Boyd, Dr. Amanda


Name: Dr. Amanda Boyd
Position: Current collaborator (Assistant Professor, Washington State University); Former Post-Doctoral Fellow (Trent University)
Research Projects: Various projects related to environmental-health risk communication in Indigenous communities
Academic background: PhD In Communication Studies and Energy and Environmental Systems (University of Calgary); MSc in Rural and Environmental Sociology (University of Alberta); BA of Management Studies (University of Lethbridge)
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About the researcher:  

I am an Assistant Professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.  My research and teaching focuses on environmental and health risk communication.  My work is interdisciplinary and integrates a number of theoretical and practical approaches.  These include a primary grounding in communication studies and influences from rural and environmental sociology, social shaping of technology and psychology.

Prior to working at Washington State University, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Health, Environment, and Indigenous Communities Research Group.  I continue to work with this group to better understand perceptions of contaminants and country foods, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of risk communication messages.  Much of my research interests stem from my upbringing in Northern Alberta.  My time on the family farm has encouraged me to better understand peoples’ attachment to their place and communication in rural spaces. My Dane-zaa Metis background informs my research on Indigenous health and traditional activities.

My other research has focused on understanding how to better engage communities and the general public on energy and environment issues. More specifically, I examine how rural communities perceive proposed or current energy systems in their region.  Other case studies have included: SARS, H1N1, and Mad Cow Disease.  My work can be found in journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Risk Research, Energy Policy, International Journal for Greenhouse Gas Control, among others.

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