Dr Nik Norma Nik Hasan is an Adjunct Fellow at the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and a senior lecturer at the School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her 11-year practice-led research expertise is in risk communication and environmental journalism. Most of her research work centered around risk perceptions, media representation and public discourses on science/environmental/health risks and issues.
Her international academic networking includes as a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Luneburg, Hamburg, Germany. Elected in 2018, she is currently serving as the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) until the term ends in 2021.
In January 2020, she was appointed as a consultant by the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) for the 2020 Series of Workshops on Effective Reporting on Climate Change Adaption in Southeast Asia Region. This one-year consultation work is a collaboration effort between MPI and the United State Embassy, Kuala Lumpur.
At UNU-IIGH, Nik is researching on public risk perceptions of COVID-19 via social media and how it impacts public trust towards national health services. The findings of this research are aimed to identify appropriate responses to enhancing risk communication strategies for the post COVID-19 as well as policy formulation on matters related to the well-being of Malaysians.
Nik earned her PhD degree in Environmental Journalism from the School of Political Science and Journalism, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and received her MA degree in Science and Environmental Journalism from the School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia.