Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum

 

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).

 


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


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

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

Linda Jean Kenix

Professor / Head of School - LSAP / Anthropology Postgraduate Coordinator
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

Colleen Mills

Professor, College of Business
Meremere 224
Internal Phone: 95936

Babak Bahador

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

International Experts 

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

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”]

Dr Pauline Heinrichs

Method Lead, Project “EU External Perceptions” - commissioned by the Service of the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission in collaboration with European External Actions Service (EEAS)

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.

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. She is a member of the research team of the transnational project “EU External Perceptions Update Study 2021” commissioned by the FPI of the EC in cooperation with EEAS, co-led by PD-PCF, PPMI and B&S.

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”]

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”]

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 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 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 Iana Sabatovych

Method Lead, Project “EU External Perceptions” - commissioned by the Service of the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission in collaboration with European External Actions Service (EEAS)

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

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.

Dr Karine Lisbonne-Azais de Vergeron

Associate Director & Head of GPI Europe Programme at the Global Policy Institute
Vienna, Austria

Areas of expertise: international relations and issues relating to European politics, culture and identity, and the relationship between Europe and the Asian emerging giants (China and India). She initiated several research projects on non-European views of Europe – Chinese and Indian Views of Europe – jointly with Chatham House in the United Kingdom and the Robert Schuman Foundation. She is a member of the research team of the transnational project “EU External Perceptions Update Study 2021” commissioned by the FPI of the EC in cooperation with EEAS, co-led by PD-PCF, PPMI and B&S.

Prefessor Sonia Lucarelli

University of Bologna, Italy.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Forum on the Problems of Peace and War and of the Institute of International Affairs. She is responsible for Unibo of the Memorandum between the Unibo and NATO Allied Command Transformation, and the representative of Unibo in the Consortium Europaeum. Lucarelli has been Resident Member of the Bologna Institute for Advanced Studies, and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. Her areas of expertise include the EU foreign policy and external image, European security, NATO, European identity and Foreign Policy, Migration and Global Justice. She is a member of the research team of the transnational project “EU External Perceptions Update Study 2021” commissioned by the FPI of the EC in cooperation with EEAS, co-led by PD-PCF, PPMI and B&S.

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PD-PCF experts collaborating:  Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Professor Sharon Pardo (BGU, Israel), Dr Hila Zahavi (BGU, Israel)

Early career researchers at UC: Alexander Malkov (PhD Candidate, NCRE, UC, NZ), Daniela Grimberg (PhD Candidate, Department of Media and Communication, UC, NZ), Dr Suvo Bandopadhyaya  (Department of Media and Communication, UC, NZ)


13-country project “External Perceptions of the EU and EU Policies: Update Study 2021” commissioned by the European Union

PD-PCF UC is in the Core Team leading the 13-country project on external perceptions of the EU “Continuity and Change. The Update Study 2021” commissioned by Foreign Policy Instruments Division (FPI) of the European Commission in collaboration with European External Action Service (EEAS) Public Diplomacy division, a highly contested tender (total funding $1,184,000). The project is a consortium led by B&S Europe of Belgium (management /backstopping team) and implemented by Research Institute PPMI of Lithuania and PD-PCF UC. Professor Natalia Chaban, PD-PCF Director, is a Team Leader. Dr Iana Sabatovych and Dr Pauline Heinrichs, PD-PCF UC Adjuncts, are Methods Leads. This 9-months project is commissioned by the EU as a part of the consultation process to shape the next programming cycle of the EU Public Diplomacy globally. It studies framing of the EU in traditional and social media, among the general public, educated youth and national policy- and decision-makers.

The research team is 36 experts.

See the full list of the involved researchers:

CORE TEAM:

  • Natalia Chaban, Team Leader, PD-PCF UC
  • Haroldas Brožaitis, Core Team Coordinator, PPMI
  • Iana Sabatovych, Core Team Member, PD-PCF UC
  • Pauline Heinrichs, Core Team Member, PD-PCF UC
  • Manon Huchet-Bodet, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Elizabete Vizgunova-Vikmane, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Eigirdas Sabaliauskas, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Tamas Toth, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Ekaterina Bobrovnikova, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Kateryna Pryschepa, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Vilius Raišuotis, Core Team Member, PPMI
  • Justinas Didika, Core Team Member, PPMI

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE EXPERTS:

  • Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna
  • Ole Elgström, University of Lund
  • Michèle Knodt, Technical University Darmstadt
  • Jan Melissen, University of Antwerp

COUNTRY EXPERTS:

