Crisis Communication Graduate Student/PhD Workshop

The workshop is organised within the ECREA’s Crisis Communication Section / 6th International Crisis Communication Conference that will take place in Leeds on 2 October, 2019 ahead of the Crisis6 Conference from 3-5 October, 2019.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a forum for doctoral students whose Ph.D. and research interest is related to the wide and interdisciplinary field of Crisis Communication. The cost is £50. This will include lunches, tea, and snacks throughout the day as well as any materials for the workshop.

October 2 from 9 am – 6 pm 

We will begin our morning with short presentations and a panel discussion from our esteemed workshop leaders — Professor Dr. Ralph Tench (Director of Research at Leeds Beckett University, EUPRERA President), Professor Dr. Stephen Croucher (Head of the School of Public Relations, Journalism, and Marketing Massey University, NZ, Editor Journal of Intercultural Communication Research), and Dr. Keri Stephens (Associate Professor University of Texas at Austin, Associate Editor of Management Communication Quarterly).

Points of reference are: Corporate Social Responsibility, Cross-Cultural Research, New Media and Citizen-Led Crisis Response. Afterwards, there will be time for a comprehensive Q&A in order to discuss all questions around these topics, the PhD process in general, and professional development.

The discussion will be moderated by our host and ECREA Crisis Division Chair, Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson (Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University).

Afterwards, participants present an outline of their PhD project and receive feedback by distinguished scholars with a broad experience in supervising PhD projects – Dr. Ralph Tench, Dr. Stephen Croucher, Dr. Keri Stephens, and our host Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson.

Preparing the PhD Presentations:

The presentations should address the following questions:

1. What is the problem that motivated you to conduct the research presented?
2. What is (are) your leading research question(s)?
3. How do you try to answer these questions methodologically?
4. What do you hope to contribute to your field of research?
5. Optional: What are your (preliminary) findings?
6. What challenges are you facing at the moment?

While regular conference panels rarely offer the opportunity for speakers to receive in-depth feedback, this workshop is conceived as a separate and more personal space to present to and receive feedback from experienced scholars as well as learn more about Crisis Communication and possible connection points within your research. The workshop mainly aims at MA and PhD students whose research project is still at an early stage, but it is also possible to participate if you already have preliminary findings. After a presentation of up to 20 minutes, the senior scholars serving as respondents will provide an initial feedback, followed by a Q&A session involving the other workshop participants as well.


Applications are now closed and all formal participants have been notified. Graduate students and prospective graduate students not presenting are welcome to attend to learn more about the research process and participate in the discussion.

Registration for the Graduate Student Conference is separate/ in addition to the rest of the Crisis6 conference and will open on or about 15 August.

If you are also interested to register for the subsequent conference dealing with Risk and Crisis Communication in Leeds (October 3 – October 5), please check the conference website:

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