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.
Judy's research focuses on the role of communication in addressing global environmental challenges within the following contexts:
- Communication and Media Studies
- Communication for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Current research projects
Communication for Climate Change Adaptation in the South Pacific. Funded by RMIT University 2015–2017.
The aim of this project is to work with small island developing states (SIDS) in the South Pacific, and community-based organisations working in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA & DRM) to build communication capacity. In partnership with the Foundation of South Pacific Islands (FSPI), a needs analysis of current media and communication skills and future communication needs will be undertaken. From this evidence , capacity-building workshops will be designed, implemented and evaluated.
As part of this project, RMIT Master of Media and Communication students have undertaken internships with community-based organisations and the University of the South Pacific to assist in communication and media strategies to increase community involvement in climate change adaptation. This project continues until 2017.
Leadership and communication training for future climate change adaptation leaders in the South Pacific. Funded by PACE-NET Plus, European Union. 2015.
The project is funded by RMIT between 2015 and 2017 and has received seed funding from PACE-NET Plus to undertake a pilot study. The study has received seed funding for a pilot study to design, implement and evaluate an innovative adaptive leadership and communication training program for local-level climate change practitioners in the South Pacific. A collaboration between RMIT University, Australia, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and Universitat Autonoma Barcelona, Spain, the pilot program is undertaken in November 2015 with student delegates accompanying their South Pacific national delegations to COP21 in Paris, Nov–Dec 2015. The study builds on the three universities’ combined expertise in climate change science, communication and international development to achieve the following objectives:
Short term: To provide leadership, communication, media advocacy, and leading change training to the 12- team USP student delegation representing the Pacific nations at COP 21 in Paris, France in November 2015. As future leaders in the South Pacific these students will raise community awareness about CCA issues in the Pacific region, and the outcomes of COP21. These postgraduate students will also provide support to their respective country delegations at COP21.
Long term: To design, implement and evaluate an innovative training program for local-level climate change practitioners across the wider South Pacific region from 2016. The program will increase capacity in leadership, dialogue and cooperation, strategic thinking and media advocacy.
Professor Elizabeth Holland, USP
Dr Judy Burnside-Lawry, RMIT
Professor Rosa Franquet, UAB
Previous funded research
2014: Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award
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’, was in partnership with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and PLAN International Australia.
2013: Post-doctoral Fellowship at European University Institute, Italy
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 analysed 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 compared 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
- Communication, Politics and Culture
Publications in press
- Rogers, P., Burnside-Lawry, J., Dragsic, J., Mills, C. (in press) ‘Collaboration and communication: Building a research agenda and way of working towards community resilience’ Disaster Prevention and Management, 25 (accepted 21 September 2015).
- Carvalho, L. & Burnside-Lawry, J., (2015) ‘Leadership at the local level’, GAR 2015 Inputs Paper in Report for UNISDR Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 Proceedings for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 14–18 March, Sendai, Japan (GAR2015 Input Papers).
- Carvalho, L. & Burnside-Lawry, J., (2013) ‘Leadership at the local level: Community participation in the municipality of Amadora Portugal’. Report for UNISDR Global Assessment Report GAR 13 Indicator PFA/C13.
Organisation of scientific meetings
- 2015: As part of a transdisciplinary research collaboration in environmental research, Judy co- led an international research group symposium ‘Reframing Environmental Research in the Social Sciences’ at RMIT Europe, Barcelona, Spain. With co-leader Professor Francis Chateauraynard (GSPR, EHESS, Paris France), the symposium included 16 European and Australasian social science scholars. An outcome was the formation of the Barcelona Group to advocate for increased social science roles in environmental research and agendas.
- 2014: As part of an international research group symposium in disaster risk reduction and climate change held at Macquarie University, Sydney, Lawry co-led a research seminar discussing the importance of further communication research in CCA and DRR. An outcome is a journal article (in press) ‘Collaboration and communication: Building a research agenda and way of working towards community resilience’ Disaster Prevention and Management, 25 (accepted 21 September 2015).
- 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
International visiting scholar appointments
- 2014: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, France
- 2012: Université de Bordeaux, Centre Emile-Durkheim Science, Politique et Sociolgie Comparatives, Bordeaux, France
- Rogers, P.,Burnside-Lawry, J.,Dragisic, J.,Mills, C. (2016). Collaboration and communication: Building a research agenda and way of working towards community disaster resilience In: Disaster Prevention and Management, 25, 75 - 90
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Carvalho, L. (2016). A stakeholder approach to building community resilience: awareness to implementation In: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 7, 4 - 25
- Burnside-Lawry, J.,Ariemma, L. (2015). Global governance and communicative action: a study of democratic participation during planning for the Lyon-Turin rail link In: Journal of Public Affairs, 15, 129 - 142
- 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.,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.,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. (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
- Communication, communities and climate change: Designing a leadership program for community-based climate change practitioners in the Pacific region. Funded by: PACE-Net Plus Seed-Funding 2015 from (2015 to 2016)
2 PhD Current Supervisions