Emma Wood is a senior lecturer in communication and a member of QMU’s Centre for Dialogue and Engagement. Her research and practice focusses on the use of dialogue in communications (see Research Interests tab) . She has a background in communication in both financial and business sectors and experience in activism and not-for-profit. She publishes on corporate identity and corporate communication and is a reviewer for, and former editor of, The Journal of Communication Management. She is an elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and course leader of the CIPR’s post-graduate professional diploma in public relations. She is a regular judge of the CIPR and PRCA awards for excellence.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
- Board member of STEKA (Step Kids Awareness) NGO based in Blantyre, Malawi
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
Emma’s research interests currently focus on ways in which dialogue can be used to enable marginalized groups to understand their lived experience as expertise and organize to communicate their views. She has worked very closely with young students to co create ways of managing Fresher’s Week drinking and socialization, and with teenagers in six Edinburgh high schools over the last four years to co create The AlcoLOLs project. It uses dialogue to enable young people to express and listen to authentic views about drinking alcohol and design ways to effect change at different levels within their communities (involving around 3,000 pupils in dialogue to date). She has also used dialogic techniques in a range of situations, from enabling people with lived experience of bereavement to communicate their views to policy makers involved in palliative care, to facilitating parents to identify and articulate views on appropriate high school values.
She also focusses on ways in which organisations can build social capital and legitimacy through corporate communication, corporate image and identity.
Active Research Interests:
- Dialogue, Young people and alcohol, Marginalized and vulnerable young people in Malawi
- Dialogue, Participatory Research, Action research, Focus groups, World café, Citizens Juries
CIPR Professional Diploma.
Emma's lectures and seminars focus on Public Relations, Media, Campaigning and Strategic Communications at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
1987: MA (Hons) English Literature and Film & Television Studies