#EUPRERAtalks series dives into one of the latest trends in the field: how to be a excellent leader, one that ensures a workplace characterized by wellbeing and supportiveness.

Leadership and Wellbeing in Communication Industries
Date: January 30, 2024, Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm CET
What to expect from the webinar

This webinar will discuss wellbeing in communication industries with respect to leadership and workplace culture. The speakers will discuss original research findings collected as part of the EUPRERA research network ‘Women in PR’ where the research team surveyed communication practitioners generally. Panelists will discuss what constitutes excellent leadership, how practitioners assess the supportiveness of their managers, and what wellbeing issues they report. The webinar will run as a round table discussion with Q&A at the end. The coordinator of the webinar is Dr Martina Topić (University of Alabama, US) who also leads the EUPRERA research network.



Dr Anca Anton, University of Bucharest, Romania
Anca Anton is Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences, University of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches marketing communications, corporate public relations, business communication and digital writing. Her research covers the transformations of the PR/comms profession and industry, the intersection of communication and democratised forms of diplomacy, marketing communication, digital governmental communication.

Dr Raluca Moise, City, University of London, UK
Dr. Raluca Moise is Senior Lecturer in Communications at School of Communication & Creativity, City University of London. Her past research in public relations has focused on areas such as new technologies, reputation (individual, organizational; online and classic media); public opinion and public interest. Most recent research explores sustainability in strategic communications: in its occupational field, with a focus on freelancers; in its communication practices, with an emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusivity. Raluca is a member of EUPRERA and an active network member in ‘Women in PR’ and ‘Education in PR’. Prior to joining City, she worked as lecturer at University of the Arts of London and University of Bucharest, also having worked as a practitioner in public relations, advertising and digital publishing.

Dr Nicholas Eng, University of Georgia, US
Dr Nicholas Eng  is Assistant Professor in the department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia, where he teaches PR Foundations and PR Ethics, Diversity, and Cross-cultural Leadership. His research investigates the interplay between message features and audience factors in shaping psychological and behavioral responses to messages about health and the environment. His research agenda also includes advancing research around corporate social responsibility and corporate social advocacy.

Dr Michal Chmiel, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Michal Chmiel (Ph.D., SFHEA, MCIPR) is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Psychology. He has been involved in Public Relations UG and PG education for 15 years. Formerly BA (Hons) Public Relations Course Leader at London College of Communication (UAL), he is now BSc (Hons) Programme Director for Environment and Social Change at Royal Holloway, University of London. Michal’s research interests focus on the role of the impact of Brand PR on the society, fake news, and PR education.

Dr Maria Joao Cunha, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Maria João Cunha has a PhD in Communication Sciences, specialized in Sociology of Communication. She is an Associate Professor at Institute of Social and Political Sciences, in the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a co-founding member and integrated researcher of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Gender Studies (CIEG/ISCSP-ULisboa), also currently acting as subdirector. She is a member of EUPRERA, in Women in PR network. She develops research in gender studies, with particular interest in women’s role in communication industries, media representations of women and vulnerable groups, gender violence and body image.


Dr Martina Topic, University of Alabama, US
Dr Martina Topić is an associate professor in PR leadership at the University of Alabama, College of Communication and Information Sciences, Department of Advertising and PR, USA. She is editor-in-chief of Corporate Communications and Northern Lights journals and editor-in-chief of the book series ‘Women, Economics and Labour Relations’. She is an author of Workplace Culture in Mass Communication Industries (Routledge, 2023) and CSR and Environmental Affairs in the British Press (Routledge, 2021). She is a member of the American Sociological Association, British Sociological Association, and EUPRERA.


1 hour