Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum

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Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum (PD-PCF) is a multi- and inter-disciplinary research platform that unites leading experts and early-career researchers in a transnational network in their study of public diplomacy and political communication.

With the growth of soft power and new media and information technologies, public diplomacy is of growing importance in international relations. PD-PCF defines public diplomacy as efforts by state and non-state actors to influence opinion of the general public and key stakeholders in other countries. PD-PCF engages with study of public diplomacy tools and variants to improve international image and promote foreign policies.  In focus are monologue, dialogue and collaboration modes of public diplomacy. PD-PCF also explores how political actors involved in international relations and foreign policy use the media to formulate and project soft and hard power messages, and how stakeholder and public opinion of domestic and international standing can be effected by media (traditional and new).


News & events 

October 2020:  Media and Communication Student Research Hub Wins a Grant from the French Embassy in New Zealand

A team of students at the Department of Media and Communication, led by Professor Natalia Chaban and Dr Gabriel Weibl, won a competitive grant administered by the French Embassy in New Zealand and the New Caledonia Delegation in New Zealand. A cross-generational multinational Student Research Hub “Digital Diplomacy” features a PhD student Zahra Emamzadeh, Masters  of Strategic Communication students Amy Norris-Hibbert, Ian Blythe and Catherine Joshua Jeyakumar, BA Honours student Davide Garello and Bachelor of Communication Shaylee Bright. This Student Research Hub is a part of the Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum (PD-PCF) platform initiated and led by Professor Natalia Chaban, PD-PCF Director.  

The grant – awarded by the Embassy to only four selected projects in New Zealand – supports student associations on organising projects with a French connection. Students of the Research Hub will conduct the project “French Digital Diplomacy towards New Zealand”.  They will also present the findings to the French diplomats in Wellington upon the project completion and at the Post-Graduate Conference at the Department of Media and Communication. 

  

Advancing International Research Collaboration: Professor Natalia Chaban publishes her co-edited volume with Routledge featuring researchers from 17 countries 

PD-PCF Director Professor Natalia Chaban, together with Professor Arne Niemann and Johanna Speyer of Mainz University (Germany), co-edited and published with Routledge volume “Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of Brexit: Global Perspectives”. This volume brings together 26 contributors from 17 countries. They conceptualize and measure EU perceptions in the strategic regions around the world in the aftermath of the UK referendum. In focus are reflections from the Wide Atlantic (the US, Canada, Brazil and Mexico), the Middle East and Africa (MENA region and South Africa), the Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia), EU neighbours to the east and south (Turkey, Russia and Ukraine) and the UK. Informed by political communication and political psychology theorisations of images and perceptions in International Relations, contributors assess the evolution of EU perceptions in each location and discuss how their findings contribute to crafting foreign policy options for the “EU-27”, the UK, and their international partners. Based on a solid theoretical foundation and empirically rich data, this volume constitutes an innovative and timely addition to the evolving debate on Brexit and its consequences. 

This volume is a result of a two-year collaboration across time zones and oceans. It started with a creative two-day workshop at the University of Mainz in summer 2018. The workshop, led by Natalia, Arne and Johanna, was sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the EU’s Jean Monnet Programme and the University of Mainz. During the two-year work on the volume, Natalia, Arne and Johanna organised several panels at the leading international conferences in 2018 and 2019 involving contributors and testing the case-studies. Following the publication of the volume in July 2020, Natalia, Arne and Johanna are now working on the follow up publications collaborating with each other and the contributors to the volume.

 

PD-PCF International Research Symposia in Political Communication field

Extending international research collaborations in Political Communication and Public Diplomacy, PD-PCF Director Professor Natalia Chaban of Media and Communication organised and chaired two two-day e-symposia involving international scholars - leading experts and early-career academics.  E-symposia took place on 15-16 June and 5-6 July, 2020.  Both events focused on perceptions, images and narratives in international relations and their potential for the evolving practices of public diplomacy and international political communication.  

