ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Peter Simmons

Associate Professor Peter Simmons

Peter is particularly interested in the way professionals and organisations communicate fairness and legitimacy. Much of his recent research links communication disciplines and practitioners with the theory and thousands of studies conducted in the field of organisational justice. His research interests span fairness and communication, government communication, the ethics of journalist and public relations interaction, public relations evaluation, and sport referee communication.
He has presented his research and findings in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. In 2008 he was the first Australian to receive a Havelange Research Scholarship from FIFA.

Peter has worked on teaching teams designing and delivering in-house training to strategic communication staff in some of Australia's leading organisations including the Australian Defence Forces, Australian Tax Office, Australian Mutual Provident and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Research Interests

  • Analysis of social media to interpret community sentiment
  • Local government communication
  • Communication of fairness and legitimacy
  • Human relations with non-human animals
  • Organisational communication

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies MCAE 1986
Graduate Certificate Organisational Communication 1993
Master Arts Communication CSU 1995
Doctor of Communication CSU 2009


Membership of Advisory Boards and Panels

Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (member);
International Society of Justice Researchers (member);
International Association Media Communication Research (member);
International Communication Association (member);
International Environmental Communication Association (member) Education


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Mehmet, M., & Simmons, P. (2016) Kangaroo court: An analysis of social media justifications for attitudes to culling, Environmental Communication, DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1220966

Simmons, P. & Mehmet, M. (2016) Cullers and guardians: Subcultures, attitudes and culling kangaroos. Jurnal Komunikasi, Malaysian Journal of Communication, 32(2). http://ejournal.ukm.my/mjc/article/view/16162/5029

Mehmet, M. & Simmons, P. (2016). Kangaroo court: An analysis of social media justifications for attitudes to culling, Environmental Communication, DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2016.1220966

Simmons, P. (2016). Listen, involve and represent: Identifying focus for local government communicators. PRism 11(1): http://www.prismjournal.org/homepage.html

Heaselgrave, F. & Simmons, P. (2016) Culture, competency and policy: Why social media dialogue is limited in Australian local government, Journal of Communication Management, Vol. 20 Iss: 2, pp.133 – 147. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-07-2015-0059

Cunningham, I., Simmons, P., Mascarenhas, D. & Redhead, S. (2015) Skilled communication in officiating: an exploration of player differences in interaction. Movement and Sport Sciences, Special Edition: Officials in Sports,pp.79-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/sm/2014021

Simmons, P. (2014) Challenges for communicators in future Australian local government. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 155:312-319

Simmons, P., Dowell, D. & Small, F. (2013). The influence of fairness on university student satisfaction. The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation. Vol 19. http://ijlae.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.251/prod.3

Simmons, P. & Cunningham, I. (2013) Communication and sports officials. The Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication.

Simmons, P. & Small, F. (2012) Promotion, monitoring and strategic advice: Professional communication in Australian local government. PRism online public relations journal 9(1): http://www.prismjournal.org/fileadmin/9_1/Simmons_Small.pdf

Simmons P. & Walsh, B. (2012) Public Relations and Organisational Justice: More fairness or just more cooperation, Public Relations Inquiry, 1(2), 141-158.

Simmons, P. (2011) Competent, dependable and respectful: Football refereeing as a model for communicating fairness, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics. Vol 8 (3/4), 33-42.

Book Chapters

Simmons, P. & Cunningham, I. (2013) Communication and sports officials. In Paul Pedersen, (Ed)The Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication. Routledge.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Simmons, P. (2017) Communication for the voiceless: The case of Bathurst kangaroos. Presented at the 3rd International Compassionate Conservation Conference, Leura, NSW, Nov 20-24

Simmons, P. (2016) Transparency and communication can improve wildlife welfare outcomes: A case of kangaroos, presented at the International Communication and Media Conference, Sept 18-20, Kuala Lumpur

Simmons, P. & Mehmet, M. (2016) Moral responsibility, economic advantage and the conflation of
interests and attitudes towards kangaroo culling. Presented at the Land Dialogues Conference, CSU, Wagga Wagga, April 13-15.

Simmons, P. (2013, February) Who are you and what do you want? Issues for Australian local government communicators. Presentation to Government Communications Australia, National Convention, Sydney.

Simmons, P., Dowell, D. & Small, F. (2013). The influence of fairness on university student satisfaction. The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation. Vol 19. http://ijlae.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.251/prod.3

Simmons, P. & Small, F. (2012) Promotion, monitoring and strategic advice: professional communication in Australian local government. PRism public relations journal.PRism 9(1): http://www.prismjournal.org/homepage.html

Simmons, P, Small F., (2012, November) Public relations practices in Australian local government authorities. Paper presented to the World Public Relations Forum, Melbourne, Australia.

Simmons, P, Small F., (2012, November) Politics, promotion and pavements: professional communication in Australian local government. Paper presented to International Communication and Media Conference (I-Come), Penang, Malaysia.

Dowell, D., Simmons, P & Small, F. (2012, December) Grouping complainers: An investigation of Complaint Behaviours Using Segmentation Analysis of Service Dimensions. Paper presented to the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Simmons, P, Small F., (2012, November) Public relations practices in Australian local government authorities. Paper presented to the World Public Relations Forum, Melbourne, Australia.

Simmons, P, Small F., (2012, November) Politics, promotion and pavements: professional communication in Australian local government. Paper presented to International Communication and Media Conference (I-Come), Penang, Malaysia.

Cunningham, I, Simmons, P & Mascarenhas, D. (2012, November) Sports Officiating Communication: 'Developing a Feel for the Game'. Paper presented to The Worlds of Football II: Heritage, Communities and Cultures international conference, Melbourne, Australia.


Projects

Shark deterrents and detection: Community perceptions, sentiment and preferences for shark management strategies. (2017) Simmons, P., Mehmet, M.  & Clarke, R. (UOW)  A collaborative project between CSU (ILWS), UOW and NSW DPI with funding from the NSW Shark Management Strategy (SMS) Competitive Annual Grants Program. Project details

Shark Sentiment Study. (2017-2020), Simmons, P., Mehmet, M. NSW Department of Primary Industries, $91,000