Dr Judy Burnside-Lawry



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Work Unit

Media and Communication

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+61 3 9925 3128



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Room: 32

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Design & Social Context


Judy lawry

Key activities

Judy is Program Director for the Masters of Communication in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

In 2013, Judy is based at the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, as a Visiting Fellow, where she will conduct the following EU research projects within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies:

  1. The quality of citizen participation in building disaster resilience - a study of French and Italian cities participating in UNISDR’s ‘My City is Getting Ready’ campaign. The study analyses two EU cities’ engagement with citizens and the participatory strategic planning processes for building societal resilience to disasters.
  2. The quality of democratic participation in development of sustainable projects: a comparative study of citizen consultation by French and Italian railways. The study compares the social, political and communicative policies and practice for public debate and citizen engagement in France and Italy during development of new high-speed rail links.


2010: Doctor of Philosophy (Communication Studies) RMIT University, AUS

2004: Master Business Administration, Griffith University, AUS

2001: Bachelor of Education, QUT, AUS

1996: Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, QUT, AUS

1995: Dip Arts, Griffith University, AUS


2012: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, January–July 2013. The Fellowship is awarded by the Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Incorporated (AEUIFAI)

2011: Highly Commended Award, Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Management and Governance category)

2011: Dissertation of the Year Award, International Listening Association

2010: Award for Research Excellence, RMIT University School of Media and Communication

Professional associations

IABC – International Association of Business Communicators

ICA – International Communication Association

ILA – International Listening Association

2012: Université de Bordeaux, France - Visiting Scholar (January), Centre Emile-Durkheim Science, Politique et Sociologie Comparatives.

2011: American University of Paris, France - Lecturer (Summer Term), Department of Global Communications, CM 3005 Public Relations and Society

2010: American University of Paris, France - Lecturer (Summer Term), Department of Global Communications, CM 3005 Public Relations and Society


Courses written and taught by Judy include communication management theory and practice, strategic communication management and stakeholder communication.

For the last two years, Judy has taught “public relations and society” for the Department of Global Communications, American University of Paris, France during 2010 and 2011 summer term in Europe. Whilst working in France, Judy worked with colleagues from the Université de Bordeaux and Melbourne University to develop an international research project to compare French and Australian citizen engagement policies and practice.

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