Assistant Professor, Coventry University

Charis Rice is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University. Charis obtained her PhD from the University of Ulster in the area of Government Communication. She has since held posts as a Lecturer in Communication and as a Research Consultant for a major Management Consultancy.

Her research interests include political and strategic communication in divided societies and exploring employee perceptions of trust, power and organisational change.

Charis has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and edited collections. She regularly presents her work at a host of international conferences including: the International Communication Association (ICA), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), the Political Studies Association (PSA), and the International Conference in Public Policy (ICPP).

She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and part of an international network on Ministerial Advisers.

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Recent Publications

  • Rice, C. and Taylor, M. (in press) “What they say peters down”: How non-profit leaders assess the trustworthiness of government – elite discourse and distrust in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Public Relations Inquiry.
  • Rice, C. and Taylor, M. (2020) ‘Reconciliation isn’t Sexy’: Perceptions of News Media in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland, Journalism Studies, 21(6): 820-837.
  • Rice, C. and Somerville, I. (2018) ‘Dialogue, Democracy and Government Communication: Consociationalism in Northern Ireland’. In M Jakala, D Kuzu & M Qvortrup (Eds.), Consociationalism and Power-Sharing in Europe: Arend Lijphart’s Theory of Political Accommodation (pp.103-127). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Searle, R.H., Rice, C., McConnell, A.A. and Dawson, J. (2017) ‘Bad apples? Bad barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and processes of professional misconduct in UK Health and Social Care: Insights into sexual misconduct and dishonesty’. Professional Standards Agency.
  • Rice, C. and Somerville, I. (2017) ‘Political contest and oppositional voices in post-conflict democracy: The impact of institutional design on government-media relations’, International Journal of Press/Politics, 22(1):92-110.
  • Somerville, I. and Rice, C. (2016) ‘Deliberative democracy and government public relations in a deeply divided society: Exploring the perspectives of Government Information Officers in Northern Ireland’. In: Somerville, I., Taylor, M., Toledano, M., and Hargie, O., (Eds.) International Public Relations: Perspectives from Deeply Divided Societies (pp.72-93). London: Routledge.
  • Rice, C., Somerville, I., and Wilson, J. (2015) 'Democratic Communication and the Role of Special Advisers in Northern Ireland's Consociational Government'. International Journal of Public Administration 38 (1), 4-14.
  • Rice, C., and Somerville, I. (2013) 'Power-sharing and political public relations: Government-press relationships in Northern Ireland's developing democratic institutions'. Public Relations Review, 39 (4), 293-302.

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