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Dr Bree Hurst
Senior Lecturer
QUT Business School,
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Discipline *
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)

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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

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research interests:

  • Public relations
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sustainable governance
  • Rhetoric
  • Communication
  • Institutional theory
  • Legitimacy
  • Qualitative research

Dr Bree Hurst 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 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.
This information has been contributed by Dr Bree Hurst.


Teaching interests:

  • Public relations management
  • Public relations planning
  • Media relations
  • Corporate social responsibility/sustainability
  • Corporate communication
This information has been contributed by Dr Bree Hurst.


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