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Professor Kay Weaver

Role: Professor of Management Communication and Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Management
Department: Management Communication


Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • Public Relations, Mediaand Issues Management
  • Communication and Strategies of Activism
  • Gender and Communication

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Public Relations
  • Communication Theory and Communication Research Methodologies

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraudate Research, 2011-ongoing
  • Doctoral Convenor, Waikato Management School, 2009-2011
  • Faculty Representative, University of Waikato Post Graduate Studies Committee, 2009-2011
  • External Overseas Moderator, Department of Communication and Languages, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2009-2010
  • Chair of the Steering Committee, External Review of the Bachelor of Communication Studies and Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons), University of Waikato, June 2008.
  • Director, Bachelor of Communication Studies, 2001-2004 and 2007-2009.
  • Qualification Convenor, Bachelor of Communication Studies, 2001-2009.
  • Waikato Management School Management Group, 2001- ongoing
  • University Staff Merit Awards Committee, 1999-2001.


  • Co-principal Investigator, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology New Zealand Science and Technology Dialogue Fund Awards (#2004-05/03), $182,500, 2005.
  • Named Researcher, Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (# UOWX0306), The Impacts of information communication technologies on people in society, $1.25M, 2003-08.
  • Objective Leader, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (#UOWX0227), Socially and culturally sustainable biotechnology, $2.5million, 2003-2005.
  • Named Researcher, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, (#UOWX0016), The socio-economic impacts of information communication technologies, NZ$450,000, 2001-03.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling, Scotland. September –November 2005.
  • Visiting Scholar, The Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, New York, November 2000-February 2001.
  • Research Fellow, Glasgow University Media Group, Glasgow University, 1998.
  • Visiting Scholar, Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research, University of Cardiff, Wales, 1998.

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