Joel RasmussenTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Phone: +46 19 301402
About Joel Rasmussen
Joel's research is about organizational communication concerning risks and safety, and the implications for organizational and professional identity, issues of responsibility, and implemented measures. The research spans a wide area, from how risks are communicated and understood among staff and managers in chemical industrial environments, to how organizations are stretched beyond old boundaries and shaped and reshaped through their online presence. Particular focus has been given to the role that social media plays for the patterns of communication and understanding of risk that arise in public sector organizations, with case studies related to counter-terrorism and communications staff. His latest (now ongoing) projects focus on government strategies in dealing with both the pandemic and nuclear accidents, as well as citizens' attitudes to the management and the roles it creates.
Publications and commissions
Joel is the author of about 25 scientific articles, book chapters and reports. He was hired by the Swedish Corona Commission to contribute with analysis of government communication, and his report was published in 2022 together with the Commission's final report. Together with Gwen Bouvier he also recently completed the monograph Qualitative Research Using Social Media (Routledge, 2022). One of his latest research articles, in the journal Human Relations (2021), is about emergency services organizations' increasingly informal, promotional, personal, and multi-voiced communication on social media, and what it means for their organizational identity and ethos as bureaucracies. Joel has also given talks at NGOs as well as public and private organizations. He has conducted research with funding from the Competence Center for Energetic Materials (KCEM), the Swedish Association for Social and Mental Health (RSMH), the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Handisam/Hjärnkoll, Formas, and the Norwegian Research Council.
Joel teaches strategic communication, communication theory, organizational theory, risk and crisis communication, and supervises theses from undergraduate to master's level. He is the program manager for the Master's program in strategic communication. He has also had overall responsibility for the MKV education in Örebro at basic and advanced level in the roles of unit manager and director of studies.
Articles in journals
- Rasmussen, J. (2021). Share a little of that human touch: The marketable ordinariness of security and emergency agencies' social media efforts. Human Relations, 74 (9), 1421-1446.
- Rasmussen, J. , Ewald, J. & Sterner, T. (2020). Gender and life-stage dependent reactions to the risk of radioactive contamination: A survey experiment in Sweden. PLOS ONE, 15 (4).
- Rasmussen, J. (2017). Recent research on the discursive construction of national identity . Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 12 (2), 181-187.
- Rasmussen, J. & Ihlen, Ø. (2017). Risk, crisis, and social media: A systematic review of seven years' research. Nordicom Review, 38 (2), 1-17.
- Rasmussen, J. (2017). ‘Welcome to Twitter, @CIA. Better late than never’: Communication professionals’ views of social media humour and implications for organizational identity. Discourse & Communication, 11 (1), 89-110.
- Rasmussen, J. (2015). “Should each of us take over the role as watcher?”: Attitudes on Twitter toward the 2014 Norwegian terror alert. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 10 (2), 197-213.
- Rasmussen, J. (2013). Governing the workplace or the worker?: evolving dilemmas in chemical professionals' discourse on occupational health and safety. Discourse & Communication, 7 (1), 75-94.
- Rasmussen, J. & Kroon Lundell, Å. (2012). Understanding “communication gaps” among personnel in high-risk workplaces from a dialogical perspective. Safety Science, 50 (1), 39-47.
- Rasmussen, J. (2011). Enabling selves to conduct themselves safely: safety committee discourse as governmentality in practice. Human Relations, 64 (3), 459-478.
- Höijer, B. & Rasmussen, J. (2007). Making sense of violent events in public spaces: citizens' cognitions and emotions of society and self in relation to mediated violence. Nordicom Review, 28 (1), 3-15.
- Bouvier, G. & Rasmussen, J. (2022). Qualitative Research Using Social Media. London: Routledge.
Chapters in books
- Rasmussen, J. (2016). Governing safe operations at a distance: Enacting responsible risk communication at work. In: P. McIlvenny, J. Zhukova Klausen & L. Bang Lindegaard, Studies of Discourse and Governmentality: New Perspectives and Methods (pp. 179-207). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
- Rasmussen, J. (2015). The challenge of improving the public representation of mental illness: a case study of crime reporting and a call for radical change. In: Enric Ordeix, Valérie Carayol, Ralph Tench, Public relations, values and cultural identity (pp. 181-197). Bruxelles, Belgium: Peter Lang Publishing Group.
- Rasmussen, J. (2014). Multimodal analys: att förstå det visuella varumärket. In: Åsa Thelander & Jörgen Eksell, Kvalitativa metoder i strategisk kommunikation (pp. 165-181). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
- Rasmussen, J. (2011). Discourses and identity positionings in chemical plant employees' accounts of incident reporting. In: Stig Arne Nohrstedt, Communicating risks: towards the threat society (pp. 197-222). Göteborg: Nordicom.
