Dr Catherine Happer

  • Lecturer (Sociology)

Research interests

Dr Catherine Happer is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. She is a sociologist with special interest in the way in which the media shapes public understanding and belief across various audience groups. She previously worked as an Audience Researcher and later Factual programme-maker at the BBC.    

Catherine graduated with a First in Sociology from the University of Glasgow, winning the Adam Smith Prize and then a teaching scholarship within the Sociology Department at Lancaster University to study towards a PhD. In 2011, she returned to Glasgow University. Her research interests include the media and social change and audience reception with specific focus on media accounts of climate change and energy sustainability.  She is published in international journals and is co-author of Communicating Climate Change and Energy Security: New Methods in Understanding Audiences (Routledge).

In 2011, she collaborated with Chatham House on a major study funded by the UKERC which looked at public attitudes and behaviours in response to climate change communications. In 2013, she was awarded a grant by the TSB/Future Cites board to undertake research which looked at the role of social media in decision-making about energy efficiency behaviours. In 2014, she worked again with Chatham House on an Avatar Alliance Foundation funded international project investigating the potential role of the public in reducing GHG emissions through dietary choices, and how the media might foster this change.  

Catherine has given evidence at the House of Commons Select Committee on Climate, Policy and Public Understanding, presented to the Scottish Government and at national and international conferences and appeared on the BBC and Al Jazeera.  She has written for a number of blogs including a number of articles in The Conversation, Bella Caledonia and Open Democracy.  In 2015, Catherine launched a new Masters in Media, Communications and International Journalism.  


Grants

Co-Investigator: Avatar Alliance Foundation International Research
Public Understanding and Behaviour, and the Impact of Diet for Climate Change and Food Security Policies: Case studies in Brazil, China, UK and US (£155,289.56). Principal Investigator: Professor Greg Philo.  August 2014.  

Co- Investigator: TSB/Future City, Glasgow City Council
Public attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and the role of social media in relation to energy efficiency (£90,975.80).  Principal Investigator: Professor Greg Philo.  October 2013.

Principal Investigator: Knowledge Exchange Fund, University of Glasgow
Public engagment with energy efficiency: extending the Future City work (£21,044.77).  November 2013.

Named Researcher/co-bid-writer: British Academy Small Research Grants
Probation, media representations and public understanding of justice (£9,859.68).  Principal Investigator: Professor Fergus McNeill, Co-Investigator: Professor Greg Philo.  March 2013.


Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects in any of the following areas:

  • Climate change/environmental communications
  • Audience reception theory
  • Media and social change
  • New media and public opinion

I am currently supervising doctoral projects in these areas:

  • Western media framing of events in Venezuela 
  • The role of communications in reforming social attitudes towards former prisoners 
  • Cyber commemorations and public support for warfare
  • Government policy, media coverage and public understanding of climate change in China

Publications

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2019

Happer, C. and Wellesley, L. (2019) Meat consumption, behaviour and the media environment: a focus group analysis across four countries. Food Security, (Accepted for Publication)

Alkharashi, A., Storer, T., Jose, J. , Hoskins, A. and Happer, C. (2019) Understanding Abusive Behaviour Between Online and Offline Group Discussions. In: CHI 2019: 37th Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, 4-9 May 2019, CS15. ISBN 9781450359719 (doi:10.1145/3290607.3299042) (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Happer, C., Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (Eds.) (2018) Trump's Media War. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783319940687

Happer, C. , Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (2018) Weaponizing reality: an introduction to Trump's war on the media. In: Happer, C., Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (eds.) Trump's Media War. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 3-22. ISBN 9783319390687 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94069-4_1)

Happer, C. (2018) Financialisation, media and social change. In: Bayliss, K., Fine, B. and Robertson, M. (eds.) Material Cultures of Financialisation. Routledge. ISBN 9781138549777 (Accepted for Publication)

Happer, C. , McGuinness, P., McNeill, F. and Tiripelli, G. (2018) Punishment, legitimacy and taste: The role and limits of mainstream and social media in constructing attitudes towards community sanctions. Crime, Media, Culture, (doi:10.1177/1741659018773848) (Early Online Publication)

Happer, C. (2018) The mainstream media in a ‘post-truth’ world. Sociology Review, (Accepted for Publication)

2017

Happer, C. (2017) Media, crime and punishment in the digital age. Sociology Review, 26(3), pp. 26-29.

Happer, C. (2017) Belief in change: the role of media and communications in driving action on climate change. In: Elliott, A., Cullis, J. and Damodaran, V. (eds.) Climate Change and the Humanities: Historical, Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Contemporary Environmental Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 177-197. ISBN 9781137551238 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55124-5_9)

Happer, C. (2017) Financialisation, media and social change. New Political Economy, 22(4), pp. 437-449. (doi:10.1080/13563467.2017.1259301)

2016

Happer, C. (2016) Models of media analysis: a climate-change study. Sociology Review, 25(4), pp. 2-5.

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2016) New approaches to understanding the role of the news media in the formation of public attitudes and behaviours on climate change. European Journal of Communication, 31(2), pp. 136-151. (doi:10.1177/0267323115612213)

2015

Wellesley, L., Happer, C. , Froggatt, A. and Philo, G. (2015) Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption. Project Report. Chatham House, London.

