Maxine Newlands (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and environmental communication at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Her recent research includes working on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) mapping the Australian and International regulatory and reef restoration and governance. Maxine has also conducted a study assessing the sentiment analysis around the Great Barrier Reef through social media, reef restoration and governance and the state of Australia’s environmental and climate change politics. Maxine’s research includes working with colleagues from CSIRO, AIMS, UQ and QUT. Maxine is the author of Environmental Activism and the Media: the Politics of Protest (Peter Lang, NY), a regular contributor to the Ecologist journal, and media commentator on environmentalism, climate change, politics and the media.