- Rasmussen, J. (2007). Ideological horizons in the media: mental illness and violent crime. In: Birgitta Höijer, Ideological horizons in media and citizen discourses: theoretical and methodological approaches (pp. 95-117). Göteborg: Nordicom.
- Rasmussen, J. (2022). Communication and risks: Lessons for prompting protective behavior. Paper presented at One Health Sweden Scientific Meeting 2022: Pandemics and Preparedness, Uppsala, Sweden, March 29-30, 2022.
- Rasmussen, J. (2021). A scenario-based focus group study on attitudes toward returning or migrating in the aftermath of radionuclide decontamination. Paper presented at 17th International Pragmatics Conference, (Online conference), June 27 - July 2, 2021.
- Rasmussen, J. (2016). Doing “Being” Responsible Risk Communicators at Work. Paper presented at The 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Communicating with Power, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13, 2016.
- Rasmussen, J. (2016). “Welcome to Twitter, @CIA. Better Late Than Never”: Communication Professionals’ Views of Social Media Humor and Implications for Organizational Identity. Paper presented at The 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Communicating with Power, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13, 2016.
- Rasmussen, J. & Ihlen, Ø. (2015). Risk, Crisis and Social Media: A Meta-Study of Six Years' Research. Paper presented at The 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Communication Across the Life Span, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25, 2015.
- Rasmussen, J. (2013). Attitudes in risk discourse. In: Rhetoric in Society 4 Book of abstracts Copenhagen January 15-18, 2013. Paper presented at Rhetoric in Society 4, Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship: Purposes, Practices, and Perspectives. Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication Section of Rhetoric University of Copenhagen, January 15-18, 201320).
- Rasmussen, J. (2013). The challenge of improving the public representation of mental illness: A case study of crime reporting and a call for radical change. In: Strategic Public Relations. Public Values and Cultural Identity October 3-5, Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain. Paper presented at EUPRERA, October 3-5, Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain.
- Rasmussen, J. (2011). Deliberative communications ethics, its criticism, and proposal for research on attitudes as expressive acts in risk discourse. In: Risk, Uncertainty and Policy, European Sociological Association, 2011. Paper presented at Risk, Uncertainty and Policy, European Sociological Association, Östersund, 23-25 March, 2011.
- Rasmussen, J. (2009). Incident reporting and employee identity: three cases of chemical manufacturers. In: 19th Nordic Conference on Media and Communication Research. Paper presented at 19th Nordic Conference on Media and Communication Research, Karlstad, Sweden, August 13-15, 2009. Nordicom.
- Rasmussen, J. (2008). Communicating safety programs: the power in shaping occupational identities and risks. In: The IAMCR Congress of Media Research. Paper presented at The IAMCR Congress of Media Research, Stockholm, Sweden, July 20-25, 2008.
- Rasmussen, J. (2007). Conflicting interpretations of workplace accidents: A critical communication perspective. Paper presented at The 12th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries, May 22-24, 2007, Edinburgh, Scotland..
- Rasmussen, J. (2007). Fact and fabrication in interviews: a response to radical constructionist critique. In: The 18th Nordic Conference for Media and Communication Research (NordMedia 2007). Paper presented at The 18th Nordic Conference for Media and Communication Research (NordMedia 2007), Helsinki, Finland, August 16-19, 2007.
Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries
- Rasmussen, J. (2010). Safety in the making: studies on the discursive construction of risk and safety in the chemical industry. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro universitet.
- Rasmussen, J. Governing the workplace or the worker? : Evolving dilemmas in chemical professionals naming conventions and in the negotiation of occupational health and safety.
- Rasmussen, J. (2022). Frågor om tydlighet och samstämmighet i den svenska riskkommunikationen om covid-19 under våren 2020: Underlagsrapport till SOU 2022:10 Sverige under pandemin.. Coronakommissionen.
- Rasmussen, J. & Ihlen, Ø. (2015). Lessons from Norwegian emergency authorities’ use of social media. Oslo: PRIO (PRIO Policy Brief 14).
- Rasmussen, J. (2013). Mediebilden av psykisk ohälsa i samband med terrordåden i Norge 2011: En innehållsanalys av nyhetspressens rapportering.. Hjärnkoll.
- Rasmussen, J. (2007). Kommunikations- och tolkningsperspektiv på olyckor och tillbud i kemiska industrimiljöer. Karlstad: Räddningsverket (NCO-rapporter 2007: 2).
- Rasmussen, J. & Höijer, B. (2005). Medborgare om våldsdåd: reaktioner efter mordet på Anna Lindh och andra dåd. Stockholm: Krisberedskapsmyndigheten (KBM) (KBM:s temaserie 2005:10).
- Rasmussen, J. & Höijer, B. (2005). Media images of mental illness and psychiatric care in connection with violent crimes: a study of Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet and Rapport. Stockholm: RSMH.