Bio (Julia Jahansoozi)
Associate Professor, Director
Communication and Culture
Julia Jahansoozi is the director of the School of Communication and Culture. She is a public relations academic with more than 12 years of teaching experience at both the underguaduate and postgraduate levels. Courses she has taught include: public affairs and advocacy, public relations theory, research methods, strategic communication planning, public communication management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills, public diplomacy and strategic communication, media relations, public relations management, international communications, and integrated marketing communications. Her key areas of research interest revolve around organization-community relationships, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, corporate social responsibility and development communication.
Before joining Royal Roads, Jahansoozi taught at the universities of Stirling (Scotland) and Central Lancashire (England) where she developed and led international collaborative programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with partner universities based in Shanghai, Barcelona, Lund, and Utrecht. External academic activities include being on the editorial boards for the Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Relations Research, the Journal of Promotional Communication, as well as the book reviews editor for the Sage journal Public Relations Inquiry.Jahansoozi is an active EUPRERA (European Public Relations Education and Research Association) member and served as a board member from 2002-08. She was elected as an executive board member from 2009-11. She was co-opted as a board trustee for the Network of International Development Organizations in Scotland and served in this role from 2011-13. Before making the switch into academia Jahansoozi worked in public relations practice in both Canada and the UK in consultancy and in-house roles within the private and non-profit sectors.
Jahansoozi has a BSc in psychology (major) and political science (minor) from the University of Victoria, a postgraduate certificate in publishing studies from the Robert Gordon University, an MSc in public relations and a PhD in public relations, both from the University of Stirling. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Günter Thiele Excellence Award for the Best Doctoral & Postdoctoral Theses within Europe in the fields of public relations and communication management. Her PhD thesis, When Interests Collide: The Story of an Industry-Community Relationship, focused on the petroleum industry and its community relationships.