What can science communication learn from public relations?

This essay explores the relationship of science communication and public relations and contends that science communication has something to learn from public relations research.

Recent CPAS PhD Dr Tara Roberson provides an alternate history of public relations, drawn from the history of social movements (activism).

She outlines two areas from public relations theory: first, notions of human agency and equity in communication and, second, public interest in public communication.

In doing so, she highlights how research from critical public relations could contribute to science communication efforts to enable participation with science and technology from wider, more diverse publics.

Read the full article in the Journal of Science Communication