Judy is Senior Lecturer and Program Director for the two Master of Communication programs delivered by the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.
- Communication and Media Studies
- Other Commerce
- Tourism and Services
Current research project
Communication for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management – A strategic case study for the Pacific. Jan–Dec 2015.
The aim of the project is to work with South Pacific island nations and community-based organisations working in climate change adaptation in the Pacific region to build capacity and capability in communicating climate change adaptation and disaster risk management (CCCA & DRM). This will involve an investigation into the current state of CCCA and DRM in terms of behavioural, technical and social infrastructure, as well as skills and capabilities in communication. The investigation will provide an evidence base that will underpin strategic regional and community-based decision-making about CCCA and DRM programs and communication activities. The project will also assist South Pacific nation partners to identify and access sustainable sources of funds for their CCCA and DRM programs and activities.
In addition to these elements, the project seeks to design, develop and deliver suitable baseline training in media and communication skills for project partners. The outcomes will be more effective and efficient CCCA and DRM, which will decrease social and economic risks associated with climate change in the region.
Chief Investigators: Dr Judy Burnside-Lawry, Professor Linda Brennan, Mr Stephen Joyce. Partners, RMIT School of Media and Communication, Federation of the South Pacific Islands, FSPI, PLAN International Australia PIA.
Previous funded research
In 2014 Judy won the Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award to conduct a study of local level engagement to build community resilience to disasters. Her project, ‘Increasing local level engagement to build resilient communities: Stakeholder perspectives of conditions that enable local action to reduce disaster risk’, is in partnership with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and PLAN International Australia.
In 2013, Judy was based at the European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, as a Visiting Fellow, where she conducted the following EU research projects within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies:
- 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.
- 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.
Senior Lecturer and Program Director for the two Master of Communication programs delivered by RMIT's School of Media and Communication.
- Communication, Culture and Critique (Journal of International Communication Association)
- Australian Journal of Emergency Management (ERA 2010: C)
- Communication, Politics and Culture (ERA 2010: A)
- International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment.
Publications in press
- Burnside-Lawry, J. & Carvalho, L. ‘A stakeholder approach to building community resilience: Awareness to implementation’. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment.
Industry research reports
- Burnside-Lawry, J. (2013) Citizen engagement and participatory strategic planning processes in East Gippsland, Victoria. Report for State Emergency Services, Victoria, Australia.
- Burnside-Lawry, J. Poblet, M. & Fitzpatrick, M (2014) The desirability of an online tool to enhance bushfire planning and preparation at the household level. Report for Country Fire Authority, Victoria, Australia.
- 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
- 2014: Recipient of the 2014 Malcolm Moore Industry Research Grant, RMIT University, $30,000
- 2013: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
- Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Incorporated (AEUIFAI), $12,000
- 2012: DSC International Research Seed Funding Scheme: 'Community engagement in developing societal resilience to disasters', $5000
- 2011: Highly Commended Award, Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Management and Governance)
- 2011: Dissertation of the Year Award, International Listening Association
- 2010: Award for Research Excellence, RMIT University School of Media and Communication, $1000
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Carvalho, L. (2015). Building local level engagement in disaster risk reduction: A Portugese case study In: Disaster Prevention and Management, 24, 80 - 99
- Lee, C.,Burnside-Lawry, J. (2014). Voice, listening, and telling stories: The communicative construction of rhetorical citizenship in small groups In: Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship: Rhetoric in Society, Leiden University Press, Netherlands
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Ariemma, L. (2014). Global governance and communicative action: a study of democratic participation during planning for the Lyon-Turin rail link In: Journal of Public Affairs, , 1 - 14
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Lee, C.,Rui, S. (2013). Habermas and the Garants: Narrowing the gap between policy and practice in French organisation-citizen engagement In: Communication, Politics and Culture, 46, 155 - 176
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Akama, Y.,Rogers, P. (2013). Communication research needs for building societal disaster resilience In: Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28, 29 - 35
- Burnside-Lawry, J. (2012). Listening and participatory communication: a model to assess organization listening competency In: International Journal of Listening, 26, 102 - 121
- Burnside-Lawry, J. (2011). The dark side of stakeholder communication: Stakeholder perceptions of ineffective organisational listening In: Australian Journal of Communication, 38, 147 - 173
- Burnside-Lawry, J. (2008). Community engagement in the public sphere: A comparison of 'participatory communication' and 'listening' models as methods for evaluating symmetrical communication between organisations and their stakeholders In: Media, Communication and Humanity Conference, London, 21 - 23 September 2008
- Burnside-Lawry, J. (2007). Balancing stakeholder expectations and perceptions: An exploratory study of organisational listening competency In: Proceedings of the 5th ANZAM Asian Pacific Operations Management Symposium, -, 6th - 7th June 2007
2 PhD Current Supervisions