What's "In The Works" for Teresa La Porte?

Teresa La Porte is a professor of international communication at the University of Navarra in Spain and a senior consultant on public diplomacy for the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) at the United Nations. She has also been a guest professor of intercultural communication at the Communication Politique et Publique program of the Université Paris XII-Val de Marne from 2005-2012 and was a visiting professor here at CPD in 2009. La Porte was also research scholar at the London School of Economics and a NATO Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2009, she received a Fulbright-Schuman fellowship and in 2010 was awarded the Salvador Madariaga scholarship. Additionally, La Porte has been a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, at the Center for Arts & Culture of George Mason University, at the Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations, and at The Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C.

La Porte's research on public diplomacy is focused on investigating non-state actors’ initiatives from the communicative perspective, analyzing both relational strategies and narratives. Some of her recent publications include The European Union & Image Resilience During Times of Crisis: The Role of Public Diplomacy (with Mai’a Cross, 2017); Influencia de Los Actores Internacionales No-Estatales en Las Estrategias Diplomáticas: Consideraciones Desde La Comunicación Pública (2016); Improving Efficiency in PD Practices: Advising Non-state actors Strategies in the EU framework (2015); City-diplomacy in the EU (2013); Contribución De La Acción Diplomática De Las Ciudades a La ‘Marca País’ (2012); The Impact of ‘Intermestic’ Non-State Actors on the Conceptual Framework of Public Diplomacy (2012); The Power of the European Union in Global Governance: A Proposal for a New Public Diplomacy (2010); The Narrative Reconstruction of 9/11 in Hollywood Films: Independent Voice or Official Interpretation? (2010). 

She has served as an academic specialist on the project A New Public Diplomacy for Spain held by the Spanish think tank Real Instituto Elcano, and has been the director of other research projects financed by the Spanish government on Emerging Trends on Institutional Communication (2010-2013), Globalization and Pluralism in European Public TV (2002-2005), and the European Parliament Report on Globalization of the Media Industry and Possible Threats to Cultural Diversity (2001). La Porte has also collaborated with the United Nations, the European Union, NATO and University Network.

Here is what La Porte currently has "In the Works":

  • Research on influencing public diplomacy agendas: based on interviews and observational methodologies, this work attempts to analyze communication strategies developed by some global think tanks and advocacy groups in order to set agendas and shape the discourse of main public diplomacy actors.
  • Research on the collaborative aspect of public diplomacy: considering the significance of partnering with civil society groups, this research examines the public diplomacy strategies followed by a representative sample of embassies located in Washington D.C., regarding their engagement with specific civil society initiatives.
  • A similar analysis is being developed with the aim to explore the collaborative public diplomacy exerted by the European Union towards the Mediterranean area: this research will try to identify best practices in fostering equal dialogue among partners taking as a case study the European-Arab networks of civil society groups promoted through the European Neighborhood Policy.
  • Design of a public diplomacy strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals Fund of the United Nations Development Program to share its expertise and to generate a conversation with other development agents in Europe.
  • A collaboration on a recent project about Relationship Management and Communication with Stakeholders in Corporations’ Open Innovation Processes, financed by the Spanish government, will study some Spanish corporations' communicative actions towards international civil society groups and their alignment with the Spanish government public diplomacy.


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"In the Works" is CPD's periodic roundup of news from the international PD scholarly community. If you've taken up a new academic position, published a new work or recently embarked on a research project on a public diplomacy topic, let us know! All updates can be sent to cpd@usc.edu. Please be sure to use "In the Works" in the subject heading.


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