- Dr Bree Devin
QUT Business School,
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
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- Business and Management, Marketing
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member - Public Relations Division, International Communication Association
Public relations, Corporate social responsibility, Sustainable governance, Communication, Institutional theory, Legitimacy, Rhetoric, Qualitative research
- Public relations
- Corporate social responsibility
- Stakeholder engagement
- Sustainable governance
- Institutional theory
- Qualitative research
Bree Devin is a public relations lecturer in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, QUT Business School. Having completed her undergraduate degree at QUT, in which she was awarded the PRIA Queensland Award for the top student in the public relations major, she has since gone on to complete her honours and PhD in the area of organisational communication and corporate social responsibility. With social responsibility increasingly being viewed as a way for organisations to gain a social licence to operate from organisational stakeholders, Bree’s social responsibility research inherently considers implications for stakeholder engagement, and implications of stakeholder engagement.
Bree’s ongoing research draws on her expertise in qualitative research methods, specifically rhetoric communication, document analysis, and in-depth interviews, to provide rich insights into how organisations can address the complex task of managing their impacts on communities, society, and the environment.
Bree was awarded Best Paper at the 2009 Public Relations Institute of Australia Academic Forum, and had the only academic paper presented at the 2009 Public Relations Institute of Australia National Forum to public relations practitioners, managers, and CEOs from around Australia and the world. She has also co-authored a book chapter in The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, which was awarded the National Communication Association’s Pride Award in 2011 for the most Outstanding Book. Bree has presented her research at a number of domestic and internal conferences, including the EGOS Colloquium in Sweden in 2011, the World Public Relations Forum in Melbourne in 2012, and the International Comunication Association Conference in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Bree’s paper at the International Communication Association in London in 2013 was also nominated as a top student paper, while her paper at the Fukuoka conference in 2016 was highly commended.
Bree is currently a member of the Work/Industry Futures Group, which is a group of multidisciplinary researchers that address complex problems in organisational settings in order to advance social justice goals. The group has particular expertise around three themes which emphasise current trends and future developments in Australian and global environmental, economic and human challenges:
- sustainable governance, including the politics of fossil fuels, agribusiness futures and corporate social responsibility
- employability, including precarious and unpaid work, skill development, and workforce futures
- just work, including social media at work, customising work, labour mobility and accessibility.
- Public relations management
- Public relations planning
- Media relations
- Corporate social responsibility/sustainability
- Corporate communication
- Devin BL, (2016) Half-truths and dirty secrets: Omissions in CSR communication, Public Relations Review p226-228
- Devin BL, Lane AB, (2014) Communicating engagement in corporate social responsibility: A meta-level construal of engagement, Journal of Public Relations Research p436-454
- Bartlett J, Devin B, (2011) Management, communication, and corporate social responsibility, The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility p47-66
- Devin B, Bartlett JL, (2009) The challenge of greenwash: how practitioners should communicate discretionary CSR practices, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal p79-94
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.