SCC welcomes Julia Jahansoozi


The School of Communication and Culture is excited to welcome new core faculty member Julia Jahansoozi, who arrives on campus June 9. 

Julia is a public relations academic with teaching expertise in public affairs and advocacy, public relations theory, strategic communication planning, social influence, public diplomacy, media relations, public relations management, and marketing communications. Key areas of interest revolve around organization-community relationships, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, corporate social responsibility and development communication.   

Before joining Royal Roads Julia taught at the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK) from 2008 where she developed and was the program director for the MSc Strategic Public Relations (Double Degree with Lund University, Sweden). Whilst at Stirling she also developed a joint degree with Pompeu Fabra Universitat in Barcelona (MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations).  Prior to this Julia worked at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN, UK) from 2001-2008 where she was the division leader for Public Relations and Communication Management. At UCLAN Julia developed and managed collaborative programs in Shanghai (BA (Hons) Business Communication) and in the Netherlands (MSc International Applied Communication - Double Degree).  

External academic activities include being on the editorial boards for the Journal of Communication Management and Journal of Public Relations Research and she also is the book reviews editor for the new Sage journal Public Relations Inquiry.  

Julia has a BSc in Psychology (major) and Political Science (minor) from the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), a PgC in Publishing Studies from the Robert Gordon University, an MSc in Public Relations and a PhD in Public Relations both from the University of Stirling. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Günter-Thiele-Award for Excellent Doctoral & Postdoctoral Theses.

Her PhD thesis - 'When Interests Collide: The Story of an Industry-Community Relationship' focused on the petroleum industry and its community relationships. The research was centred on the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group (Alberta, Canada) and how the petroleum operators were able to collaborate and rebuild their relationship with the local communities in the Sundre region.  

Before making the switch into academia Julia worked in public relations practice in both Canada and the UK in consultancy and in-house roles within the private and non-profit sectors.