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Adjunct professor, professional communication, University of Canberra

Jim Mahoney is an Adjunct professor in professional communiucation in the News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. He is a former Head, Discipline of Communication and former Convenor of the Master of Strategic Communication, and Public Relations degrees at the University of Canberra. He taught public relations practice and strategy at undergraduate level and strategic issues analysis and management at postgraduate level. Jim holds a PhD (Canberra) Master of Arts in Communication (Research) (Canberra) and a Bachelor of Arts (ANU). He is a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Councillor of its ACT Division.

Prior to joining the University of Canberra, Jim had a career as a senior public relations practitioner and manager in private industry, for Federal government agencies, and in the tertiary education sector. He taught public relations strategy and practice at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and public relations writing to undergraduate students.

His books are Public Relations Writing, 3rd ed. (2017, Oxford University Press), Strategic Communication: Campaign Planning, 2nd ed. (2016, Oxford University Press), and (ed.) A Bushman Remembers (2003, Central Queensland University Press).

Jim's research interests include the implications of the three horizons of business planning on strategic communication, public relations evaluation, and public relations education. Jim's doctoral research and thesis examined issues management and strategic communication. His Masters research examined employee communication during organisational change, using a major Australian government agency as the case. He is working on a new book exploring long-term issues management and strategic communication for Routledge.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor in Public Relations , University of Canberra


  • 2015 
    University of Canberra, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of Canberra, Master of Arts in Communication (Research)
  • 1979 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2013
    Strategic Communication Principles and Practice, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
  • 2013
    Public Relations Writing, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press, Melbourne
  • 2003
    A Bushman Remembers, Central Queensland University Press

Professional Memberships

  • Life Fellow, Public Relations Institute of Australia