Getting to know … Dr David Holmes

Dr David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media

Dr. David Holmes

Title: Senior Lecturer

Faculty/Division:  Faculty of Arts

Department: Communications and Media

Campus: Caulfield



How long have you worked at Monash?

15 years

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

University of New South Wales

What do you like best about your role?

The opportunity to discuss my research into climate change communication at conferences and of course with students

Why did you choose your current career path?

I have always taught sociology of communications, which was my first area of study at University.

First job?

Builder’s Labourer

Worst job?

Moving billiard tables.

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?

I am currently Director of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub which is working on numerous projects to improve climate change communication in Australia. The main one is to partner with TV weather presenters to present climate information. We also analyse newspaper reports of extreme weather in terms of how they report climate, as well as a project to ‘sonify climate change’, to turn cyclones and east coast lows into soundtracks that represents the increasing power of these storms and makes them accessible to the public imagination.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

It is a close call between Mt Feathertop in the Victorian Alps and the Bosphorous in Istanbul. Feathertop is such a beautiful mountain to walk, especially along The Razorback. I am very envious of a friend who managed to sleep alone on the very summit one summer night in a bivvy bag, with full stars and no wind. Not many nights in the year you can do that on Feathertop! Cruising the Bosphorous is to be at the meeting place of so many of the world’s civilisations. Historically speaking, most of the world seems to have passed through this place, which symbolically divides Europe and Asia.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

Iroha Japanese restaurant in Northcote. The food is so healthy and delicious… qualities which usually do not coincide.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Follow your heart in doing what you are most interested in. If you really are passionate about it you will be good at, whatever it is.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I am skilled at woodwork and make my own furniture.

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