Dr Marina Joubert is a science communication researcher and lecturer at the South African Research Chair in Science Communication at CREST.
Following a career in science communication practice, she joined Stellenbosch University in 2015. Since then (up to May 2021), she has completed a PhD, authored or co-authored 15 peer-reviewed research articles, three book chapters, seven essays and 14 popular articles related to science communication. In addition to her teaching and supervision duties, she presents an annual 6-week online course in science communication that has been successfully completed by more than 300 students.
Her research interests include the evolving roles of scientists as public communicators, science communication via novel online channels, the communication of contested topics and science controversies, and building an evidence base for effective science communication training and practice.
She is a member of the scientific committee of the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Network, as well as the editorial boards of ‘JCOM’ (Journal of Science Communication) and a book series on ‘Contemporary Issues in Science Communication’ (Bristol University Press). She is also a member of the advisory boards of the journals ‘Science Communication’ and ‘Public Understanding of Science’ and serves on the advisory board of the Centre for Evidence-based Healthcare, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, as well as ‘Quest’, a popular science magazine produced by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
Her current research interests focus on media representations of the novel coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as scientists that became highly visible during the pandemic. She also collaborates on a research project exploring ‘The Conversation Africa’ as an online platform for science engagement, as well as the trends in science journalism in South Africa.
A few key research articles include:
- A book chapter on the history of science communication in South Africa (2020).
- An article about how the novel coronavirus was portrayed in editorial cartoons in South African newspapers during the Covid-19 pandemic (2019).
- A commentary about how and why Prof Salim Abdool Karim became a media star during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020).
- An article about the country-specific factors that motivate or deter scientists in terms of public engagement (2018).