- Øyvind Ihlen
- Professor and co-director of the Centre for Study of Political Communication at the Department of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
- President of EUPRERA – European Public Relations Education and Research Association
- Norwegian editor of Rhetorica Scandinavica
- Regional editor of Public Relations Inquiry
- Total citations and H-index
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo
P.O.Box 1093 Blindern, N-0317 OSLO, Norway
Visiting Address: Forskningsparken II, Gaustadalléen 21
Phone: +47 22 85 04 00
2004: Dr.art. [PhD], Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo, Norway
1995: Cand.polit. [Master’s equivalent], Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
1992: Cand.mag. [Bachelor of Arts equivalent], U of Oslo
2011–dd: Professor, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
2011–2011: Associate Professor, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
2009–2011: Professor II, Hedmark U College, Norway
2009–2010: Professor, BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo
2006–2009: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
2004–2006: Senior Research Fellow, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
2004–2009: Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis), Hedmark U College, Norway
2000–2004: Research Fellow, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
2003–2004: Associate Professor (førstelektor), Hedmark U College
1996–2003: Assistant Professor, Hedmark U College
1998–1999: Advisor, media-monitoring agency Observer Norske Argus, Oslo
1997–1998: Researcher, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
1996–1998: Lecturer, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
1995–1997: Public Relations Consultant, the climate research center CICERO, Oslo
1993–1997: Editorial board member and journalist in the music magazine BEAT, Oslo
1993–1997: Research Assistant, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
1991–1993: Journalist in the student paper Universitas, U of Oslo
1988–1991: Editor of music magazine Rock Furore, Oslo
1984–1988: Freelance Journalist
Expertise and knowledge
- First full time professor (2009) in strategic communication in Norway, now holds a professorship in journalism (since 2011).
- Placed in the top 30 list of the world’s most productive scholars in public relations (Source: Pasadeos, Berger, & Renfro, 2010).
- A high international standing is demonstrated by a host of prizes, number of editorial board memberships, evaluator assignments, as well as book endorsements for publishers like Routledge and Pearson (e.g., Exploring Public Relations, Gender and Public Relations, Pathways to Public Relations).
- Academic leadership demonstrated by key publications like Public Relations and Social Theory (forthcoming 2nd edition, Routledge), Handbook of Communication and Corporate social Responsibility (Wiley Blackwell, 2011), and Handbook of Organizational Rhetoric (forthcoming, Wiley Blackwell).
- Regularly invited to contribute to key publications in the public relations field and beyond (e.g., the SAGE Handbook of Public Relations, Handbook of Strategic Communication, Handbook on Mediatization of Communication, and Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility).
- Two publications have been reprinted in the discipline defining 4-volume collection Strategic Communication (Sage, 2014).
- Four main theoretical contributions:
- Demonstrated how public relations uses rhetoric and different capital forms as part of societal struggles
- Harnessed a sociological perspective on public relations showing the influence of corporate economic rationality.
- Enhanced the understanding of environmental rhetoric, particularly pertaining to corporate claims of sustainability.
- Increased the knowledge of the dynamics of framing contests.
Funding ID (Participant or leader of the following recent research projects)
- 2014–2018: “Communicating Risk in the Digital Age“ (DIGICOM); SAMRISK, the Norwegian Research Council; partner; EURO 800K
- 2013: “Digital Dialogue on Risk and Crisis: Co-construction in Social Media” (DiD); SAMRISK-program, the Norwegian Research Council; head; EURO 12K
- 2010–2014: ”Mediation of migration” (MoM); Welfare, Working Life and Migration (VAM)-program, the Norwegian Research Coucil; head of sub-project; EURO 1,2 million
- 2006–2009: ”Communication and corporate responsibility in Norway” Post.doc. fellowship, the Norwegian Research Council (FRIHUM) EURO 280K
- 2004-2006: ”A source of wealth and distress: The new reputation problems of the petroleum sector”, the Norwegian Research Council (PETROPOL), EURO 243K
- 2000–2004: ”Environmental rhetoric: Communication strategies in the Norwegian field of energy and environment” PhD fellowship, the Norwegian Research Council (FRIHUM), EURO 146K
- 1998: “Media and the environment,” Research fellowship, Norwegian Media Authority; EURO 9K
10 representative publications
- Ihlen, Ø., & Roper, J. (2014). Corporate reports on sustainability and sustainable development: ’We have arrived’. Sustainable Development, 22, 42-51.
- Ihlen, Ø., & Verhoeven, P. (2012). A public relations identity for the 2010s. Public Relations Inquiry, 1(2), 159-176. Reprinted in 4 volume set Strategic Communication (Sage, 2014).
- Ihlen, Ø. (2009). Business and climate change: The climate response of the world’s 30 largest corporations. Environmental Communication, 3(2), 244-262. The paper is currently the sixth most read on the journal’s website
- Ihlen, Ø. (2009). The oxymoron of ‘sustainable oil production’: The case of the Norwegian oil industry. Business Strategy and the Environment, 18(1), 53-63.
- Ihlen, Ø. (2008). Mapping the environment of corporate social responsibility. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 13(2), 135-146. Prize for best article.
- Ihlen, Ø. (2007). Building on Bourdieu: A sociological grasp of public relations. Public Relations Review, 33(3), 269-274. Prize for best PR article in 2007.
- Ihlen, Ø., & van Ruler, B. (2007). How public relations works: Theoretical roots and public relations perspectives. Public Relations Review, 33(3), 243-248. Reprinted in 4 volume set Strategic Communication (Sage, 2014).
- Ihlen, Ø. (2005). The power of social capital: Adapting Bourdieu to the study of public relations. Public Relations Review, 31(4), 492-496.
- Ihlen, Ø. (2002). Defending the Mercedes A-Class: Combining and changing crisis response strategies. Journal of Public Relations Research, 14(3), 185-206.
- Ihlen, Ø. (2002). Rhetoric and resources: Notes for a new approach to public relations and issues management. Journal of Public Affairs, 2(4) 259-269.
Awards, Keynotes, Grants, Recognitions
- 2017 Keynote address XI Congresso Brasileiro Científico de Comunicação Organizacional e de Relações Públicas, ABRACORP, May 15-19, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- 2014: ACORN Presenter Commendations, Corporate Communication International Conference on Corporate Communication 2014
- 2014: Keynote address International Conference on Social Responsibility Education and Practices, July 3-5, 2014, Izmir, Turkey
- 2013: Keynote address Strategica: Int. Conference, June 27–28 Bucharest, Romania
- 2013: Keynote address PR and Disruption: Embracing and Managing Change, July 10, London College of Communication, London, UK
- 2012: Highly Commended Paper Journal of Communication Management – “Framing expertise and media framing” (with Viorela Dan)
- 2011: Pride Award, Best Scholarly Book – Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, PR Division, National Communication Association, USA. The prize is given by one of the largest academic public relations chapters in the world.
- 2010: Keynote address The Eleventh National Communication Ethics Conference, June 3–6, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- 2008: Best Paper Award – Corporate Communications: An International Journal for the paper “Mapping the environment of corporate social responsibility”
- 2008: Pride Award, Best Article 2007, PR Division, National Communication Association, USA – “Building on Bourdieu” in Public Relations Review. I am the first Norwegian to be given this prize by one of the largest academic public relations chapters in the world.
- 2005: The Norwegian Communication Association’s scholarly stipend
- 2003: The Norwegian Communication Association’s scholarly stipend
Journal Board Memberships and Referee Work
- 2017–dd: Journal of Public Interest Communications
- 2013–dd: Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy
- 2012–dd: Emerald book series Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability
- 2012–15: Journal of Public Relations Research
- 2010–dd: Public Relations Inquiry
- 2010–dd: Journal of Communication Management
- 2010–dd: Rhetorica Scandinavica (Norwegian editor 2014–dd)
- 2008–dd: Review of Communication
- 2008–dd: Open Communication Journal
- 2008–12: International Journal of Strategic Communication
- 2007–dd: Corporate Communications: An International Journal
- 2007–dd: Public Relations Review
- Other journal referee work: Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Political Communication, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of Communication, Business Strategy and the Environment, Norsk medietidsskrift, Environmental Communication Yearbook, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, NORDICOM Review, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Norsk statsvitenskapelig tidsskrift, Atlantic Journal of Communication, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, Journal of Yasar University
- Referee work for publishers: Pearson Education, Hampton Press, Wiley Blackwell, Routledge, Palgrave McMillan, Sage
- Conference referee work: National Communication Association’s PR division, International Communication Association’s PR division, EUPRERA, “Communicating Green” Brussels
Evaluator, tenure track/hiring committees
- 2017: PhD-opponent, Camilla Nothhaft, University of Örebro, Sweden
