Winners of EUPRERA awards

Congratulations to all those who created great works which deserved a special recognition!
We have a long list of successful works, have a look!


Evandro Oliveira, Strategic Communication: The Instigatory Theory of NGO Communication (ITNC). Tutors: Teresa Ruão, University of Minho, Portugal; Ansgar Zerfass, Universität Leipzig, Germany.

Irina Lock, Credibility in CSR Communication. Concepts, Methods, Analyses. Tutor: Peter Seele, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Alina Dolea, Country promotion as a public issue in Romania after 1989 –A social constructivist and interdisciplinay approach. Tutor: Camelia Beciu, University of Bucharest, Romania

Previously, the EUPRERA Annual Congress has been the occasion to celebrate the Günter Thiele Award, awarded every two years by the University of Leipzig’s Foundation for the Support of PR-Science (SPRL). Winners of this recognition:

Howard Nothhaft, Communication Management as a professional organisational practice. Theoretical approaches on the basis of a shadowing study. Tutor: Günter Bentele, University of Leipzig, Germany.
In 2011 a sepcial recognition, as second and third places, has been given to:
Anja Prexl, Corporate Sustainability Communication as a Future Oriented Challenge for Public Relations. Normative Theory, Good Practice Examples, and an Empirical Study with Austrian Energy Providers. University of Salzburg, Austria.
Ansgar Thießen, Organisational Communication in Crises. A Model of Situative, Integrated and Strategic Crises Communication. Université de Fribourg, Switzerland.

Julia Jahansoozi, When Interests Collide: The Story of an Industry-Community Relationship. Tutors: Jacquie L’Etang and Matthew Hibberd, University of Stirling, UK.

Frank Herkenhoff, Risk management for Public Relations. Theoretical foundation and instrumental systematics for the management of journalistic risks. Tutor: Günter Bentele, University of Leipzig, Germany.

EUPRERA Bachelor and Master Award

Practical Impact Award: Jérôme Chariatte, The Impact of International News and Stereotypes on Country Images. A Case Study of the Swiss Country Image. Tutor: Diana Ingenhoff, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Theoretical Impact Award: Melissa Walker, Building the Nation: Analysing the Scottish Government’s Public Diplomacy Campaign Scotland is Now in the Context of Brexit. Tutor: Mariola Tarrega, University of Stirling, UK.

Practical Impact Award: Lisa Grimmeiss, Towards a Lobbying Regulation – A comparative study on the efforts to implement a lobby register in the Republic of Ireland and the Federal Republic of Germany. Tutor: Tom Clonan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Theoretical Impact Award: Luisa Bißwanger, Value Creation through Thought Leadership. Theoretical fundamentals and empirical framework. Tutor: Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig, Germany

Practical Impact Award: Celine Bousseronde, B2B digital branding: how to integrate digital channels in the development of a holistic brand experience strategy in the aerospace sector. Tutor: Alex Frame, University of Burgundy, France

Theoretical Impact Award: Nicola McDonagh, Social media logic is demonstrated in communications related to @scotgov in the Autumn 2016 session of the Scottish Parliament. Tutor: Ana Adi, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Theoretical Impact award, Sophia Charlotte Volk, Public Relations Evaluation and Measurement Research: A Systematic Review within the Field’s Academic Journals from 1975 to 2015. Tutor: Ansgar Zerfass, Christine Viertmann, University of Leipzig, Germany

Practical Impact award: Alena Lakova, Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding:Case Study of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2011 in View of the Upcoming Bulgarian Presidency in 2018, Tutor: Astrid Berg, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, The Netherlands

Theoretical impact award: Antonia Hess, Strategic Communication of Non-governmental Organizations:The Role of Volunteers as Communicators and Multipliers, Tutor: Ansgar Zerfass, University of Leipzig, Germany

Bachelor Award: Callum Strode, Is sexuality when salient to a person’s sociocultural identity a significant predictor for other variables in the Situational Theory of Publics? If so, should sociocultural identity be included as an antecedent variable in situational theory? Tutor: Liz Yeomans, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Master Award: Beatriz de Urquijo Isoard, Experience Marketing and Destination Branding: A Qualitative Study of Spanish Consumers’ Decision-Making Process and Image Perception of Mexico and its Magical Towns as a Cultural Touristic Destination. Tutor: Franz Joseph Gellert, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, The Netherlands

Bachelor Award: Liza Tomaszek, The Psychology of Sharing, University of Arts

Master Award: Grace Omondi, Corporate Communication for Ngo: storytelling as a platform reputation management, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Bachelor Award: Tove Nordstrom, Two-way communication potential of social media in public relations: Application by environmental NGOs. Tutor: Nicky Garsten, University og Greenwich, UK

Master Award: Martin Höfelmann, Digital Public Affairs: A new way of strategic framing, dialogical communication and transparent lobbying?, Tutor: Wiebke Möhring, University of Applied Sciences Hannover, Germany

Previously this award was called Jos Willems Award and was launched in 1995: each year two winners were selected, one for the bachelor award and one for the master award.

