014). That’s why I call it a task farce: Organizations in participatory processes. Environmental Communication, 7(4), 456-474.

Lindenfeld, L., Smith, H., Norton, T., & Grecu, N. (2014). Risk communication & sustainability science: Lessons from the field. Sustainability Science, 9, 119-127.    

McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., & Silka, L. (2013). Sustainability, boundaries, and communication: Addressing context, strategies, and the complexities of coproduction. Sustainability, 5(10), 4195-4221.               

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.

Research Interests

Natural Hazards Communication, Climate Change, Environmental Communication, Science Journalism, Science Communication