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Expertise includes functional adult literacy and orality and lifelong learning.
Disaster risk and science communication is the communication of science advice for individual and organisational decision-making during natural hazard events. Our projects include the communication of probability forecasts, communication of uncertain science advice, the use of hypothetical scenarios to explore effective communication, and the public response to aftershock information.
We have research expertise in communication about the environment, including climate change communication and political ecology. This includes animal-human relations, the material impacts of media technologies, perception research and developing tools for behaviour change.
We research the influence of the health reforms on practice, the provision of services and the multicultural nature of workplaces in the health sector. Research focuses on the communication practice of health professionals within public health organisations and on those the system is designed to serve. We also have expertise in culturally-based participatory strategies of radical democracy, specifically to address unequal health policies and health communication amongst the disadvantaged.
Research includes class instruction and its effect on communication apprehension, self-perceived communication competence, and willingness to communicate motivation to achieve in school. International education and communication, teaching English to speakers of other languages.
We research communication across different cultures and social groups and explore how culture influences communication. Researchers in this area are interested in studying the plethora of ways in which culture relates to our communicative experiences. We are working on examinations of immigration and cultural adaptation, intercultural competence, language, facework, and cross-cultural comparisons of communicative behaviours and phenomena.
Research expertise includes media representations of minorities and social class, rural and public service broadcasting and media sociology, as well as stakeholder communications for these groups.
We also have expertise in creating communication mechanisms for communities at the global margins, such as those living in poverty. We are using project advocacy and activist interventions to build communicative infrastructures for the voices of the margins.
Massey’s expertise is in effective crisis communication and reputation management. We have specific expertise in crisis handling and how terror groups use PR techniques to position their causes.
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Professor Mohan Dutta worked on a culturally-centered health communication project on heart disease among African American communities in the Lake and Marion counties of Indiana. This community-grounded project interrogated the unhealthy structures that constrain the health and wellbeing of African American neighbourhoods in the US. It became the basis for multiple organic projects rooted in the aspirations in the community for health and wellbeing.
This research, led by Professor Shiv Ganesh, looks at how technology has impacted on collective action. By examining data from a decision-making app used by activist groups, the research is working to uncover any differences in group footprints. Some of the initial results indicate that technology is creating hybridised forms of collective action and supporting existing forms rather than new ones.
What is the relationship between public relations and lobbying? When do PR lobbying efforts succeed, and when do they fail? This project helps us understand the role of lobbying as a controversial feature of corporate and political advocacy in the marketplace of ideas. A joint project between Massey University's Dr Luk Swiatek and Dr Mitchell Hobbs from the University of Sydney, it examines the campaign by big tobacco to defeat plain-packaging legislation, and the Australian mining lobby’s victories over taxation reform and climate change policies. The research appears as a chapter in the second edition of the book 'Influence Seekers'.
Professor Stephen Croucher has been recognised in the publication 'Communication Education', as being ranked in the top one per cent of communications scholars for research productivity. Professor Croucher was the 17th most productive communication researcher, and the only researcher based outside the United States and Europe to make the list.'Communication Education' quarterly journal
Communication scholar in top 1%
In 2018 Dr Flora Hung-Baesecke was invited to join the editorial board of Public Relations Review, the oldest public relations journal and an A journal on the ABDC and SSCI journal lists.Public Relations Review
Editorial board appointment
Professor Dutta’s expertise is in health communication in relation to indigenous health, health and migration, and poverty. He has received over $4 million in funding to work on culture-centered projects of health communication, social change, and health advocacy.
CARE collaborates with communities at the margins (indigenous collectives, migrant and refugee workers, communities living in poverty, sex workers) in the Asia-Pacific to develop communication for social justice that builds infrastructures for community health and wellbeing based on local cultural understandings. In projects that bring together communities, activists, and academics, we use participatory and culture-centered methodologies to create communication infrastructures that enable the development of community-driven solutions to health.