Philo, G., Miller, D. and Happer, C. (2015) Circuits of communication and structures of power: the sociology of the mass media. In: Holborn, M. (ed.) Contemporary Sociology. Polity Press. ISBN 9780745661827

Wellesley, L., Happer, C. and Froggatt, A. (2015) Chatham House Report: Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption. Project Report. Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London.

2014

Happer, C. (2014) Who benefits from media coverage of climate change? Not the audience. Conversation,

2013

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2013) The role of the media in the construction of public belief and social change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1(1), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.5964/jspp.v1i1.96)

Philo, G. and Happer, C. (2013) Communicating Climate Change and Energy Security: New Methods in Understanding Audiences. Series: Routledge new developments in communication and society. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415835091

Happer, C. (2013) Financialisation, Media and Social Change. Working Paper. FESSUD: Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development, Leeds.

Philo, G. and Happer, C. (2013) Science and Technology Committee: Joint Written Evidence [Communicating Climate Science]. Other. House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, London.

2012

Happer, C. , Philo, G. and Froggatt, A. (2012) Climate Change and Energy Security: Assessing the Impact of Information and its Delivery on Attitudes and Behaviour. Project Report. UKERC: UK Energy Research Centre, London.

2007

Hill, M., Graham, C. , Caulfield, C., Ross, N. and Shelton, A. (2007) Inter-ethnic relations among children at school: the perspectives of young people in Scotland. European Journal of Education, 42(2), pp. 267-279. (doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2007.00300.x)

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Happer, C. and Wellesley, L. (2019) Meat consumption, behaviour and the media environment: a focus group analysis across four countries. Food Security, (Accepted for Publication)

Happer, C. , McGuinness, P., McNeill, F. and Tiripelli, G. (2018) Punishment, legitimacy and taste: The role and limits of mainstream and social media in constructing attitudes towards community sanctions. Crime, Media, Culture, (doi:10.1177/1741659018773848) (Early Online Publication)

Happer, C. (2018) The mainstream media in a ‘post-truth’ world. Sociology Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Happer, C. (2017) Media, crime and punishment in the digital age. Sociology Review, 26(3), pp. 26-29.

Happer, C. (2017) Financialisation, media and social change. New Political Economy, 22(4), pp. 437-449. (doi:10.1080/13563467.2017.1259301)

Happer, C. (2016) Models of media analysis: a climate-change study. Sociology Review, 25(4), pp. 2-5.

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2016) New approaches to understanding the role of the news media in the formation of public attitudes and behaviours on climate change. European Journal of Communication, 31(2), pp. 136-151. (doi:10.1177/0267323115612213)

Happer, C. (2014) Who benefits from media coverage of climate change? Not the audience. Conversation,

Happer, C. and Philo, G. (2013) The role of the media in the construction of public belief and social change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1(1), pp. 321-336. (doi:10.5964/jspp.v1i1.96)

Hill, M., Graham, C. , Caulfield, C., Ross, N. and Shelton, A. (2007) Inter-ethnic relations among children at school: the perspectives of young people in Scotland. European Journal of Education, 42(2), pp. 267-279. (doi:10.1111/j.1465-3435.2007.00300.x)

Books

Philo, G. and Happer, C. (2013) Communicating Climate Change and Energy Security: New Methods in Understanding Audiences. Series: Routledge new developments in communication and society. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415835091

Book Sections

Happer, C. , Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (2018) Weaponizing reality: an introduction to Trump's war on the media. In: Happer, C., Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (eds.) Trump's Media War. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 3-22. ISBN 9783319390687 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94069-4_1)

Happer, C. (2018) Financialisation, media and social change. In: Bayliss, K., Fine, B. and Robertson, M. (eds.) Material Cultures of Financialisation. Routledge. ISBN 9781138549777 (Accepted for Publication)

Happer, C. (2017) Belief in change: the role of media and communications in driving action on climate change. In: Elliott, A., Cullis, J. and Damodaran, V. (eds.) Climate Change and the Humanities: Historical, Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Contemporary Environmental Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 177-197. ISBN 9781137551238 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55124-5_9)

Philo, G., Miller, D. and Happer, C. (2015) Circuits of communication and structures of power: the sociology of the mass media. In: Holborn, M. (ed.) Contemporary Sociology. Polity Press. ISBN 9780745661827

Edited Books

Happer, C., Hoskins, A. and Merrin, W. (Eds.) (2018) Trump's Media War. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783319940687

Research Reports or Papers

Wellesley, L., Happer, C. , Froggatt, A. and Philo, G. (2015) Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption. Project Report. Chatham House, London.

Wellesley, L., Happer, C. and Froggatt, A. (2015) Chatham House Report: Changing Climate, Changing Diets: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption. Project Report. Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London.

Happer, C. (2013) Financialisation, Media and Social Change. Working Paper. FESSUD: Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development, Leeds.

Philo, G. and Happer, C. (2013) Science and Technology Committee: Joint Written Evidence [Communicating Climate Science]. Other. House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, London.

Happer, C. , Philo, G. and Froggatt, A. (2012) Climate Change and Energy Security: Assessing the Impact of Information and its Delivery on Attitudes and Behaviour. Project Report. UKERC: UK Energy Research Centre, London.

Conference Proceedings

Alkharashi, A., Storer, T., Jose, J. , Hoskins, A. and Happer, C. (2019) Understanding Abusive Behaviour Between Online and Offline Group Discussions. In: CHI 2019: 37th Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, 4-9 May 2019, CS15. ISBN 9781450359719 (doi:10.1145/3290607.3299042) (Accepted for Publication)

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