EUPRERA Best Paper Award

Petrus ter Halle, Pascal de Vries, Liesbeth Hermans, Small But Mighty. Communication Strategies Of Dutch Local Energy Initiatives

Øyvind Ihlen, Ketil Raknes, Anders O. Larson, The Democratic Success of Twitter as a Lobbying tool

Gayadini Imesha Dharmasena Madho Kandage, Margalit Toledano, Kay Weaver, Building Community Resilience: Strategic Communication in Disaster Management

Christian Schwäger, Big Ideas Emerging From a Microscopic Perspective. The Why and How of Conversation Analytic Thinking for Strategic Communication

W. Timothy Coombs and Sherry Holladay, The Conceptual Heritage of Public Relations: Using Public Memory to Explore Constraints and Liberation

Alexander Buhmann, Kateryna Maltseva, Christian Fieseler, Matthes Fleck, Controlling Conversations: The Effects of Moderation Strategies in Online Stakeholder Dialogues

Jens Seiffert-Brockmann and Trevor Diehl, Interactive creative criticism: Effects of Internet memes on stakeholder-company identification

Michael Etter, Matthes Fleck and Roy Müller, The Influence of Social Media Comments on the Public’s Perspection of Crisis Responses

Astrid Spatzier and Jessica Breu, Effects of Knowledge Transfer on the Mediation of Creativity. An Austrian Empirical Study comparing Three Types of Education

Karina Goransson, Anna-Sara Fagerholm, Visual Strategic Communication – an Interdisciplinary New Perspective

Peter Winkler, Michael Etter, Itziar Castell, Strategic CSR Communication between Fashion, Affordance, and Emergence

Cristina Navarro, Angeles Moreno, Ansgar Zerfass, Analysis of social media use and perceptions of public relations practitioners in Latin America. Results from the LCM 2014-15

Alexander Buhmann, Diana Ingenhoff, Grasping the Variability of the “Real Organization”:Towards a Framework for Analyzing Strategic Communication in Light of highly variable organizational contexts

Howard Nothhaft, Sara von Platen, Subjection Under or Emancipation from Management Logic? An analysis of cases in search for public relation’s unique rationality

Astrid Spatzier, Public Relations: Economics vs. Communication Science. Effects of Education on the Practice

Johanna Fawkes, To serve society: the polis and public relations’ professional ethics

Alexander Buhmann, Diana Ingenhoff, Applying Variance-Based Structural Equation Modeling to Analyze Causal Effects Between Target Constructs in Public Relations

Ansgar Zerfass, Dejan Vercic, Markus Wiesenberg, Managing CEO communication and positioning: A cross-national study among corporate communication leaders

Ralph Tench, Angelès Moreno, Competencies of EU Communication Practitioners: Evaluation, Audit and Intervention

Birte Fähnrich, Claudia Janssen , Howard Nothhaft, The German Plagiarism Crisis: Defending and Explaining the Workings of Scholarship on the Front Stage

Camilla Nothhaft , I’m a Lobbyist and I’m Proud – How Lobbyists are Communicating and Negotiating their Roles and Identities in Brussels

Timothy Coombs, Sherry Holladay, Faith-holders as Crisis Managers: The Costa Concordia Crisis Rhetorical Arena on Facebook

Peggy Brønn, Øystein Pedersen Dahlen, Communication Managers as Strategists: Are They Making the Grade Yet? A View of How Other Leaders View Communication Managers and Communication in Norwegian Private and Public Sector Organizations

Jerry Swerling, Kjerstin Thorson, Ansgar Zerfass, Changing Roles, Changing Status: Comparing The Role Of PR Across Organizations In The United States and Europe

Eliane Bucher, Christian Fieseler, Miriam Meckel, Differences In Social Media Usage Among PR Professionals In Europe, Istanbul

Emerald Professional Impact Award

Markus Wiesenberg, Alexander Hagen Godulla, Katharina Tengler, Inga-Marit Noelle, Julia Kloss, Natalie Klein and David Eeckhout, Happy or End: The Role of Strategic Communication in Start-ups

Karolin Köhler, Ansgar Zerfass, Communicating the Corporate Strategy: An International Benchmark Study in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany

Helle Kryger Aggerholm and Sophie Esmann Andersen, ’Recruitainment’ and Social Media 3.0: Towards a New Paradigm of Strategic Recruitment Communication

Jens Seiffert Brockmann, Wolfgang Weitzl and Lena Felzmann, Stakeholder engagement Through Gamification:Effects of User motivation on Psychological and Behavioral stakeholder reactions

Markus Wiesenberg, Creating Social Capital With Higher Standards for the Future PR Profession

EUPRERA Best reviewer Award

Grazia Murtarelli, IULM University, Italy

Anne-Marie Cotton, Arteveldehogheschool, Belgium

Chiara Valentini, Aarhus University, Denmark

Julia Jahansoozi, Royal Roads University, Canada

Susanne Holmström, Roskilde University, Denmark

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