Senior Lecturer in Political Science: Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Maxine is a lecturer in political science and journalism in the College of Art, Society and Education. Her research centres on environmental governance, politics and protest movements in the media. She is currently researching media, representation and governance around the Great Barrier Reef, individually and with collegaues at CSIRO. Maxine is an active researcher in social media, space and journalistic practice, and looks at social media within media discourses and its increasing influence on political and environmental communication models. This research had led to consultation work for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.Her monograph , (2016) ‘Environmental Activism and the Media: the Politics of Protest’ (Peter Lang Publishers, NY). explores a variety of environmental moments from single issue (road building) to wider global movements, (such as fracking and summit hopping), historical media reporting of eco-activism and processes between social movements, the media and political mobilisations within environmental governance.

Maxine is the Principle Investigator in a research project ' Townsvile Turns 150: the Old and the News', at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. The project is examining regional journalism's role in rural communities.

The recipient of the 2014 JCU TropEco Excellence Award for Outstanding contribution to sustainability at JCU and in the Wider Community, Maxine was also Highly commended with the 2014 TropEco Learning and Teaching Award, embedding sustainability in teaching and learning activities and the 2014 Research Award (Highly Commended) for outstanding research activities that contributes to a more sustainable society and environment. Maxine is also 2014 - Winner: Division of Tropical Environment & Societies Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition ECR category.

A former BBC and commercial radio journalists in the UK, Maxine now publishes as an environmental journalists. Her online journalism appears in the Ecologist magazine, TheConversation, The Age and Canberra Times. Maxine is a member of the Journalism Education Association of Australia, and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


  • –present
    Researcher and lecturer in journalism and environmental politics, James Cook University


  • 2013 
    University of East London, Ph.D
  • 2009 
    University of Surrey, MA