These international symposia are a part of a large international research framework – COST Action “EU Foreign Policy Facing New Directions” (ENTER) supported by the European Commission. In this trans-national framework, Professor Chaban is a Vice-Leader of the Work Group 2 “Perceptions and Communication”.  In November 2019, Natalia designed and ran the COST Winter Research School “Images of Europe at Times of Global Challenges: Perceptions of EU (foreign) policy making inside and outside Europe” at the University of Aarhus, Denmark bringing together scholars from 19 countries.  Research cases developed in the Research Winter School have become contributions to the e-symposia and two peer-reviewed journals that will result from the two events.

The first symposium and the resulting Special Issue focus on perceptions and narratives of the changing EU in the changing world in the eyes of EU member states. The second symposium and the resulting Special Issue examine images and perceptions of the EU in the Union’s neighbourhoods to the east and south. Natalia is co-editing both Special Issues with colleagues from Czechia and the UK as well as New Zealand. She also contributes her own articles. The Special Issues are scheduled to be published at the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 respectively. Active international research networking, symposia and publications contribute to the stream of Political Communication and Public Diplomacy at the Department of Media and Communication and the College of Arts.


Key notes

Chaban, N. (2019) “Political Communication in International Relations: EU perceptions and narratives in Ukraine post-Maidan”, 15 November, Workshop “At the EU Doorstep: External Perceptions of the EU by Candidate and Eastern Partnership Countries”, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Workshops and Symposia

The COST Winter Research School “Images of Europe at Times of Global Challenges: Perceptions of EU (foreign) policy making inside and outside Europe” at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, supported by COST Action ENTER, November 2019 (scholars from 19 countries). 

Organiser and facilitator: Professor Chaban Vice-Leader of the COST ENTER Work Group 2 “Perceptions and Communication”, with co-facilitators:   Professor Ole Elgström (Lund University, Sweden), Professor Berndt Schlipphak (Munster University, Germany), Dr Veronika Zapletalová (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Pauline Hienrichs (Royal Holloway, UK).

The E-YOUTH International Virtual Symposium “The EU Baltic States, Russia and Ukraine: Mutual narratives and perceptions” dedicated to the Special Issue (guest edited by Chaban, Mondry and Pavlov) with New Zealand Slavonic Journal 25-26 May 2020

Organised by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ) and co-chaired by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Henrietta Mondry (UC, NZ), Associate Professor Evgeny Pavlov (UC, NZ)
 
COST International Virtual Symposium “Narratives and perceptions of the EU: Images of the EU in the EU” dedicated to the Special Issue (guest edited by Chaban, Osicka, Zapletalova and Heinrichs) with Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 15-16 June 2020
Organised by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ); co-chaired by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Dr Jan Osička (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Dr Veronika Zapletalová (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Pauline Heinrichs (Royal Holloway, UK)
 
COST International Virtual Symposium “Changing Europe in the Changing World: The EU in the Eyes of EU Neighbours” dedicated to the Special Issue (guest edited by Chaban and Headley) with Croatian International Relations Review, 5-6 July 2020
Organised by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ); co-chaired by Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ) and Associate Professor James Headley (Otago University, NZ)
 
Symposium “New Opportunities for the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership”, supported by  Jean Monnet Network EU-Canada Relations: The EU and Canada in Dialogue, 18 November 2019,  Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU in Global Dialogue” (CEDI), TU Darmstadt, Germany (SI with Australian and NZ Journal of European Studies, 2019)

Organised by Professor Michele Knodt (TUD, Germany); co-chaired by Professor 


Stakeholder events

Stakeholder event within the framework of Jean Monnet Project E-YOUTH” (Vilnius,  Lithuania, 28 August 2019) , Vilnius Institute of Policy Analysis, Lithuania 

Audience: members of diplomatic corps, media, NGOs, MFA Lithuanian, members of Lithuanian and European Parliament, academics advising on youth policy, members of think tanks, E-YOUTH researchers

Topics: political communication, perceptions/political psychology, formulation, projection and reception of narratives, media framing for public diplomacy

Presenters: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Šarūnas Liekis (VMU, Lithuania), Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, UK), Professor Alister Miskimmon (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

 

