The researcher

Bec Johnson is a Masters of Arts by Research student at the University of Sydney.

Bec holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) – With Distinction as well asBachelor of Science (Earth Science). She is now a Masters of Arts by Research candidate at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her interests are organisational communication, complex systems theory, critical pluralism, and intersubjectivity.

She is an elected Councillor of SUPRA (Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association) and is the postgraduate student representative on the University Executive – Research & Education Committee). Bec is also an Elected Postgraduate Student Member of Faculty (Research) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and sits on the faculty board as a student representative.

University of Sydney profile

Bec has studied at five universities on two continents and believes strongly in the role that higher education has to play in the development of a better society.  Bec has worked in professional communications and training in both private enterprise, and in local government. Bec teaches at the University of Sydney in Organisational Communications and in Media and Communications. She holds certifications in training in both the higher education arena as well as in the private sector. She is also an invited member of the Golden Key Society for Academic Excellence, has been an active a member of Mensa since 1991 and is also a member of Intertel.

Her current research focus is on how symmetrical feedback communications can assist in creating emergent organisational structures in collaborative networks to maximise innovation, adaptability and robustness. Specifically, she is looking at the culture of shared values at the University and how this is impacted by the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Of key interest is the role of student (higher degree by research focused) representation of voice in upper academic governance levels and how symmetrical communication links between HDR students and the senior levels of academic governance can enhance student perception of their environment. The primary lenses employed are Communication Constitutes Organisation (CCO) and Complex Adaptive Systems theory.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Bec has lived in Japan and more recently spent twelve years in the Canadian Rockies. She now enjoys the inner west of Sydney. Bec has worked in private enterprise as well as local government in communications, editing, marketing, project management, strategic planning, and business development. Notable achievements include a large inner city community review into the culture of the highly diverse constituent body, as well as managing successive change transitions in a multi-location private enterprise business in Canada.

Her personal interests include running a book club in Glebe called The Sydney Short Bookclub and searching for the perfect flat white on campus. Alongside all these endeavours, she has worked for over twenty years in ski instructing and ski race coaching and holds several advanced qualifications in this field. Most recently she acquired a surfboard and has mastered the art of “planking” on this, aspirations to actually standing on the board come and go in waves.

Above all, the highlight of her days is walking with her boxer dog, Macchiato, who emigrated from Canada.