The Network for Public Relations and Society is co-ordinated by Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman. It is constituted and advised by an international group of associate scholars and practitioners.
Simon Collister, Co-Director
Simon is a senior lecturer in the School of Media at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society.
His areas of research include the relationship between PR, social and digital media and the ways in which the materiality of the contemporary networked environment communication, such as computational infrastructure and algorithms, are re-shaping the discipline.
Simon is also interested in power and mediation and the shaping of societal issues through the strategic application of communications management – an area he is currently exploring in detail through doctoral research with the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. See his blog for more information
Publications include: ‘Social Media and the Third Sector’ in Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals (Wiley & Sons) and ‘The Public Relations Power of Big Data’ in Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals (Wiley & Sons). He is a co-author of ‘Text Mining and Social Media: When Quantitative Meets Qualitative, and Software Meets Humans’ in the forthcoming Innovations in Digital Research Methods by Peter J Halfpenny and Robert Procter due for release in 2015 from Sage.
Prior to joining LCC Simon worked in the public relations sector for more than 10 years. Initially working in traditional press and policy roles with national NGOs he later held senior digital roles and worked across corporate, consumer, public sector and political clients in some of the world’s largest agencies, including We Are Social, Weber Shandwick and Edelman.
Sarah Roberts-Bowman, Co-Director
Sarah is course leader for MA Public Relations at LCC, co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society and practitioner with over 20 years PR experience working across the public, private and not-for-profit sector. From helping establish BT’s European public affairs strategy, to working with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, there is not much Sarah hasn’t been involved with over her career.
For the last five years Sarah has become increasingly involved in PR research and education with visiting lecturing roles in a number of UK universities before coming to LCC to overhaul the MA programme. She is a doctoral student with a specialist focus on public affairs, knowledge and competencies.
Her other research interests include sense-making, story telling and visual communications as it relates to organizational change and PR practice from a postmodernist perspective. She is passionate about the possibility of curating PR.