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Assistant Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Charis Rice is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, working in the Trust and Workplace Relations group. Charis obtained her PhD from the University of Ulster in the area of Government Communication. She has since worked as a Lecturer in Communication and as a Research Consultant for a major Management Consultancy.

Her research interests include political communication and exploring trust, power, and communication at an interpersonal and institutional level. Charis has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals such as Public Relations Review and The International Journal of Press/Politics. She has presented her work at a host of international conferences including: the International Communication Association (ICA), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the Political Studies Association (PSA), and the International Conference in Public Policy (ICPP). She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My vision is to produce thought provoking quality research which is relevant to academics, practitioners and wider society. Growing up in post-conflict Northern Ireland, I became aware of the existence of competing public discourses. This experience fuelled my desire to investigate how public messages are produced and disseminated, alongside their impact in a divided society and in contemporary democracies generally. I believe exploring the roles and relationships of elite actors and organisations, such as government and the media, is paramount to understanding the workings – and health – of democratic societies.


  • –present
    Research Associate, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University