Wendi Li


Media and Communication

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Wendi Li is a final-year PhD candidate at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She has been elected as the Student and Early Career Representative for Activism, Communication, and Social Justice (ACSJ) Interest Group within the International Communication Association (ICA) for the term 2023 to 2025.



Global crisis citizenship and deliberation: A comparative study of young generations' climate communication in Hong Kong and Melbourne

This thesis explores how climate-concerned young individuals in Hong Kong and Melbourne perceive, communicate about, and relate to climate change as a global crisis. Based on semi-structured interviews with these globalised young publics, I argue that their generation-specific crisis consciousness cultivated during their formative years drives them to respond to climate change accordingly. Their responses include self-identifying as global citizens in the context of the climate crisis and further deliberating and acting on the issue in everyday life. By conceptualising 'global crisis citizenship' and 'transplanetary dialogic deliberation' through a generational lens, I offer new perspectives on globalised public communication about climate change in crisis times.

Research interests

  • Global Public Communication
  • Climate Change Communication (esp. Youth Climate Activism)
  • Civic Agency
  • Social Constructionism
  • Methodological Cosmopolitanism
  • Qualitative Research