Conference panels

A panel “Youth Narratives and Perceptions of the EU and EU-Ukraine Relations in Ukraine and three Baltic States”, UACES, Lisbon, Portugal, 1-4 September 2019

Presenters: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, UK), Professor Alister Miskimmon (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), Professor Patrick Müller (Vienna University, Austria)

A panel “Political Communication in International Relations: EU perceptions and narratives in the world”, NZPSAA, Christchurch, New Zealand, 27-29 November 2019

Presenters:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Linda Jean Kenix (UC, NZ), Associate Professor Donald Matheson (UC, NZ), Sam Brett (UC, NZ), Alexander Makov (UC, NZ)


The Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum is made up of a core team of UC staff that collaborate on research with international experts. Our UC team and international researchers are listed below:

UC Team

Natalia Chaban

Professor
Department of Media and Communication / Forum Leader
Elsie Locke Building 621
Internal Phone: 95549

Donald Matheson

Associate Professor
Department of Media and Communication
Elsie Locke Building 602
Internal Phone: 95849

LindaJean Kenix

Professor / Head of School - LSAP
Department of Media and Communication
Elsie Locke Building 601
Internal Phone: 95926

Tara Ross

Senior Lecturer
Department of Media and Communication
Elsie Locke Building 603A
Internal Phone: 95846

Gabriel Weibl

Department of Media and Communication
Elsie Locke 604

Colleen Mills

Professor
Meremere 224
Internal Phone: 95936

Babak Bahador

Adjunct Senior Fellow
Department of Media and Communication UC / George Washington University, US

International Experts 


Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt

Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam
Director, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU in Global Dialogue” (CEDI)
Leader, EU Foreign Policy Facing New Directions (ENTER), COST Action, European Commission

Areas of expertise in the Forum: energy diplomacy, climate diplomacy, images and perceptions in IR, political communication in foreign policy

Professor Šarūnas Liekis

Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
President of the Vilnius Institute for Political Analysis (VIPA), Lithuania 

Areas of expertise in the Forum: crisis diplomacy, public diplomacy in conflict, policy communication in foreign policy field, mis- and dis-information in international political communication, collaboration with Student Research Hub #1
[See Interview with Professor Šarūnas Liekis for the course COMS 420 “Public Diplomacy”]

Professor Dr. Patrick Müller

Austrian Diplomatic Academy
Vienna School for International Studies and University of Vienna, Austria
Co-Leader, EU Foreign Policy Facing New Directions (ENTER), COST Action, European Commission

Areas of expertise in the Forum: images and perceptions in IR, crisis diplomacy, public diplomacy, political communication in conflict and crisis
[See Interview with Professor Patrick Müller for the course COMS 420 “Public Diplomacy”]

Professor Ben O’Loughlin

New Political Communication Unit
Centre for International Security
Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Areas of expertise in the Forum:  strategic narrative theory, international political communication, communication and technology, images and perceptions in IR

Professor Alister Miskimmon

Head of School, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast, UK 

Areas of expertise in the Forum:  strategic narrative theory, international political communication, public diplomacy, images and perceptions in IR

Professor Ole Elgström

Emeritus Professor, University of Lund, Sweden

Areas of expertise in the Forum:  role theory in IR, international political communication, public diplomacy, images and perceptions in IR

Dr Heidi Maurer

Marie-Curie Fellow “European Diplomacy Practices post-Lisbon: Adding Value through Cooperation” (EuroDipl)”, University of Bristol, UK
Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK
Visiting Professor in European Diplomacy, College of Europe, Brugge, Belgium
Coordinator of NORTIA (Jean Monnet Network on Research & Teaching in EU foreign Affairs) 

Areas of expertise in the Forum: foreign policy and public diplomacy (focus on the EU), collaborative diplomacy
[See Interview with Dr Heidi Maurer for the course COMS 420 “Public Diplomacy”]

Sergiy Gerasimchuk

Deputy Executive Director, Regional Initiatives and Neighborhood Program Director, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, Kyiv, Ukraine 

