Ulrika Olausson

Professor Media and Communication Studies
Department of Languages and Communication , School of Education and Communication
Doctor of Philosophy

Research

Ulrika Olausson’s research deals with journalism and global environmental risks, climate change in particular. Her research is published in renowned international journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Environmental Communication, European Journal of Communication and Journalism Studies. Ulrika is also on the editorial boards of the journals Environmental Communication, and Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication.

Ulrika is the project leader of the project Nature meets Network Society: Citizens' Social Representations of Nature in Social Media, funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas. The project analyzes YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter in three nature-related contexts: renewable energy, hunting, and mining/fracking. Different representations of nature  among citizens (as remote, as threatened, as a threat etc.) imply different ways of communicating environmental issues. Ulrika’s previous research includes the project The Journalism-Politics-PR Interplay on Twitter: Hybridized, Cross-Professional Relations on the Web, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Digital media – not least Twitter – open up spaces for digital interaction between occupational groups that supposedly have different roles in society, for instance, journalists, politicians, and PR-consultants, whose interaction on Twitter the project studies.

 

Biography

Ulrika is Professor in Media and Communication Studies and was between 2013 and 2018 research leader of this department at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University. Ulrika got her PhD in Media and Communications in 2005 with the dissertation Citizenship and Globalization: The Discursive Construction of Political Identity. She was appointed Associate Professor in 2009, and full Professor in 2012 at Örebro University. As a senior researcher Ulrika has been involved in several research projects, and she is frequently engaged as a reviewer for international journals, funding institutes, and conferences. She has also several commissions outside academia, where her research on media and climate change has attracted attention.

Article

Lakew, Y., Olausson, U. (2019). Young, sceptical, and environmentally (dis)engaged: do news habits make a difference? JCOM - Journal of Science Communication, 18(04) Trieste: Sissa Medialab .
Olausson, U. (2018). “Stop Blaming the Cows!”: How Livestock Production is Legitimized in Everyday Discourse on Facebook Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 12(1), 28-43.
Mörner, C., Olausson, U. (2017). Hunting the Beast on YouTube: The framing of nature in social media Nordicom Review, 38(1), 17-29.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2014). Media and climate change: Four long-standing research challenges revisited Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8(2), 249-265.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2014). The post-political condition of climate change: an ideology approach Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 25(1), 54-71.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2014). Media Research on Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we heading? Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8(2), 139-141.
Uggla, Y., Olausson, U. (2013). The enrollment of nature in tourist information: framing urban nature as "€˜the other"€™ Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 7(1), 97-112.
Lidskog, R., Olausson, U. (2013). To spray or not to spray: the discursive construction of contested environmental issues in the news media Discourse, Context & Media, 2(3), 123-130.
Olausson, U. (2013). Theorizing global media as global discourse International Journal of Communication, 7, 1281-1297.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2013). "Klimatfrågans död till stor del mediernas fel" .
Olausson, U. (2011). "We’re the ones to blame": Citizens' representations of climate change and the role of the media Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 5(3), 281-299.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2011). Miljön, forskningen - och så medie- och kommunikationsforskningen Nordicom Information, 33(3), 83-86.
Olausson, U. (2010). Towards a European identity?: The news media and the case of climate change European Journal of Communication, 25(2), 138-152.
Berglez, P., Eriksson, G., Ekström, M., Moberg, U., Olausson, U. (2010). Pressen sviker sin roll Nerikes Allehanda.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2010). Stor risk att allt fler kommer att strunta i klimatfrågan Dagens Nyheter.
Olausson, U. (2009). Global Warming - Global Responsibility? Media Frames of Collective Action and Scientific Certainty Public Understanding of Science, 18(4), 421-436.

Book

Olausson, U. (2002). Vi kommer bara ihåg våldsamheterna: medborgare om Göteborgskravallerna och medierapporteringen. Stockholm: Styrelsen för psykologiskt försvar

