• Deforestation And The Haze In Southeast Asia: Citizen Intervention Through Networked Communication
    • Abstract: In the context of environmental activism, we consider the extent to which citizens can intervene against corporate and government actors through networked communication on new media (Bennett 2010). Our case study focuses on the annual haze that occurs in South East Asia due to the lack of rigorous control on deforestation. While development narratives in the global south focus on economic ‘progress’, outcomes such as environmental preservation are given less prioritisation (Siam-Heng 2014). Despite the crisis of the haze outbreak in 2015, there is still a lack of meaningful action among citizens in holding responsible institutions to account. We will survey online campaigns about the haze and the effectiveness of information (e.g. data visualizations, network graphs, maps and infographics) that is used to raise awareness and advocate action. Further, we will interview stakeholders (e.g. farmers, environmental authorities, civil societies and community activist groups) and their experiences in using new media for public outreach. We will discuss the potential and limitations of networked communication for applying pressure to actors who are often ‘invisible’ to the public.
    • Researchers:
      • Dr Sandra Hanchard
      • Hazwany (Nany) Jamaluddin
    • Timeframe: September 2017 – present