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Associate Professor Kim Johnston
Associate Professor
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Advertising, Marketing & PR
Discipline *
Business and Management, Communication and Media Studies, Marketing
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MBus(Comm) (Queensland University of Technology), BNur (Northern Territory University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Non-executive Director  – Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board (Queensland Health)
  • MAICD – Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • AFAMI  CPM  – Associate Fellow – Australian Marketing Institute and Certified Practising Marketer
  • MICA – Member of the International Communication Association

Communication engagement, Employee engagement, Community engagement, Internal communication, Public relations, Qualitative, Strategic communication, Organizational culture, Ethnography

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


Dr Kim Johnston (PhD; MBus; GradCertAcadPrac; BNursing; GenCertNursing) researches social impact, strategic communication and engagement, particularly focusing on how organisations influence stakeholders in a range of community, corporate and government settings. Dr Johnston leads the Stakeholder Engagement Research Group.  Her current funded research projects focus on community engagement for preparedness in disasters (BNHCRC), the environment (Healthy Land and Water Ltd), and social impact (Australian Meat Processors), with extended research interests in workplace communication and eldercom. Dr Johnston teaches postgraduate and undergraduate public relations courses in community engagement, issues management, and corporate media strategy. She is on the Metro North Hospital and Health Services Board (Queensland Health), and is on editorial boards of leading discipline journals including Public Relations Review, the International Journal of Corporate Communication, and the US Institute of Public Relations PR Journal.  She is also editor of the  Handbook of Communication Engagement (July 2018 – Wiley) with  Prof. Maureen Taylor.                                                               

Dr Johnston’s research interests include:

  • Engagement – community and employee
  • Internal or workplace communication
  • Strategic and brand related communication
  • Organisational culture and knowledge structures (as they relate to internal communication)
  • Public relations theory
  • Ethnography and qualitative methods.

SUPERVISION: Dr Johnston welcomes supervision requests for PhD and Masters (research) students in these areas or topics (under consumers, markets and stakeholders):

  • Communication and engagement
  • Internal communication
  • Ethnography

AWARDS:  Dr Johnston has received a number of academic, team and industry awards:

  • 2020: International Champion of Change Award (Community – Group) – Highly Commended – Inspector General Emergency Management Queensland
  • 2018: USA National Communication Award (PR Division) PRIDE Book Award (Innovation, development and education) – awarded for the Handbook of Communication Engagement
  • 2015: QUT Vice-Chancellor Performance Award – contribution to research culture
  • 2012: QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (2011)
  • 2010: Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence Nominee – Faculty Research Ethics Advisors Team
  • 2006: QUT – Team Teaching Award – Faculty of Business
  • 2004: QUT – Team Teaching Award – Commendation, Faculty of Business
  • 2002: PRIA – State Awards for Excellence – Highly Commended – Issues / Crisis Management
  • 2002: PRIA Golden Target Awards: Highly Commended – Issues/ Crisis Management
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kim Johnston.


Teaching interests

  • Corporate media strategy and techniques
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Issues management and public opinion
  • Internal communication and change management
  • Public relations campaigns
  • Qualitative research methods.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kim Johnston.


Research Projects – Funded

  • 2018 – 2019 –  Community Engagement for Preparedness Study – Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC Tactical Research Fund
  • 2016 – 2019 –  Annual SEQ Waterways Community Engagement Study – (Annual Report Card Social Data) Healthy Land and Water
  • 2017-2018 – Public Sentiment Study Queensland Government
  • 2016 – 2017 – Social Impact Study –  Australian Meat Processor Corporation
  • 2015 – Social Values and Use Study – Healthy Waterways Ltd
  • 2015  – Reader engagement study – Gold Cross Pty Ltd
  • 2013 – Employee engagement and internal communication – RACQ
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kim Johnston.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
PRIDE Award for outstanding Innovation, Development, and Educational Achievement in Public Relations
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
Board Member - Appointed to Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Appointed to the editorial board of Public Relations Review
Editor/Contributor of a Prestigious Work of Reference
Reference year
Editor - Handbook of Communication Engagement (Wiley) - 2018
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Editorial Board Member - Corporate Communications: An International Journal
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice Chancellor's Performance Award for Research
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Editorial Board Member Journal of Public Relations Research: 2012-2015


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)