Paul Elmer’s research interests focus on the social and political aspects of public relations. Work in progress focuses on ways that the public relations role is created in the UK, both as a cultural labour and within labour markets. He has written on relational models of practice, and on practice-based learning, in ways that emphasise the contradictions of practice. He is also interested in emerging patterns of cultural production and consumption, and in researching the role of public relations with a particular focus on public experiences of democracy, spirituality and leisure. He also has a particular interest in narrative and storytelling in organisations.
Paul’s career spans journalism and public relations. His background includes periods in public relations practice for the UK Ministry of Defence, the UN and NATO. He began working as an academic in 1999, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2004. He holds a first degree in literature (Essex), an MSc in public relations (Stirling) and his sociology PhD (Essex) is nearing completion.