Crisis Communication Graduate Student/PhD Workshop

We would like to invite all Young Scholars to apply for the comprehensive YECREA Graduate Student/PhD Workshop until May 31. The workshop is organised within the ECREA’s Crisis Communication Section / 6th International Crisis Communication Conference that will take place in Leeds from October 3 – October 5, 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, inclusive of a simulation or social media workshop, is £80. This will include lunches, tea, and snacks throughout the two days as well as any materials for the workshop.

October 1 from 12 – 5 pm 

On the first day of the workshop, we begin with a networking buffet lunch and then Professor Dr. Ralph Tench (Leeds Beckett University, UK) will give a short lecture on how Corporate Social Responsibility Research can contribute to and be interlinked with questions of the Crisis Communication Research Field. This lecture will be followed by a joint discussion. Thereafter, participants present an outline of their Ph.D. project and receive feedback by two distinguished scholars with a broad experience in supervising PhD projects – Dr. Ralph Tench and Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson (both Leeds Beckett University).

October 2 from 9 am – 4 pm 

In the morning of the second day of the workshop, Professor Dr. Stephen Croucher (Massey University, NZ) will give a short lecture on how Cross-Cultural Research con contribute to and be interlinked with questions of the Crisis Communication Research Field. This lecture will also be followed by a joint discussion. Thereafter, participants present an outline of their Ph.D. project and receive feedback by two distinguished scholars with a broad experience in supervising PhD projects – Dr. Stephen Croucher and Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson.

After lunch, participants can choose between two half-day sessions – a Simulation Workshop or a Social Media Analysis Workshop. The Simulation Workshop will have you experience a crisis simulation, discuss integrating simulations into classroom and training, and recommendations for developing simulations with Dr. Audra Diers-Lawson. During the Social Media Workshop, Daniel Vogler, the Head of Research for the Research Institute of Public and Society at the University of Zurich, will introduce the analysis of Twitter.

Please note that these two workshops are open for all interested researchers and can also be booked separately through the conference website for £30 including a buffet lunch.

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 M.A. and Ph.D. 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.

Application

To apply for the workshop, please prepare the following two documents:

1. An extended abstract of up to 500 words outlining your project (literature excluded)
2. A short letter of motivation stating why you would like to participate and which questions you want to see addressed; it should also mention your doctoral advisor as well as a rough time schedule for your project.

The documents must be submitted to Janina Schier (Janina.Schier@ifkw.lmu.de) until May 31, 2019. In case your proposal is accepted, you will receive a notification by mid-June 2019. There is no need to be a member of the Crisis Communication Section to apply, but please note that the capacity of the workshop is limited. A jury will select the applications according to standards of academic quality like theoretical foundation, stringency, and originality.

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: https://leedstalkspr.com/crisis6-2019/.

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