Audra Diers-Lawson

    • Professor
  • Institutt for kommunikasjon
  • School of Communication, Leadership and Marketing


Audra Diers-Lawson (PhD, 2006 University of Texas-Austin) is a Professor of Risk and Crisis Communication and Head of the PhD in Communication and Leadership at Kristiania University College in Oslo, Norway.

With more than 35 scientific publications in the last five to six years alone, editing the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, serving on editorial boards or as a reviewer for more than 20 journals, and serving as a section Vice-Chair and Chair for the Crisis Communication Division of the ECREA, Diers-Lawson is a leader in the field of risk and crisis communication. Her research focuses on the connections between risk, crisis, stakeholders, and organizations.

Diers-Lawson’s monograph, Crisis Communication: Managing Stakeholder Relationships (2020) brought together more than 50 years of research on risk and crisis communication to identify important common themes, evaluate theory and practice, and articulate a comprehensive argument for adopting a stakeholder perspective in risk and crisis communication. She and co-editor Stephen Croucher published Pandemic Communication which is an anthology of some of the top scholars in communication to tackle the question, ‘What is pandemic communication?’ from their own sub-field’s perspective. Finally, she translates her research for practice with collaborations and applied research projects with organizations like the EU, World Health Organization, and Asia-Europe Foundation.

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