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Lecturer, UNSW Sydney

Dr Rebecca Green (Becky) is a graphic designer, illustrator and academic. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Becky has taught design since 2008, and has a keen desire to make a substantial contribution to the supportive education of new generations of designers and thinkers. Over 20 years of practice Becky has worked in museum design, as art director at a record label, in multimedia for education and in general design studios before forming her own sustainable design practice.

Becky’s research focuses on the contributions of graphic design to sustainability. Current research focuses on how graphic designers use visual language to communicate complex issues such as climate change. There is a lot of theory surrounding messages and content strategies for climate change communication, but not much about how these elements are translated by designers using aesthetic style. With the rapid advancement of digital media technology, which has led to an even more image-based style of communication, the role of the graphic designer is escalating. As well as its importance to the field of graphic design, this type of research is critical for the fields of science, science communication, and social science.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer (0.5), University of Queensland (UQ)
  • 2015–2017
    Associate lecturer (0.5), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • 2010–2014
    Casual Lecturer, Griffith University at Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • 2016 
    Queensland University of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 2007 
    Griffith University (Queensland College of Art), Master of Design (MDes)
  • 1996 
    Canberra Institute of Technology, Diploma of Art & Design


  • 2018
    How aesthetic style can influence reception of visual communications of climate change, Handbook of Climate Change Communication

Grants and Contracts

  • 2007
    Sustainable Graphic Design in Brisbane
    Lead researcher/designer
    Funding Source:
    Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)

Research Areas

  • Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design) (120307)