The power of pictures to change global politics

7 July 2021

The image of the lifeless body of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed ashore on a beach in Turkey in 2015, caused worldwide outrage and changed humanitarian policy across Europe.

The power of such images to change the world is the focus of a collaborative University of Queensland-led study that has been awarded $694,000 in federal funding from the Australian Research Council.

Professor Roland Bleiker from UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies will lead eight scholars from three universities and four industry partners examining how compelling images can transform the delivery of international aid.

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