BA Lib Stud (Psych; English) 1987, Grad Cert (Org Comm) 1992, MA Communication (Organisational) 1995, Doctor of Communication 2009, Grad Cert University Leadership 2013
I am an Associate Professor of Communication and a CSU Research Fellow.
I am drawn to conducting research that contributes to better public policy decisions and more effective communication about policy. I use multiple approaches to understanding the perspectives of users, citizens, communities and stakeholders. In recent years I have led several projects that provided politicians and government departments with clear insights into community thinking about different approaches to managing wildlife, especially sharks. Attitudes are often influenced by context and our team is increasingly using methods that help policymakers account for context.
I teach in organisational communication and research methods and supervise a number of Communication Masters and Doctoral studies.
Before joining CSU I specialised in organisational communication and strategic change management across many private and public sector roles, including advertising, media and government relations, strategic planning and management, and public information campaigns.
I have a longstanding interest in communicating for cooperation, and researched extensively with sport referees: See the 4 min video: "What players want in a football referee" on YouTube.
Peter’s subject specialties include organisational and employee communication, research methods, stakeholder engagement and public relations.
He has led teaching teams delivering in-house training to strategic communication staff in some of Australia's leading organisations including the Australian Defence Forces, Australian Tax Office, Australian Mutual Provident and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
I encourage inquiries from students interested in studying topics related to:
- use and analysis of social media for policy and decision making
- communicating the future
- communicating to increase participation in cycling in regional towns and cities
- public communication campaigns
- fairness in communication
- human coexistence conflicts (with humans and non-humans)
- local government communication
- mediatisation and organisational communication.
Peter’s recent supervision includes:
A model for using social media to inform policy and communication: The case of human-shark interactions. Cofunded by FoAE, FoBJBS, ILWS and Department of Primary Industries
Two necessary conditions of CSR: A case study of Bangladeshi corporations to determine the extent they listening with the intention to help their stakeholders
Transactional analysis and internal organisational communication
Mediatisation and professional sport communication
Professionalism in paramedicine: What is it and how is it taught?
Mediatisation and local government communication
Facebook communication and real world engagement
MA High Distinction
Change communication consultant practices in the public sector
An exploration of front line supervisor support for relationship building and effective communication with volunteers in an Australia not for profit organisation
Reconceptualising skilled communication in sport officiating
Exploring the value of Facebook to the Maningrida Art and Culture.
Web 2.0 technology and public sector PR in South Australia: Exploring the extent to which local government communicators use social media for dialogue
Recruitment and retention of Gen Y communicators in government
A study of Suddenlies and the Logical Jolt: Theatrical techniques that engaged child audiences in performances in Thailand
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Peter's research grants include:
Peer Reviewed Papers
Peer-reviewed Paper Presentations
Other Publications and Reports
Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
International Association of Media and Communication Researchers (IAMCR)
International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)