Dr Kate Power

Senior Lecturer

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68035


I’m a researcher and lecturer at The University of Queensland Business School. My expertise is in critically evaluating how people and organisations use language to communicate about themselves and shape the world around them. I’m committed to doing research that promotes justice and equity, and helps government, the media, and industry communicate for the common good.

My current research explores sustainability in the arts and culture sector, news reporting on violence against women and girls, and COVID-19 crisis communication.

I’ve recently collaborated with various peak bodies in the Australian arts and culture sector such as Theatre Network Australia, and arts companies of various sizes (e.g., Queensland Ballet and La Boite Theatre) to develop a free peer coaching program known as “Creating out Loud.” This program builds networks of mutual support for artists and arts workers across all levels of the arts and culture sector.

Enriching the arts and culture sector is of high importance to me. In 2021, I was awarded an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship to support arts workers recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To find out how I can help your organisation, email me at k.power@business.uq.edu.au. You can also follow me on LinkedIn.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability of the arts and culture sector
    working with arts organisations and government to promote sustainability in, of, and through the Australian arts and culture sector, and to foster career sustainability for artists and arts managers.
  • Gender equity
    critically evaluating communication in the media and higher education, to promote gender equity for women in business, female leaders, Pacific Islands women and girls facing gender-based violence, and transgender students.
  • Political communication:
    analysing how politicians communicate, particularly about COVID-19 and in relation to gender, to help public leaders communicate more effectively about sensitive issues and during crisis situations.
  • Religion / spirituality / nonreligion
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Research Impacts

My research has supported the arts and culture sector around Australia, by helping forge new connections between artists and arts managers working in a wide range of art forms and at all levels, including major and small-to-medium performing arts companies, festivals, venues, and independent artists.


  • Certificate of Education (Leadership), The University of British Columbia
  • Certificate of LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of Cambridge
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Lancaster


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Power, Kate (2023). Religious Identity in Discourse. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Religion. (pp. 372-389) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003301271-30

  • Power, Kate (2021). Institutions. Analysing Religious Discourse. (pp. 126-143) edited by Pihlaja, Stephen. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Power, Kate (2021). Transgender identities in writing classes. Linguistic perspectives on sexuality in education: representations, constructions and negotiations. (pp. 183-219) edited by Łukasz Pakuła. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-64030-9_7

  • Power, Kate, Ali, Tanweer and Lebdušková, Eva (2019). Conclusion. Discourse analysis and austerity: critical studies from economics and linguistics. (pp. 332-340) edited by Kate Power, Tanweer Ali and Eva Lebdušková. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315208190-23

  • Power, Kate, Ali, Tanweer and Lebdušková, Eva (2019). Introduction: Interdisciplinary* approaches to austerity discourses: a case study in why and how economists and discourse analysts should work together. Discourse analysis and austerity: critical studies from economics and linguistics. (pp. 1-14) edited by Kate Power, Tanweer Ali and Eva Lebdušková. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom : Routledge.

  • Power, Kate (2015). Charity chicks: a discourse-analysis of religious self-identification by rural Canadian Mormon women. Canadian women shaping diasporic religious identities. (pp. 139-194) edited by Becky R. Lee and Terry Tak-ling Woo. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

  • Power, Kate (2015). Religion, power and public self-presentation. Shifting visions: gender and discourses. (pp. 49-68) edited by Allyson Jule. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Power, Kate (2014). Talking sexuality: religious identity constructions in rural Canada. Globalized religion and sexual identity: contexts, contestations, voices. (pp. 62-85) edited by Heather Shipley. Leiden, Germany: Brill.

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.