Public Interest Communications is an interdisciplinary area of study and practice that brings together diverse research to advance social change. From psychological insights on how people form beliefs and make decisions to the science of effective messaging and storytelling, Public Interest Communications calls for the use of scientific insights to design communication strategy and solve our world’s biggest challenges.

Scholars dedicate their lives to solving problems and many of the issues we face today have potential solutions found in academic research. Unfortunately, too many of their insights never leave the pages of academic journals or conference halls.

Through frank and our annual gathering, we’re building a community of strategists, communicators, leaders, activists, journalists and scholars who share, collaborate and apply the best of what they know to the world’s largest social challenges.

Three ways to share your research

1. Submit your published research to the $10k research prize. Every year we award one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes for published, peer-reviewed research that informs and drives better practice in the field of public interest communications.

Past winners include:
2017: Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University, for her work on how memory is linked to misinformation.
2016: Troy Campbell, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, for his work on using the beliefs of your audience to craft better and persuasive messages for social change solutions.
2015: Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard University, for her work on the use of visuals in driving healthy behavior change.
2014: Jina Yoo, professor of communication at the University of Missouri, for her work on how emotions can drive positive behavior change.

All three finalists will speak at our 2018 frank gathering in Gainesville, Florida, Feb. 6-9, 2018.

Learn more about the prize and submit your work (or share this with your favorite scholar). We are accepting submissions until 5 p.m. EST,  Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

2. Present your research at  frank (scholar) 2018. frank (scholar) is a novel academic conference that brings together scholars producing theoretically driven or empirical social scientific research that can be used to understand or drive lasting social change. Scholars interested in behavioral, institutional, and cultural change will present their work to academic peers as well as practitioners. Woven into the fabric of the annual frank gathering, frank (scholar) 2018 provides a unique opportunity to share research with academic colleagues as well as influential practitioners and foundations dedicated to creating positive social change. Present your work and join the frank community.

3. Submit your research to the Journal of Public Interest Communications, an open-access academic journal dedicated to the theory and science of strategic communication for social change.

For more questions, please email Annie Neimand, research director.