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Alison Henderson

Senior Lecturer – School of Management, Marketing and Strategy

Room:         MSB.4.35I
Telephone: (64 7) 838 4141
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Current Office Hours: A and B Semester: By appointment

Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
New Zealand
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Alison Henderson is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Management Communication. She is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and was the Conference Convenor for the highly successful Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference hosted at the University of Waikato in July 2011.

Alison’s research interests focus on the management of controversial public issues, particularly issues related to food, health, and the environment. Alison is currently the Principal Investigator for a three-year, Marsden-funded research grant project examining how key food-producing organisations balance tensions among diverse agendas and translate these into action, especially as they attempt to influence debate about “what counts” as healthy food. She is particularly interested in the social construction of meanings about public policy issues, influences on public knowledge, and the political and social justice implications of organisations’ strategic positioning on such issues. Alison’s doctoral research examined and critiqued the social construction of genetic modification in Aotearoa New Zealand, through two case studies of New Zealand industries, and was awarded a Best Dissertation Award by the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management.

Alison is on the editorial board of several international journals, including Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Locale: The Australasi​an-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies. She has guest edited special issues of the Communication Journal of New Zealand, and the Journal of Communication Management, and has published in the Journal of Public Relations, Journal of Communication Management, Australian Journal of Communication, and Communication Journal of New Zealand.

Alison has a postgraduate qualification in secondary education and loves interacting with students. She teaches across papers within both Organisational Communication and Public Relations including Communicating Social Change, Management and Sustainability, Managing Conflict and Consensus, Negotiation and Persuasion, Corporate Public Relations, Professional and Public Relations Writing, Media and Public Relations, and Professional Speaking and Speechwriting.