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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 2019, he has served as Head of the Department of Communication and Media.

Before joining University of Liverpool, Rudi Palmieri was lecturer 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 patterns of argumentative strategies in persuasive communication contexts; (c) the argumentative dynamics of trust in crisis communication and similar strategic situations. On all these topics, he has taught several courses at UG, PG and Doctoral levels and has been invited for guest lectures/courses in various countries, such as Sweden, France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy.

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

He is one of the founders 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.

From 2009 to 2012 he coordinated the SNSF-funded doctoral program Argumentation Practices in Context (Argupolis). He is second proposer and UK representative in the EU COST Action “European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis”. He is partner to a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on “ Mining argumentative patterns in context. A large-scale corpus study of Earnings Conference Calls of listed companies”.

He has worked on several knowledge exchange projects with partners from the corporate and financial sectors and offers CPD courses and coaching to organisations on topics like interpersonal and persuasive communication.