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Claire Robinson has been Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) since January 2012. Previous academic leadership roles include: CoCA Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Operations) 2009-2011 and Head, Institute of Communication Design (2005 – 2008). In 2009 Claire was the Director of Public Diplomacy and Outreach in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Claire's research interest is focused on the visual communication of political messages. She has developed original models whereby the process, role and impact of meaning-exchange through visual imagery is better understood, particularly in the context of political leadership, market-orientation and election campaigning. Her research has been disseminated through designs, international peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and international conferences.
Claire is a frequent media commentator on New Zealand politics. She is a regular panel member on TV One's current affairs programme Q + A. Claire was a finalist in the Education category of the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards in 2017, and has twice been a finalist in the Arts and Culture category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards. Claire tweets as @spinprofessor.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Colllege of Creative Arts and Professor of Communication Design
Visual Communication Design
21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture
Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Communication and Media Studies (200100): Consumption and Everyday Life (200203): Cultural Studies (200200):
Design History and Theory (120301): Design Practice and Management (120300): Digital and Interaction Design (120304):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Screen and Media Culture (200212):
Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) (120307)