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Dr Merrilyn Delporte

Sessional Academic, Public Relations, Queensland University of Technology

I am a sessional academic teaching Public Relations at QUT, and International Politics at Swinburne Online University. I also have a research, communications and engagement consultancy, helping organisations reach their social objectives. I have a special interest in refugees and social justice issues. My professional background includes eight years working as a foreign policy advisor with PM&C and DFAT (1998-2005); and three years working as policy and communications advisor with State and Federal MPs in Brisbane (2014-2017). I completed my PhD in 2019 specialising in a stakeholder's perspective of advocacy communications, using the campaign for better treatment of Australia's asylum seekers as a case study..


  • 2017–present
    Course coordinator / Teacher, Swinburne Online University
  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2019 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD, Organisational Communications
  • 2002 
    Deakin University, Masters International Development


Nomination for Outstanding Thesis (2019); Women’s Reentry (WRE) to Academic Scholarship