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Born in the Netherlands, Dr Petra Theunissen has lived in Germany and South Africa before moving to New Zealand. She studied at various universities and holds a D.Phil (Communication Management) from the University of Pretoria and a M.A. (Communication) (cum laude) from the Rands Afrikaans University. She is a published fiction and non-fiction author, is co-editor of Public Relations and Communication Management: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective, and often volunteers to judge creative writing competitions and review discipline-related material.
Petra has worked in a range of areas suchas public relations, management, consulting and education before joining AUT University. She is also currently an approved doctoral supervisor for Southern Cross University (Australia).
Although her interests span across a wide range of disciplines, such as Public Relations, Knowledge Management, Reputation Management, Intercultural Communication and the Social Media, she has a particular interest in technologies, their current and future applications and impact on various industries and social communities.
Petra views learning as a life-long journey, and believes in working with individuals to develop their own unique 'voice', whether academically or professionally.
Theunissen, P. & Wan Noordin, W.N. (2011). Revisiting 'dialogue' in public relations. Public Relations Review. doi: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.09.006
Theunissen, P., Mersham, G. & A. Rahman, K. (2010).The New Media, Cultural Transformation, Tourism and Orientation. In Z.K. Uslu & C. Bigili (Eds). Media Reviews 2010 Vol 2. Broken Moulds 2: Intercultural Communication, Multicultural. Beta Publishing: Turkey. [pp. 279-309] [Translated into Turkish]
Mersham, G., Theunissen, P. & Peart, J. (2009). Public Relations and Communication Management: An Aotearoa/New Zealand. Pearson: Auckland.
Theunissen, P. (2008).Alien Genes 2 – Infitalis. Whiskey Creek Publishers: Casper, WY, US.
Theunissen, P. (2007). An exploratory study into the perceptions of knowledge and knowledge sources among tertiary students. Annual Conference, New Zealand Communication Association (NZCA), Napier. 5-7 December 2007.
Theunissen, P. (2006). Alien Genes 1 – Daughter of Atuk. Whiskey Creek Publishers: Casper, WY, US.
Theunissen, P. (2006). Change Management Strategy. In Gill, L. & Pio, E. (eds). Organisations and Management. Theory and Applications. Pearsons Education: Auckland. pp 73-89.
Theunissen, P. (2000). The politics of information-sharing. Knowledge Management Seminar. Sententia Consulting, Pretoria (South Africa), 3 Aug 2000.