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Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Dr John Harrison brings several decades of professional practice in journalism and communication to his work at UQ. He has worked in print, radio and television as a journalist, editor and producer, and has won awards for his journalism.

John Harrison has a high level of expertise in the crafting of strategic messages for non-profit causes. He is one of the brains – along with burns surgeon Dr Michael Muller, and filmmaker Bruce Redman - behind the acclaimed “Don’t be a flamin’ fool” tv ad campaign for burns prevention. This campaign, funded by the Queensland Trauma Network, went to air in early 2010.

At UQ he teaches both journalism and professional communication, and has pioneered the use of service learning project teams in the communication program. An award winning university teacher, John Harrison is known and recognized for his innovative teaching practice, and for his teaching and research collaboration with colleagues in science, medicine and engineering.

His most recent book Brand-Aid: Brand Power at the heart of your business (co-authored with Allan Bonsall).


  • 1992–present
    Academic, The University of Queensland


  • 1991 
    The University of Queensland, PhD