Philippa Brear is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication.Philippa works with RMIT programs in Melbourne, Singapore and Vietnam. She teaches students at all undergraduate year levels and supervises honours students. Before joining RMIT, she worked as a communication practitioner for 20 years, primarily in in-house communication management roles in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Philippa is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Philippa works with RMIT's Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) and Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) programs across Melbourne, Singapore and Vietnam campuses. She has been a visiting lecturer at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Philippa was Program Director of the Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from 2008 to 2012 and was convenor of industry forum RMIT Communicator of the Year between 2008 and 2010. Philippa has held a number of other senior roles at RMIT in the School of Applied Communication and the School of Media and Communication.
Philippa's current PhD studies focus on activism and campaigning in Australia about asbestos issues. Her research interests include:
- strategic communication and stakeholder management
- activism and persuasive communication
- professionalism and ethics in communication
Philippa has had short non-fiction work published in literary and mainstream media, and she has been a presenter at the Melbourne Writers Festival. She is the instigator and inaugural leader of RMIT's global intensive study, Cross Cultural Perspectives in Literary Event Management, during which RMIT students complete internships at the annual Jaipur Literature Festival in India.
Philippa teaches students at all undergraduate year levels, and supervises honours students.
Philippa's courses focus on organisational communication, communication strategy, management practice for communicators, and professionalism and ethics. Philippa has co-developed the final year capstone for PR students, with its focus on work-integrated learning.
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University – current candidate
Philippa's topic relates to asbestos activism in Australia and its influence on public policy and regulation.
Master of Arts (Professional Communication), Deakin University
Minor thesis: illness narrative and asbestos disease sufferers.
Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing, Deakin University
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
Majors in economics, economic history, commercial law.
Diploma in Business Writing, Society of Business Communicators (now IABC)
Before joining RMIT, Philippa's industry roles spanned 20 years, working as an analyst and professional communicator in Australia and in the United Kingdom in private and public sector organisations. With a focus on organisational communication, stakeholder management and media relations in the finance and professional services sectors, Philippa was one of the first communication practitioners in Australia to specialise in legal services.
- Public Relations Institute of Australia: Fellow 2012-; Victoria Councillor, 2010–2013; Judge, Golden Target Awards
- International Association of Business Communicators: Member 2007–2009
- Australasian Professional Services Marketing Association: Member 1994–2009
- Professional Services Marketing Network, London: Member 1997–2001