Bio (Tamara Plush)
Dr. Tamara Plush is enthusiastic about enhancing citizen rights through communication for development and social change processes as a researcher, lecturer and consultant. During the past decade, her work and study has galvanized her passion for effective climate change communication, socially-just disaster recovery and risk reduction, advocacy-driven youth and community engagement and the value of community-driven visual storytelling as an effective process for political and social change. Her research interests include participatory media, the politics of listening, citizen engagement, culture and identity, human rights and social and ecological justice.
Plush is currently a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow with Royal Roads University's ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab as part of the “Youth Voices Rising: Recovery and Resilience in Wood Buffalo” project funded by the Canadian Red Cross. Her research builds on a decade of experience with UNICEF, CARE, ActionAid, ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, Sonke Gender Justice, World Vision and the Institute of Development Studies. She has worked in Cambodia, Canada, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania and Vietnam and has more than 10 years’ experience as a video and multimedia producer, writer and director in Seattle.
Plush earned her PhD from the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland (2016), where she received the UQ Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses Dean’s Award. She holds a Master of Arts in Participation, Power and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University where she graduated with distinction (2009) and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.