Webinar Recording - Dr Rose Williamson

Can our political leaders do better in emergencies?

When disaster strikes, political leaders are expected to rise to the occasion. Why do they so often get it wrong? Press reports of responses to natural disaster influence perceptions of political leadership. Reports of Australian prime ministers’ visits to sites of disaster since the early twentieth century show us how reporting of disaster and perceptions of leadership are evolving.


Dr Rose Williamson,School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, University of New England, Armidale (Australia)

DATE: Wednesday 27 April 2022


Dr Rose Williamson is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

She teaches across a range of units in writing and rhetoric. In her research, Rose investigates the ways in which popular genres of writing and communication more generally both reflect and influence Australians’ relation to their natural environment, past and present. She has conducted research on newspaper reports of Australian prime ministers’ responses to natural disaster in the twenty and twenty-first centuries, parliamentary speeches on natural disaster, and stories of natural disaster and the environment in Australian political memoir and in popular magazines.

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