  • Brazil: Dr. Andrea Ribeiro Hoffman, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; Dr. Paula Sandrin, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Canada: Dr. Antoine Rayroux, CESO Development Consultants; Alix Vuitton, University of Montreal
  • China: Dr. Thomas Christiansen, Luiss University; anonymous Chinese researcher
  • Colombia: Dr. Eric Tremolada Alvarez, Externado de Colombia University; Andrea Quiroga, freelance research assistant
  • India: Dr. Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron, Global Policy Institute; Dr. Preeti Dibyendu Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr. Sheetal Sharma, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Indonesia: Dr. Paramitaningrum, BINUS University
  • Japan: Dr. Michito Tsuruoka, Keio University
  • Mexico: Dr. Roberto Dominguez, Suffolk University
  • Russia: Dr. Elena Ananieva, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • South Africa: Dr. John Kotsopulous, Global Affairs Canada
  • South Korea: Dr. Sae Won Chung, Pukyong National University; Hoyoon Jung, Pukyong National University
  • US: Dr. Babak Bahador, George Washington University; Dr. Roberto Dominguez, Suffolk University
  • Nigeria: Dr. Toni Haastrup, University of Stirling; Dr. Grace O'Donovan, University of Edinburgh

 

The Final Report was submitted to the FPI and EEAS in November 2021. In October Prof Chaban co-led with PPMI the Project’s Core Team in three virtual presentations delivering results and policy recommendations to the EU external relations practitioners at Brussels EU HQ from European Commission, EEAS and different Directorate-Generals, as well as EU Delegations around the world.

On October 5, 2021, Professor Chaban of PD-PCF organized and led the COST Virtual Panel “External perceptions of the EU as times of global crises: Continuity and Change?” within the Research Week events of the COST Action ENTER.  The panel unites PD-PCF members (Natalia Chaban, Ole Elgström, Michele Knodt, Sonia Lucarelli, Karine Lisbonne-de Vergeron, Iana Sabatovych, Pauline Heinrichs) with scholars of the “EU External Perceptions Update Study 2021” outside of the Forum.

See the programme

The panel is one of research outputs of the COST ENTER Work Package 2 “Perceptions and Communication” (PD-PCF’s Director Professor Chaban is its Vice-Leader).  

 

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

2018-ongoing

ENTER

https://foreignpolicynewrealities.eu/

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

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

 

Main publications led by PD-PCF within the COST ENTER Work Package 2:

  1. Chaban and J. Headley (eds.) (2021) Special Section “Perceptions of the EU in its Eastern Neighbourhood, 30 Years on from the Collapse of the Soviet Union”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 26(4).
  2. N. Chaban, J. Osicka, V. Zapletalova and P. Heinrichs (2020), Special Issue “Changing realities, changing narratives? A narrative reading of EU perceptions in a changing Europe”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 12(3).
  3. N. Chaban and J. Headley (eds.) (2021) Special Section “Perceptions, Narratives and Attitudes: New Perspectives and Geographies in the Study of External Perceptions of the EU”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 27(1)

 

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

2020-ongoing

PD-PCF 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 

2018-2021

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)

Special Issue: Reimagining Europe? Youth Narratives and Perceptions in Ukraine and the Baltic States with Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 29(4) 2021

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), 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), Dr Pauline Heinrichs (PD-PCF UC), Dr Iana Sabatovych (PD-PCF UC)

 

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)

  

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 published in 2021 with New Zealand Slavonic Journal)

2019-2021

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

 

Perceptions of the EU in its Eastern Neighbourhood, 30 Years On from the Collapse of the Soviet Union 
(Special Issue Section with European Foreign Affairs Review forthcoming 2021)

2019-2021

Experts collaborating: Professor Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ), Associate Professor James Headley (Otago University, NZ), Iana Sabatovych (PD-PCF UC)

 

Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in the EU
(Special Issue published in 2020 with Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies)

2019-2020 

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

 

Special Issues

  • Chaban, P. Heinrichs, A. Miskimmon, B. O’Loughlin (eds.) (2021) Special Issue ‘Reimagining Europe: Youth narratives and perceptions. in Ukraine and the Baltic States”: Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 29 (4).

  • Chaban and J. Headley (eds.) (2021) Special Section Perceptions of the EU in its Eastern Neighbourhood, 30 Years on from the Collapse of the Soviet Union”, European Foreign Affairs Review, 26(4)

  • N. Chaban and J. Headley (eds.) (forthcoming 2022) Special Section “Perceptions, Narratives and Attitudes: New Perspectives and Geographies in the Study of External Perceptions of the EU” European Foreign Affairs Review, 27(1).