- 2017: Promotion committee, Professor position, Paul Willis, University of Huddersfield, UK
- 2017: Associate professorship committee, Aarhus University, Denmark
- 2016: PhD-opponent, Cristina Grandien, University of Mid-Sweden
- 2016: Promotion committee, Professor position, Mike Nitz, Augustana Collge, US
- 2016: Promotion committee, Docent, James Pamment, Lund U, Sweden
- 2015: PhD-opponent, Laura Olkonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
- 2015: Post.doc. committee, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
- 2015: PhD-evaluator, Susanne Pratt, U of New South Wales, Australia
- 2015-17: External examiner, Stirling University, UK
- 2015: Associate professorship committee, Lund University, Sweden
- 2015: PhD-opponent, Susanna Magnusson, Lund University, Sweden
- 2013: PhD-committee, Terje Skjerdal, Dep. of Media and Comm, U of Oslo
- 2012: PhD-committee, Jens Barland, Dep. of Media and Comm, U of Oslo
- 2012: PhD-committee, Rolf Werenskiold, Dep. of Media and Comm, U of Oslo
- 2012: Promotion committee, Professor position, Debashih Munshi, U of Waikato
- 2012: Lecturer, committee, Dep. of Media and Communication, U of Oslo
- 2012: Tenure committee, Angela Mak, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore
- 2012: Tenure committee, Erik Garrett, Duquesne U, USA
- 2011: Associate professorship committee, Dep. of Media and Comm., U of Oslo
- 2010: Associate professorship committee, BI Norwegian Business School
- 2009: Tenure committee, Amy O’Connor, North Dakota State U, USA
Supervision (Dep. of Media and Comm., U of Oslo)
- 2017-dd: PhD Ketil Raknes
- 2016-dd: PhD Christopher Wilson
- 2004-dd: 53 master students
Taught numerous courses related to public relations/strategic communication and journalism at the BA and MA level since 1996 at the Hedmark U College, U of Oslo, and the Norwegian School of Management. Current courses include:
- MEVIT2610 – Politisk kommunikasjon: Makt, aktører og prosesser
- MEVIT4326 – Strategisk kommunikasjon i samfunnet
- MEVIT4327 – Anvendt strategisk kommunikasjon
- 2017-dd: Program council, Master in Organization, Management and Adm, Fac, of Social Science, UiO
- 2016–2017: Member of Task Force on Journal Affiliation, ICA PR division
- 2016–2017: President, EUPRERA
- 2015–2016: President Elect, EUPRERA
- 2012–2014: Executive director, EUPRERA
- 2013–dd: Vice-board member, Dep. of Media and Communication
- 2012-dd: Deputy member, national committee on disputes about reporting of publishing (NVI)
- 2008–dd: Member, ethics council of the Norwegian Communication Association
- 2008–2009: Vice chair of the Public Relations Division, ICA
- 2005–2006: Jury member, the Norwegian Communication Association’s Professional Award
- 2004–dd: Member, ICA PR Taskforce on Cross-national Research Collaboration (CNRC)
- 2004–2006: Vice chair, political comm. group, the Association of Norwegian Media Researchers
- 2004–2005: Member of the Ethics Committee of the Norwegian Public Relations Consultants Association (NPRCA)
- 2002–2006: Board member of LOKE, the Nordic network for research in Legitimacy, Organization, Communication and Ethics
- 2003–2004: Vice-board member, Dep. of Media and Communication
- 2002–2004: Board member, Dep. of Media and Communication Alumni Association
- 2001–2002: Board member, Dep. of Media and Communication External Services
- 2000–2003: Board member, The Minor Foundation for the Major Challenge
- School of Management and Marketing, U of Wollongong, Australia (March–May, 2008)
- Waikato Management School, U of Waikato, New Zealand (February–March, 2008)
- Annenberg School of Communication, U of Southern California; USA (August–November 2006)
- Dep. of Communication, Purdue U, IN, USA (November–December 2002)
- Film and Media Dep., U of Stirling, Scotland (September–October 2002)
- Film and Media Dep., U of Stirling, Scotland (September–December 2001)
- International Communication Association (ICA)
- The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA)
- Association of Norwegian Media Researchers
- The Norwegian Communication Association
- The US National Communication Association (NCA)
- The International Environmental Communication Association
Invited presentations (selected)
- 2014 University of Helsingborg, Sweden
- 2014 University of Umeå, Sweden
- 2013 Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
- 2010 Université Cahtolique de Louvain, Belgium
- 2007 University of Sydney, Australia
- 2007 University of Wollongong, Australia
- 2007 University of Waikato, New Zealand
- 2002 Purdue University, USA
- 2002 University of Stirling, Scotland
- With Betteke van Ruler of special issue of Public Relations Review on social theory and public relations, 2007
- With Jonas Gabrielsen and Lena Lid Falkman of a special issue of Rhetorica Scandinavica on corporate rhetoric, forthcoming