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Dr Alison Henderson

Alison Henderson

Senior Lecturer in Management Communication
Undergraduate/Graduate Convenor for Public Relations

Qualifications: BA(Hons), MMS(Hons), PhD


Contact Details

Email: alison.henderson@waikato.ac.nz
Room: MSB.4.35.I
Phone: +64 7 838 4141

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Alison has a postgraduate qualification in secondary education and has taught in the areas of Organisational Communication and Public Relations. Specific papers include Communicating Social Change, Management and Sustainability, Managing Conflict and Consensus, Negotiation and Persuasion, Corporate Public Relations, Professional and Public Relations Writing, Media and Public Relations, and Professional Speaking and Speechwriting.

Research Interests

Alison Henderson is a Senior lecturer in Management Communication in the Waikato Management School.

Alison’s research interests focus on the management of controversial public issues, particularly issues related to food, health, and the environment. Alison is specifically interested in the social construction of meanings about food policy, influences on public knowledge about food, and the political and social justice implications of organisations’ strategic positioning on such issues.

Alison was the Principal Investigator for a three-year, Marsden-funded research grant project (2010 -2012) examining how key food-producing organisations balance tensions among diverse agendas and translate these into action, especially as they attempt to influence debate about “what counts” as healthy food. Alison’s doctoral research examined and critiqued the social construction of genetic modification in Aotearoa New Zealand, through two case studies of New Zealand industries, and was awarded a Best Dissertation Award by the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management.

Alison is an Associate Editor of the journal Communication, Research and Practice and is on the editorial board of several international journals, including Management Communication QuarterlyJournal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Communication Management and Locale: The Australasi​an-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies. She has guest edited special issues of the Communication Journal of New Zealand, and the Journal of Communication Management.

Alison is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and was the Conference Convenor for the highly successful Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference hosted at the University of Waikato in July 2011.

Recent Publications

  • Henderson, A. (2016). Opportunities in research to communicate with power. In International Communication Association Annual Conference 2016 (pp. 7 pages). Fukuoka, Japan.

  • Brown, D., Oetzel, J., & Henderson, A. (2016). Communication networks of men facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(21-22), 3266-3278. doi:10.1111/jocn.13369

  • McEwen, K., & Henderson, A. (2015). The primary school factors that shape the environmental attitudes and behaviours of children. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference 2015. Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • Henderson, A., Cheney, G., & Weaver, C. K. (2015). The Role of Employee Identification and Organizational Identity in Strategic Communication and Organizational Issues Management about Genetic Modification. International Journal of Business Communication, 52(1), 12-41. doi:10.1177/2329488414560278

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