  • N. Chaban, J. Osicka, V. Zapletalová and P. Heinrichs (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.) (2020) Special Issue “The EU Baltic States, Russia and Ukraine: Mutual narratives and perceptions”, New Zealand Slavonic Journal.

  • N. Chaban and M. Knodt (eds.) (2019) Special Issue “New Opportunities for the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership”. Australian and NZ Journal of European Studies 11(3).

  • N. Chaban, A. Miskimmon, B. O’Loughlin (eds) (2019) Special Issue “Understanding the scope and limits of EU diplomacy - Connecting strategic narrative to EU external perceptions research”, European Security 28(3).

 

Articles in the refereed journals

  • Chaban, P. Heinrichs, A. Miskimmon, and B. O’Loughlin (2021) “Introduction to the Special Issue: Reimagining Europe? Youth Narratives and Perceptions in Ukraine and the Baltic States”, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 29(4), 281-302
  • Chaban, and V. Velivchenko (2021) “Friends, Supporters, and Allies? Understanding IR Roles through Metaphor Scenarios”, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 29(4) 381-408, first online https://muse.jhu.edu/article/803376/pdf

  • Matheson, D. L. J. Kenix, Chaban (2021), “Ukraine through a Baltic Lens: Regional Networks of Meanings”, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 29 (4), 353-380, first on line https://muse.jhu.edu/article/797919/pdf

  • N. Chaban and O. Elgström (2021) “Politicization of EU development policy: The role of EU external perceptions (case of Ukraine)”, Journal of Common Market Studies (in the Special Issue “Politicization of EU external action – European development policy at the crossfire”), 59(1), 143-160.

  • Chaban and S. Lucarelli (2021) “Reassessing external images of the EU: Evolving narratives in times of crisis” European Foreign Policy Review (in the Special Issue dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EEAS), 26(1), 177-196.

  • N. Chaban and L. Whitten (2021) “Youth Perceptions of the EU and the Baltic States in Ukraine: Emotive Attitudes and Images”, European Foreign Affairs Review 26(4), 599–628.

  • N. Chaban and J. Headley (2021) “Perceptions of the EU in its Eastern Neighbourhood, 30 Years On from the Collapse of the Soviet Union”, European Foreign Affairs Review 26(04).

  • Chaban and O Elgström (2020) “A Perceptual Approach to EU Public Diplomacy: Investigating Collaborative Diplomacy in EU-Ukraine Relations”, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 15(4), 488-516.

  • Heinrichs, P., Chaban, Osicka, J., Zapletalova, V. (2020) Changing realities, changing narratives? A narrative reading of EU perceptions in a changing Europe”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies 12(3), 553–558.

  • Chaban, N., H. Mondry, E. Pavlov (2019-2020), “30 Years after the Breakup of the USSR: Russia and Post-Soviet Europe, Narratives and Perceptions. Special Issue Introduction”, New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 53-54, 5-18.
  • Chaban, N., S. Zhabotynska, A. Chaban (2019-2020) “Visual and Emotive: Russian E-news Coverage of Ukraine's No-visa Entry into the EU”, New Zealand Slavonic Journal, 53-54 147-173.
  • N. Chaban (2019) ‘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, L.J. Kenix, S. Betlyukova (forthcoming 2022) Framing Foreign Policy in Media: The Impact of Local vs. International News Sources (case-study of the EU’s Migration Crisis), F. Ostermann and P. Mello (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Foreign Policy Analysis Methods.

  • J. Speyer, N. Chaban, A. Niemann (forthcoming 2021) International Perceptions of Brexit in Benjamin Leruth, Stefan Gänzle and Jarle Trondal (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union,  Routledge.
  • Chaban and O. Elgström (2021), “Theorizing External Perceptions of the EU”, in S. Gstöhl and M. Schunz (eds.), Studying the EU's external action: concepts, approaches, theories, Palgrave, 265-277
  • N. Chaban and Bain J. (2021) Sustainable Europe: Narrative Potential in the EU’s Political Communication. In: Knodt M., Kemmerzell J. (eds) Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73526-9_52-1

     

  • 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 (2021) “Shifting frames: images of Brexit in NZ and possible consequences” in K. Haba and M. Holland (eds.) Brexit and After, Springer, pp.159-179.

  • 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.


PD-PCF tests innovative formats in the teaching-research-practice nexus. Student Research Hubs are interdisciplinary cross-level research groups of under-and post-graduate students who apply skills and knowledge learnt in the classes on political communication and public diplomacy to work stakeholders who work in international political communication sphere.