Book chapter

Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2019). Global journalism. In: Tim P. Vos & Folker Hanusch (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of journalism studies Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
Berglez, P., Olausson, U., Ots, M. (2017). What is Sustainable Journalism?: An introduction. In: What Is Sustainable Journalism?: Integrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenges of Journalism (pp. 11 -26).
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2016). Media and Climate Change: Four Long-standing Research Challenges Revisited. In: Olausson, Ulrika & Berglez, Peter (Ed.), Media Research on Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we heading? (pp. 111 -127).
Olausson, U., Djerf-Pierre, M. (2015). Miljöjournalistik. In: Karlsson, Michael & Strömbäck, Jesper (Ed.), Handbok i journalistikforskning (pp. 243 -261).
Olausson, U. (2011). Explaining global media: a discourse approach. In: Piotr Pachura (Ed.), The systemic dimension of globalization (pp. 135 -148). Rijeka, Croatia: Intech Open Access Publisher
Olausson, U. (2010). The 'climate threat' and constructions of identity in Swedish news media. In: Stig-Arne Nohrstedt (Ed.), Communicating risks: towards the threat society (pp. 97 -114). Göteborg: Nordicom
Höijer, B., Olausson, U. (2010). The role of the media in the transformation of citizens' social representations of suffering. In: Mohamed Chaib, Berth Danermark, Staffan Selander (Ed.), Education, professionalization and social representations: on the transformation of social knowledge (pp. 200 -217). London: Routledge
Olausson, U. (2010). Klimatet i medierna: ett tillrättalagt drama?. In: Birgitta Johansson (Ed.), Sverige i nytt klimat: våtvarm utmaning (pp. 103 -116). Stockholm: Formas
Olausson, U., Uggla, Y. (2009). Offentlig kommunikation om klimatförändring. In: Ylva Uggla, Ingemar Elander (Ed.), Global uppvärmning och lokal politik (pp. 43 -62). Stockholm: Santérus Academic Press
Olausson, U. (2009). Identitet. In: Peter Berglez, Ulrika Olausson (Ed.), Mediesamhället: centrala begrepp (pp. 137 -155). Lund: Studentlitteratur
Berglez, P., Höijer, B., Olausson, U. (2009). Individualisation and nationalisation of the climate issue: two ideological horizons in Swedish news media. In: Tammy Boyce, Justin Lewis (Ed.), Climate change and the media (pp. 211 -223). New York: Peter Lang Publishing
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2008). Kritisk diskursanalys. In: Mats Ekström (Ed.), Mediernas språk (pp. 121 -138). Malmö: Liber
Olausson, U. (2007). The ideological horizons of citizenship: national media as discursive bridge. In: Ideological horizons in media and citizen discourses: theoretical and methodological approaches (pp. 51 -73). Göteborg: Nordicom
Olausson, U. (2003). "Sanningen har ju alltid två sidor": svenska medborgare om medierna och Kosovokonflikten. In: Norska och svenska medborgare om medierna och Kosovokonflikten (pp. 87 -198). Örebro: Örebro universitet
Olausson, U. (2000). Ungdomar i Göteborg berättar om branden. In: Larsåke Larsson, Stig Arne Nohrstedt (Ed.), Göteborgsbranden 1998: en studie om kommunikation, rykten och förtroende (pp. 121 -155). Stockholm: Styrelsen för psykologiskt försvar
Olausson, U. (1996). Bard eller brygga? De nationella medierna i globaliseringen. In: Mediernas vi och dom: mediernas betydelse för den strukturella diskrimineringen (pp. 309 -338). Stockholm: Fritzes

Collections

(2009). Mediesamhället: Centrala begrepp. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Conference paper

Ots, M., Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2019). Sustainable news media: Organizational reconciliation of economic, democratic, and environmental challenges in media firms. 6th RME Research Conference, 1-3 oct 2019 Jönköping.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2016). Towards a research agenda for sustainable journalism. Prague: Czech-In, The 6th European Communication Conference (ECREA).
Olausson, U., Mörner, C. (2013). Elk hunting on YouTube. Conference on Communication and Environment 2013.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2013). Towards a renewed Research Agenda for Media Studies on Climate Change. The 12th Biennal Conference on Communication and Environment, 6-10 June 2013, Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2013). Towards a renewed agenda for media research on climate change. Conference on Communication and Environment 2013.
Olausson, U., Georgii-Hemming, E. (2012). Mobile identities: adults’ use of music in digital media. International symposium on Mobile Communication: Mobile Internet, Locative Media, Mobility and Place.
Olausson, U., Lidskog, R. (2012). To spray or not to spray: A comparative study of human-nature clashes in the news media. The 4th European Communication Conference.
Olausson, U., Berglez, P. (2012). Towards a renewed research agenda for media research on climate change. International symposium on the future of media research on climate change.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2010). The 'climate threat' as ideology: interrelations between citizen and media discourses. Communicating Climate Change II - Global Goes Regional, 11-12 October, 2010, University of Hamburg, Germany.
Olausson, U. (2009). Threat conceptions of climate change and constructions of political identity. 19th Nordic Conference on Media and Communication Studies, 13-15 August, 2009, Karlstad, Sweden.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2008). Individualization and nationalization of the climate issue: two ideological horizons in Swedish news media. Second European Communication ECREA Conference, Barcelona 25-28 November, 2008. (Science & Environment Communication Section).
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2007). Intentional and unintentional transnationalism: two political identities repressed by national media. Communicating Climate Change: Discourses, Mediations and Perceptions, University of Minho, Portugal, November 19-20, 2007.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2007). The structural repression of the transnational: social representations of the nation-state in the news media. Symposium on Cosmopolitanism and the Media, Försvarshögskolan (Defence College), Stockholm, Sweden, April 12-13, 2007.
Berglez, P., Olausson, U. (2007). Social representations of climate change in the media and among citizens. Communicating Climate Change: Discourses, Mediations and Perceptions, University of Minho, Portugal, November 19-20, 2007.
Olausson, U., Höijer, B. (2006). The role of the media in the transformation of citizens' social representations of suffering. VIII International Conference on Social Representations, Media & Society.

Doctoral thesis

Olausson, U. (2005). Medborgarskap och globalisering: den diskursiva konstruktionen av politisk identitet (Doctoral thesis, Örebro: Örebro universitetsförlag).