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Dr Barbara Ryan

Dr Barbara Ryan
Name Barbara Ryan
Position Senior Lecturer (Public Relations)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q213
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1042
Extension 1042
Email
Qualifications BA MitchellCAE , GCertTT&L USQ , MProfComm USQ , PhD RMIT

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified ( 200199 )
  • Business and Management not elsewhere classified ( 150399 )
  • Strategy ( 350799 )
  • Communication And Media Studies not elsewhere classified ( 470199 )

Research interests
Disaster and emergency communications and community engagement
Local government reputation and communication

Currently undertaking research on how communities search for information during a disaster for PhD thesis.

Research undertaken on crisis preparedness of government departments, for publication in 2009.

Professional memberships
Member Public Relations Institute of Australia
Former Councillor PRIA Queensland
Fellow Emergency Media and Public Affairs

Industry affiliations
Foundation Chair, Emergency Media and Public Affairs
Co-ordinator, USQ/ANU Fulbright Scholarship 2013 (US Senior Specialist, Mr Bob Jensen, Department of Homeland Security).

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Disaster communication
Social media
Crisis Communication
Campaign development
Community engagement

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
15 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
15 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Discipline co-ordinator, Public Relations

Research most recent
McLennan, J., Ryan, B., Bearman, C. et al. Fire Technol (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-018-0753-8

Ryan, B. (2018). A model to explain information seeking behaviour by individuals in the response phase of a disaster. Library and Information Science Research, 40.

Ryan, B. (2018). Establishing information seeking pathways in slow and flash floods. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, 9-19. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918304138 doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.04.005

Alam, K., Erdiaw-Kwasie, M. O., Shahiduzzaman, M., & Ryan, B. (2018). Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications. Journal of Rural Studies, 60, 60-69. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0743016717303352 doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.02.009

Ryan, B, (2013), 'Information seeking in a flood', Disaster Prevention and Management, v. 22, no.3.

Ryan, Barbara (2012) Information seeking in a disaster. In: 2012 World Public Relations Forum Research Colloquium, 18-20 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

Ryan, B, 2011, 'What is the significant of communication in emergency management? An empirical analysis', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 25 (1). pp. 54-57.

Ryan, Barbara (2009) Crisis preparedness of government agencies in Australia. In: 2009 Emergency Media and Public Affairs Conference: Engaging in Emergencies, 24-26 May 2009, Melbourne, Australia.

Ryan, B. 2007, 'How can the corporate sector concepts of 'reputation' and 'trust' be used by local government? A study to establish a model of reputation management for local government', Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, v8, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.


Research most notable
Ryan, B. (2018). A model to explain information seeking behaviour by individuals in the response phase of a disaster. Library and Information Science Research, 40.

Ryan, B. (2018). Establishing information seeking pathways in slow and flash floods. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, 9-19. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918304138 doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.04.005


Publications in ePrints

Ryan, Barbara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8887 and Johnston, Kim A. and Taylor, Maureen and McAndrew, Ryan (2020) Community engagement for disaster preparedness: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 49:101655.

Johnston, Kim A. and Taylor, Maureen and Ryan, BarbaraORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8887 (2020) Emergency management communication: The paradox of the positive in public communication for preparedness. Public Relations Review, 46 (2):101903. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0363-8111

Ryan, Barbara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8887 and King, RachelORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3302-0919 (2020) How ready is ready? Measuring physical preparedness for severe storms. Natural Hazards, 104. pp. 171-199. ISSN 0921-030X

Taylor, Maureen and Ryan, BarbaraORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8887 and Johnston, Kim (2020) The missing link in emergency management: evaluating community engagement. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 35 (1). pp. 45-52. ISSN 1324-1540

Johnston, Kim and Ryan, BarbaraORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3338-8887 and Taylor, Maureen (2019) Mapping approaches to community engagement for preparedness in Australia. Project Report. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre , East Melbourne, Australia. [Report]

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified ( 200199 )
  • Business and Management not elsewhere classified ( 150399 )
  • Strategy ( 350799 )
  • Communication And Media Studies not elsewhere classified ( 470199 )


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