 STUDENT RESEARCH HUBS 2021

 

| Images of France in New Zealand Mainstream Media
With Embassy of France to New Zealand

In 2021, PD-PCF secured support from the Embassy of France to New Zealand to conduct student-led research on media framing of France in New Zealand.  The team of seven students – under-and post-graduates -- examines images of France in the reports by New Zealand leading newspapers (The New Zealand Herald, the Dominion Post, The Press and the Otago Daily Times) as well as by Stuff.co.nz, NZ TV1 and Radio NZ.  Research Hub will report its findings to the French Embassy in Wellington in person by the end of 2021.

Research Leader: Prof Natalia Chaban

Students Research Hub members:  Sree Nair (team leader, MA in Media and Communication), Nicholas Hudson (MStratCom), Aspen Berry (UG), Caitlyn Penney (UG), Margrethe Bendsen (UG, Emma Hartshaw (UG) and Margaret Vernygora (UG)

 

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| Digital Diplomacy of the EU
With Delegation of the EU to New Zealand.

In 2021, PD-PCF secured support from the Delegation of the EU to New Zealand to conduct analysis of the digital diplomacy outreach by the EU Delegation in New Zealand.  The team of six students – under-and post-graduates – examines social media and other online channels of diplomatic communication.  Research Hub will report its findings to the EU Delegation diplomats in Wellington in person by the end of 2021.

Research Leader: Prof Natalia Chaban

Students Research Hub members:  Shaylee Bright (MStratCom), Samuel Brett (PhD, Media and Comms), Zahra Emamzadeh (PhD, Media and Comms), Oebe Roelant (UG), Amy Morahan (MStratCom), Matt McPherson (MStratCom)

 

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   Members of the Student Research Hub 2021 working with Delegation of the EU to New Zealand, Shaylee Bright and Oebe Roelant

 

STUDENT RESEARCH HUBS 2020

 

| Digital diplomacy of France to New Zealand

In 2020, PD-PCF secured competitive support from the Embassy of France to NZ and conducted research of the digital diplomacy outreach by the 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 compared its findings with the data from German and Italian embassies to NZ.

Research Leader: Prof Natalia Chaban

Students Research Hub members:  Shaylee Bright (MStratCom), Zahra Emamzadeh (PhD Candidate, Media and Communication), Amy Norris-Hibbert (MStratCom), Ian Blythe (MStratCom). Cathy Joshua (MStratCom)Davide Garello (BA Honours, Media and Communication)

 

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| Political Communication and Information Warfare: Dis- and Mis-Information
with Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VIPA), Lithuania

The focus of this research hub was on assisting the VIPA with research report on information tactics employed by the Russian Federation in communication flows towards the Baltic States.

Research Leader: Prof Natalia Chaban

Students Research Hub members:  Bipulendra Adhikari (PhD Candidate, Media and Communication), Declan Lowe (MStratCom), Anthony Orr (UG)

 

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with Foreign Policy Council "Prism", Ukraine

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.

Research Leader: Prof Natalia Chaban

Students Research Hub members: Dr Suvojit Bandopadhyaya) Media and Communication; Fathima Jaleel (MStratCom)

 

| Diplomatic Series in COMS 420 Public Diplomacy

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Ensuring a regular link between teaching and practice, COMS420 Public Diplomacy introduced its students to the diplomacy practitioners who shared their expertise in public diplomacy and communication. The Diplomatic Series in Public Diplomacy featured H.E. Peter Ryan, Ambassador of Ireland to New Zealand, Kevin O’Connell, Counsellor (Political)/Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation to New Zealand, Alessio Guarino, Science and Higher Education Attaché at the Embassy of France in New Zealand, Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education and Science of the Embassy of France New Zealand, Dr Simon Mark and Caroline McDonald of NZ MFAT.

 

| MStratCom students present to Public Diplomacy Communications Division of NZ MFAT

 

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MStratCom students Laura Tretheway, Kelly Dorgan, Lucy Weddell, Shaylee Bright and Amy Morahan presented their original cultural diplomacy campaigns to Adrienne Bonell and Bhavan Bhim of the Public Diplomacy Unit of NZ MFAT on October 29, 2021. The campaigns designed by student – the final assessment in COMS 420 Public Diplomacy (coordinated by Prof Chaban) -- were selected as winners by the diplomatic jurors: H.E. Peter Ryan, Ambassador of Ireland to NZ, and Dr Simon Mark, Massey University. Following the briefing, the reports will be passed to the MFAT’s wider Communications team as well as New Zealand’s Dublin Embassy and Fijian High Commission to showcase MStratCom students’ work.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ensuring a regular link between teaching and practice, COMS420 Public Diplomacy introduced its students to the diplomacy practitioners who shared their expertise in public diplomacy and communication. The Diplomatic Series in Public Diplomacy featured H.E. Peter Ryan, Ambassador of Ireland to New Zealand, Kevin O’Connell, Counsellor (Political)/Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU Delegation to New Zealand, Alessio Guarino, Science and Higher Education Attaché at the Embassy of France in New Zealand, Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education and Science of the Embassy of France New Zealand, Dr Simon Mark and Caroline McDonald of NZ MFAT.

 

| MStratCom students present to Public Diplomacy Communications Division of NZ MFAT

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MStratCom students Laura Tretheway, Kelly Dorgan, Lucy Weddell, Shaylee Bright and Amy Morahan presented their original cultural diplomacy campaigns to Adrienne Bonell and Bhavan Bhim of the Public Diplomacy Unit of NZ MFAT on October 29, 2021. The campaigns designed by student – the final assessment in COMS 420 Public Diplomacy (coordinated by Prof Chaban) -- were selected as winners by the diplomatic jurors: H.E. Peter Ryan, Ambassador of Ireland to NZ, and Dr Simon Mark, Massey University. Following the briefing, the reports will be passed to the MFAT’s wider Communications team as well as New Zealand’s Dublin Embassy and Fijian High Commission to showcase MStratCom students’ work.

 

| PD-PCF UC team submits Final Report to FPI and EEAS

As a part of the Core Team of the international 13-country project on perceptions of the EU commissioned by the FPI of the European Commission and Public Diplomacy division of the EEAS, PD-PCF UC team submitted Final Report to the FPI and EEAS.

PD-PCF Director Professor Natalia Chaban organised and led the virtual panel “External perceptions of the EU as times of global crises: Continuity and Change?” within the programme of the COST Action ENTER Research Week.  The panel featuring 22 scholars from 16 countries includes these is organised within the COST ENTER Work Package 2 “Perceptions and Communication” co-led by Professor Chaban.  For the programme of the event see here.

 In engagement with diplomatic stakeholders posted to New Zealand, Professor Natalia Chaban, PD-PCF Director, presented its main findings of the Jean Monnet Network REACTIK (cReative Economy And Culture inTernatIonal link, EU Cultural Diplomacy) and policy recommendations at the Victoria University of Wellington in May 2021 (attended by academic, students and diplomats), and, following invitation, briefed the EU Delegation to New Zealand in the dedicated meeting with the Head of the Delegation and the EU Delegation staff in July 2021.

For more information about the project see here.

 

 

| Panel discusses external perceptions of the EU in times of global crisis

Professor Natalia Chaban, PD-PCF Director and Vice-Leader of the Work Package 2 “Perceptions and Communication” within COST Action ENTER “EU Foreign Policy Facing New Directions”, organised and chaired COST Virtual Panel Penultimate Programme “External perceptions of the EU as times of global crises: Continuity and Change?” on October 5.  The panel featured 22 scholars from around the worlds – North and South America, Africa, Europe, Russia and the  Indo-Pacific. Among these scholars were PD-PCF members Ole Elgström, Michele Knodt, Babak Bahador, Iana Sabatovych and Pauline Heinrichs.

  

 

| PPMI launches new project "Study of External Perceptions of the EU: 13 countries"

The Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) starts a new study in 2021, focused on the perception of the EU in 13 nations over the last 10 years. Called "Study of External Perceptions of the EU: 13 countries", the project is an update of the 2015 EU Strategic Partner Study, focused on assessing the perceptions of the EU and its policies in 10 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA. The new study adds three new countries to the list: Colombia, Indonesia and Nigeria. Through media and social media analysis, interviews and public opinion poll, the project aims to understand the current perception of the EU in those countries considering key themes such as economy, science, energy, development and politics, among others. As a result, the study will provide a set of recommendations on ways the EU Public Diplomacy may promote the EU's new image of being progressive, responsible and flexible, and a list of potential partner organisations.

The assignment involves a team of experts led by Dr. Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė (PPMI) and UC Professor Dr. Natalia Chaban. The core research group includes Dr. Haroldas Brožaitis, Dr. Iana Sabatovych, Dr. Pauline Heinrichs, Dr. Elizabete Vizgunova-Vikmane and Justinas Didika. The project is supported by the Service of Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission in collaboration with the European External Action Service, and will be carried out using the knowledge of 22other researchers that form the team of quality assurance and country experts. 

For more information, click here

 

| 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)

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