Areas of expertise in the Forum: political process and public diplomacy on the post-Soviet space, political communication with civil society, policy communication in conflict (regional security, frozen conflicts), collaboration with Student Research Hub #3
[See Interview with Sergiy Gerasimchuk for the course COMS 420 “Public Diplomacy”]

Professor Sharon Pardo

Jean Monnet Chair ad personam

Senior Researcher at the Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Co-editor of Europe and the World book series by Lexington Books 

Areas of expertise in the Forum: perceptions and misperceptions in foreign policy, political communication in foreign policy, cultural diplomacy, celebrity diplomacy, ‘big data’ fusion and forecasting in international relations

Dr Hila Zahavi

Director at Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Areas of expertise in the Forum: images and perceptions in IR, cultural diplomacy, education diplomacy

Associate Professor Irina Khayrizamanova

Department of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), Spain
Lecturer, University of Vic, Spain
Tutor, Master of International Affairs and Diplomacy (UOC-UNITAR)
Member of the Political Communication, Media and Democracy Research Group, Pompeu Fabra University

Areas of expertise in the Forum: images and perceptions within the IR context, EU-Russia relations, public opinion, political discourses and political communication.

Professor Svitlana Zhabotynska

Cherkasy National University, Ukraine
Fulbright Alumnus

Areas of expertise in the Forum: neuro-, psycho, and sociolinguistics in political and media discourse analysis and political communication.


Work Group 2 “Perceptions and Communication, EU Foreign Policy Facing New Directions (ENTER), COST Action, European Commission

2018-ongoing

https://foreignpolicynewrealities.eu/

https://foreignpolicynewrealities.eu/about/working-groups/working-group-2-perception-and-communication/

Experts collaborating:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Prof Patrick Muller (Vienna University, Austria), Professor Šarūnas Liekis (VMU, Lithuania)

 

 

Project European solidarity in Covid-19 public debates: Constructing expectations in the media (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and Poland)

2020-ongoing

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Professor Patrick Müller (Vienna University, Austria),  Professor Ole Elgström (Lund University, Sweden), Associate Professor Sonia Lucarelli (Bologna University, Italy), Dr Natasza Styczynska (Jagellonian University, Poland)

 

 

Youth Opinion and Opportunities for EU Public Diplomacy: Youth Narratives and Perceptions of the EU and EU-Ukraine Relations in Ukraine and the three Baltic States (E-YOUTH) supported by Erasmus+, European Commission 

2018-ongoing

https://jeanmonnet.nz/eyouth/ 

Experts collaborating:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Šarūnas Liekis (VMU, Lithuania), Professor Linda Jean Kenix (UC, NZ), Associate Professor Donald Matheson (UC, NZ), Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, UK), Professor Alister Miskimmon (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

 

 

What Makes the Narrative Psychologically Strategic: Ukraine on Russian E-News Platforms. Intertextuality, intermediality, multimodality

2019-ongoing

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Professor Svitlana Zhabotynska (Cherkasy National University, Ukraine)

 

Jean Monnet Network REACTIK (cReative Economy And Culture inTernatIonal link), Erasmus+, European Commission 

2018-2021

https://reactik.eu/

Experts collaborating:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Sharon Pardo (BGU, Israel), Dr Hila Zahavi (BGU, Israel), Dr Serena Kelly (UC, NZ)

 

 

Contested narratives of climate change

2018-ongoing 

Experts collaborating:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, UK), Professor Alister Miskimmon (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), Dr Babak Bahador (UC, NZ/GWU, USA), Dr Iana Sabatovych (UC, NZ), Pauline Heinrichs (Royal Holloway, UK)

 

 

EU Foreign Policy from the ‘Outside In’ Perspective: EU external reception, perceptions and communication (Jean Monnet Chair by Professor Natalia Chaban)

2018-2020

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Professor Ole Elgström (Lund University, Sweden), Professor Helene Sjursen (University of Oslo, Norway)

 
 

EU changing global perceptions post-Brexit referendum

https://uacesoneurope.ideasoneurope.eu/2018/08/01/external-perceptions-of-the-eu-after-brexit-event-report/

