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Joel Rasmussen

Position: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Email: am9lbC5yYXNtdXNzZW47b3J1LnNl

Phone: +46 19 301402

Room: F2109

Joel Rasmussen

About Joel Rasmussen

Research Areas

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.


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Articles in journals

Articles, reviews/surveys


Chapters in books

Conference papers

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries