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Kerrie Milburn

Lecturer, Public Relations / Advertising


Kerrie lectures in Public Relations in the School of Media and Communication, and supervises students undertaking professional placements/internships with industry. She has been a member of Swinburne’s Academic Senate and Academic Policy and Regulation Committee, chair of the Department of Media and Communication’s Teaching and Learning Committee, and a member of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) Academic Committee. She has broad knowledge of the tertiary sector through program development, teaching (post- and undergraduate levels), and consulting at four major Melbourne universities, and significant experience in the establishment of partner arrangements between universities, professional bodies and industry.

Kerrie is completing her PhD at Swinburne, investigating the ‘rebirth’ of public relations in West Germany, after the experience of National Socialism. Her research interests include propaganda and persuasion, public relations ethics, public relations history and German public relations. She is also interested in issues and crisis communication, and interpersonal communication, particularly verbal and written presentation skills. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (German Studies), Graduate Diploma in Languages, Bachelor of Arts, and Associate Diploma in Professional Writing.

Prior to joining Swinburne full-time, Kerrie had a highly successful professional practice career in public relations as both a consultant and in-house employee, with ASX Top 100 companies, government, and non-profit organisations. She has Board experience with Kimberly-Clark Australia and BreastScreen Victoria. Kerrie was elected a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) in 2000 and is a former Victorian President of the Institute.

Research interests

Propaganda and persuasion; Public relations ethics; Public relations history; German public relations

Fields of Research

  • Other Language, Communication And Culture - 479900
  • Communication And Media Studies - 470100

Teaching areas

Public Relations Theory and Practice;Global Public Relations;Issues, Crisis and Risk Communication;Professional Communication Practice


Also published as: Milburn, Kerrie; Milburn, K.; Milburn, Kerry
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