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Arne Niemann (Mainz University, Germany), Johanna Speyer (Mainz University, Germany)

 

 

The EU as a Public Diplomacy Actor in Ukraine: Images, Perceptions and Narratives of the EU in Ukraine

2015-ongoing

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Professor Ole Elgström (Lund University, Sweden)

 

 

30 years after the break-up of the Soviet Union:  Perceptions and Narratives. Case-study of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia and the EU (Special Issue forthcoming 2020)

2019-ongoing

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Henrietta Mondry (UC, NZ), Associate Professor Evgeny Pavlov (UC, NZ)

 

 

Changing Europe in the Changing World: The EU in the Eyes of EU Neighbours (Special Issue forthcoming 2021)

2019-ongoing

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Associate Professor James Headley (Otago University, NZ)

 

 

Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in the EU (Special Issue forthcoming in 2020)

2019-ongoing 

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Dr Jan Osička (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Dr Veronika Zapletalová (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Pauline Heinrichs (Royal Holloway, UK)

 

 

EU-Canada Relations: The EU and Canada in Dialogue

2019-2020 

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Michèle Knodt (TUD, Germany), Professor Sharon Pardo (BGU, Israel), Dr Hila Zahavi (BGU, Israel)

  

 

International Project Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP)

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Malena Rosén Sundström (PI, Lund University, Sweden), Ekatherina Zhukova (PI, Lund University, Sweden)Professor Ole Elgström (Lund University, Sweden),


Books

  • Chaban, N., A. Niemann, J. Speyer (eds.) (2020) Changing perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit:  Global Perspectives, Abington and NY: Routledge. 
  • Chaban, N. and O. Elgström The Ukraine Crisis and the Role of EU Foreign Policy: Framing the EU in the Context of EU-Ukraine Relations’, Edward Elgar (forthcoming 2021)

Special Issues

  • N. Chaban and J. Headley (eds.) (forthcoming 2021) Special Issue “Changing Europe in the Changing World: The EU in the Eyes of EU Neighbours”, Croatian International Relations Review. 
  • N. Chaban, J. Osicka, V. Zapletalova and P. Heinrichs (forthcoming 2020), Special Issue “Narratives and perceptions of the EU: Images of the EU in the EU”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 12 (3).
  • N. Chaban, H. Mondry, E. Pavlov (eds.) (forthcoming 2020) Special Issue “The EU Baltic States, Russia and Ukraine: Mutual narratives and perceptions”, New Zealand Slavonic Journal.
  • N. Chaban and M. Knodt (eds.) (2020) Special Issue “New Opportunities for the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership”. Special Issue Australian and NZ Journal of European Studies 11(3), forthcoming 
  • N. Chaban, A. Miskimmon, B. O’Loughlin (eds) (2019) “Understanding the scope and limits of EU diplomacy - Connecting strategic narrative to EU external perceptions research”, Special Issue European Security 28(3).

Articles in the refereed journals

  • N. Chaban and O. Elgström  (forthcoming 2021) “Politicization of EU development policy: The role of EU external perceptions (case of Ukraine)”, Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) 
  • N. Chaban and O. Elgström (forthcoming) “A Perceptual Approach to EU Public Diplomacy:  Investigating Collaborative Diplomacy in EU-Ukraine Relations”. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. 
  • N. Chaban (2020) ‘Perceptions, expectations, motivations: Evolution of Canadian views on the EU’.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 11(3), 45-62.
  • M. Knodt and N. Chaban (2020) ‘New Opportunities for the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 11(3), 3-17.
  • N. Chaban, Miskimmon A. and O'Loughlin B. (2019) “Strategic Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine”. European Security 28(3), 235-250, https://doi.org/10.1080/09662839.2019.1648251
  • N. Chaban, M. Knodt, S. Liekis, I. NG (2019) “Narrators’ Perspectives: Communicating the EU in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine in Times of Conflict”. European Security 28(3), 304-322 http://doi.org/10.1080/09662839.2019.1648256
  • N. Chaban, O. Elgström, M. Knodt (2019) 'Perceptions of EU mediation and mediation effectiveness: Comparing perspectives from Ukraine and the EU', Cooperation and Conflict, 54 (4): 506-523 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0010836718823813

