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Dr Rudi Palmieri BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Communication Communication and Media


    Personal Statement

    Born in Switzerland in 1981, Rudi Palmieri (PhD in Communication Sciences) is Senior Lecturer in “Strategic Communication” at the University of Liverpool (UK). From August 2018 to July 2020, he has served as Head of the Department of Communication and Media.

    Before joining University of Liverpool, Rudi Palmieri was teacher and post-doctoral researcher at Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano). He has also been a visiting fellow researcher (Aug. 2009 – Jan. 2010) at the University of Amsterdam (Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric), with a SNSF-funded grant (Fellowships for prospective researchers).

    The main subjects of his research are (a) strategic communication, more in particular business and financial communication, which he approaches by privileging a discourse-analytic perspective, (b) argumentation theory, with a particular interest in the reconstruction of the inferential configuration of arguments (or argument scheme); (c) the analysis and evaluation of discourse-rhetorical strategies in different contexts of strategic communication, such as business, politics and media. On all these topics, he has taught several courses at both Master and Doctoral levels and has been invited for guest lectures/courses in various countries, such as Sweden, France, Portugal, and Italy. Currently, he is developing research projects focusing on two axes: (1) the relationship between argumentation and trust dynamics in crisis communication and the role of argumentation in restoring organisational trust; (2) the integration of argumentation theories into the emergent field of strategic communication.

    In 2015, he won the Ambassador Award granted by the Association for Business Communication (

    He is one of the main organisers of the International Conference on “Discourse Approaches to Financial Communication” ( which brings together scholars in Finance, Accounting, Linguistics, Argumentation and Rhetoric, interested in the study of financial communication from a text and discourse perspective. The first edition was held in 2014 (Ascona) while the second took place in 2017 (Lugano).

    From 2009 to 2012 he coordinated the SNSF-funded doctoral program Argumentation Practices in Context (Argupolis). From 2012 to 2015, he was the coordinator of the Master in Financial Communication, directed by prof. Andrea Rocci at USI (

    He is part of the Editorial Board of the "Journal of Argumentation in Context" and of the Scientific Committee of "Cogency. Journal of Reasoning and Argumentation". Since January 2018, he is director-at-large of the “Association for Business Communication" (ABC), and he is also member of "Rhetoric and Society", the “International Learned Institute for Argumentation Studies" (ILIAS), and the “International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA).