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Saffron O'Neill

University of Exeter

Based in

United Kingdom

Saffron O’Neill is Professor in Climate and Society in the Geography department at Exeter University, UK. Her research focuses on climate change communication and public engagement, with a specialism in visual climate communication. She supervises an interdisciplinary group of PhD students working on climate communication.

Prof. O’Neill is Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Communication and Data Science (C3DS) and also Co-Director of the Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science (ACCESS) network. She currently holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship titled ‘The Visual Life of Climate Change’.



Country(ies) of Specialty

United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Communications research Social Media

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O’Neill, S., Pidcock, R. (Eds.) (2021) “Topical Collection: ‘Climate change communication and the IPCC’.” Climatic Change. ISSN: 1573-1480.

Hayes, S., O’Neill, S. (2021) “The Greta Effect: Visualising climate protest in UK media and the Getty Images collections.” Global Environmental Change, 71, 102392 .

O’Neill, S. (2020) “More than meets the eye: A longitudinal analysis of climate change imagery in the print media.” Climatic Change, 163, 9-26,

Treen, K.M, Williams, H.T.P, O’Neill, S. (2020) “Online misinformation about climate change.” WIREs: Climate Change, 11:e665.

Lee, K., Gjersoe, N., O’Neill, S., Barnett, J. (2020) “Youth perceptions of climate change: a narrative synthesis.” WIREs: Climate Change 11:e641.

Schäfer, M. and O’Neill, S. (2017) “Frame analysis in climate change communication.” The Oxford Encylopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford Research Encyclopedia (Climate Science), Oxford University Press.

O’Neill, S. and Graham, S. (2016) “(En)visioning place-based adaptation to sea-level rise.” Geo: Geography and Environment e00028.

O’Neill, S., Williams, H.T.P, Kurz, T., Wiersma, B. and Boykoff, M. (2015) “Dominant frames in legacy and social media coverage of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.” Nature Climate Change 5, 380–385.

O’Neill, S. and Smith, N. (2014) “Climate change and visual imagery.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 5, 73-87.

O’Neill, S. (2013) “Image matters: Climate change imagery in US, UK and Australian newspapers.” Geoforum 49, 10-19.

O’Neill, S., Boykoff, M., Day, S. and Niemeyer, S. (2013) “On the use of imagery for climate change engagement.” Global Environmental Change 23, 413–421.

O’Neill, S.J., Handmer, J. (2012) “Responding to bushfire risk: the need for transformative adaptation.” Environmental Research Letters 7, 014018.

Barnett, J., O’Neill, S. (2012). “Islands, resettlement and adaptation.” Nature Climate Change 2, 8-10.

Whitmarsh, L., O’Neill, S., Lorenzoni, I. (eds.) (2011) “Engaging the public with climate change: Communication and behaviour change.” London: Earthscan: 289p.

Barnett, J., O’Neill, S. (2010) “Maladaptation.” Global Environmental Change 20, 211-213.

O’Neill, S., Hulme, M. (2009) “An iconic approach for representing climate change.” Global Environmental Change 19, 402-410.

O’Neill, S., Nicholson-Cole, S. (2009) “Fear won’t do it: promoting positive engagement with climate change through imagery and icons.” Science Communication 30, 355-379.