Chapters in edited volumes

  • N. Chaban and O. Elgström (2021), “Theorizing External Perceptions of the EU”, in S. Gstöhl and Schunz (eds.), Studying the EU's external action: concepts, approaches, theories, Palgrave, forthcoming.
  • N. Chaban and J. Bain (forthcoming 2020) “Sustainable Europe:  Narrative potential in the EU’s political communication” in Michèle Knodt and Jörg Kemmerzell (eds.) Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe, Springer, forthcoming. 
  • N. Chaban, A. Niemann, J. Spreyer (2020) “External Perceptions of the EU at Times of Uncertainty Post-Brexit Referendum: Conclusions”  in Chaban, N., A. Niemann, J. Speyer (eds.) Changing perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit:  Global Perspectives, Abington and NY: Routledge, 281-296.
  • N. Chaban and M. Knodt (2020) “Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine after “Brexit” referendum: Images of capabilities and opportunities” in Chaban, N., A. Niemann, J. Speyer (eds.) Changing perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit:  Global Perspectives, Abington and NY: Routledge, 78-95.
  • J. Speyer, N. Chaban, A. Niemann, (2020) “The EU as an international actor after Brexit”, in Chaban, N., A. Niemann, J. Speyer (eds.) Changing perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit:  Global Perspectives, Abington and NY: Routledge, 1-24.
  • N. Chaban and I. Sabatovych (2020) “The past and the future of Ukraine’s Europeanisation: Tracing images of the EU as a normative actor and influence in Ukraine post-Maidan”, in Alessandro Achilli, Serhy Yekelchyk and Dmytro Yesypenko (eds.) Cossacks in Jamaica, Ukraine at the Antipodes: Essays in Honor of Marko Pavlyshyn. Academic Studies Press.
  • Kelly, S. F. Doser and N. Chaban (2020) “Shifting frames: images of Brexit in NZ and possible consequences” in K. Haba and M. Holland (eds.) Brexit and After, Springer, forthcoming.
  • N. Chaban, S. Kelly and A-M. Brady (2019) “Small States in a New Era of Public Diplomacy: New Zealand and Digital Diplomacy” in A.-M. Brady (ed.) Small States and the Changing Global Order. Springer, Cham: 75-89.


Student research is a cornerstone of the Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum. Our students' research is grouped in the following hubs. 

Political Communication and Information Warfare: Dis- and Mis-Information.

with Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VIPA), Lithuania

  • Bipulendra Adhikari, PhD Candidate, Department of Media and Communication
  • Declan Lowe, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication
  • Anthony Orr, Political Communication Major, Department of Media and Communication

The focus of this research hub is on information tactics employed by the Russian Federation in communication flows towards the Baltic States.

Digital diplomacy

  • Zahra Emamzadeh, PhD Candidate, Department of Media and Communication
  • Amy Norris-Hibbert, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication
  • Ian Blythe, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication
  • Cathy Joshua, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication
  • Davide Garello, BA Honours, Department of Media and Communication

This research hub analyses digital diplomacy outreach by the French Embassy to New Zealand. In focus are social media channels run by the Embassy – Twitter and Facebook – as well as the Embassy’s website and e-newsletter. The team also compares its findings with the data from German and Italian embassies to NZ. This research is supported by the competitive grant awarded by the French Embassy to NZ.

International relations political communication

With Foreign Policy Council “Prism”, Ukraine

  • Suvojit Bandopadhyaya, PhD Candidate, Department of Media and Communication
  • Fathima Jaleel, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication
  • Sophie Doull, Master of Strategic Communication, Department of Media and Communication

This research hub works on political communication assignments in collaboration with the Ukrainian Foreign Council “Prism” – a think tank that engages in its activities with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and National Diplomatic Academy.

 


The key contact for the Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum is: 

Natalia Chaban

Director - Public Diplomacy & Political Communication Forum
Elsie Locke Building 621
Internal Phone: 95549