Dr Bree Hurst

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Bree Hurst is a Senior Lecturer at the QUT Business School. She has a PhD in corporate social responsibility and organisational communication.  Bree’s ongoing research seeks to provide rich insights into how organisations can address the complex task of managing their impacts on communities, society, and the environment. Her research is largely centred around the interrelated topics of social license to operate, social impact, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder engagement, and organisational communication.

Bree has had her work published in a number of academic journals and books, including the the Journal of Business Ethics (Financial Times Top 50 journal) and awarding winning handbooks, Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility and Handbook of Communication Engagement. She has received over $400K in research funding in the areas of social impact and social license to operate and is currently co-editing a special issue on social license to operate, social impact, and engagement in Public Relations Review. Bree has also been invited to present at industry seminars as an expert on social license to operate and social impact, including at the 2019 London Benchmarking Group’s Social Impact Conference, and to the Queensland Social Responsibility Network.

Bree is currently a member of the Centre for Decent Work & Industry, which is a group of multidisciplinary researchers that address complex problems in organisational settings in order to advance social justice goals. The group has particular expertise around:

  • responsible governance, including the politics of fossil fuels, agribusiness futures and corporate social responsibility; and
  • sustainable transitions, including precarious and unpaid work, skill development, and workforce futures, labour mobility and accessibility.


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