Dr Clea Bourne

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer, convenor of the MA in Promotional Media: Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing
Email c.bourne (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7630
Twitter bourne_clea
Dr Clea Bourne

I am the convenor of the MA Promotional Media: Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing. I also convene the Heretical Finance Reading Group, which meets first Mondays of the month at Goldsmiths’ Political Economy Research Centre.

Research Interests

My broad research interests lie in the different ways that 21st century economies are strategically communicated and mediatised through various actors, practices and discourses. This research interest has translated into the following themes:

  • Naturalising Artificial Intelligence in everyday life: Situating Artificial Intelligence as a ‘re-boot’ to neoliberal narratives, naturalised as ‘common sense’ through visuals and texts.
  • Communicating Trust in Financial Markets: Locating wholesale, retail and state financial markets in the context of globalisation and critical discourse. 
  • Promotional professions as discursive boundary work: Applying sociological approaches to explore professional identity and boundary work at the intersection of the PR, Advertising and Marketing professions.

Areas of supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral work which explores strategic efforts to communicate economic, financial and market developments. I am also interested in supervising research exploring the effect of media convergence and digital technologies on the PR, advertising and marketing sectors.



Bourne, Clea D.. 2017. Trust, Power and Public Relations in Financial Markets. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-71921-6

Book Section

Bourne, Clea D.. 2017. 'Public Relations in the World of Finance'. In: Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans, eds. Exploring Public Relations: Global Strategic Communication - Fourth Edition. Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson, pp. 412-425. ISBN 978-1-292-11218-3

Bourne, Clea D.. 2016. Central banking in risk discourses: ‘Remaking’ the economy after crisis. In: J. Crichton; C.N. Candlin and A.S. Firkins, eds. Communicating Risk. Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 307-322. ISBN 978-1-137-47878-8

Bourne, Clea D.. 2015. Extending PR’s critical conversations with advertising and marketing. In: Jacquie L'Etang; David McKie; Nancy Snow and Jordi Xifra, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Critical Public Relations. Routledge, pp. 119-129. ISBN 9780415727334

Bourne, Clea D.. 2013. Public Relations in the World of Finance. In: Ralph Tench and Liz Yeomans, eds. Exploring Public Relations, 3rd Edition. Harlow: Pearson United Kingdom, pp. 381-394. ISBN 9780273757771

Bourne, Clea D.. 2013. 'Globalize' AND 'Power/knowledge and Public Relations’. In: Robert L. Heath, ed. The Encyclopaedia of Public Relations (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. ISBN 9781452240794

Bourne, Clea D.. 2012. Producing trust in country financial narratives. In: Christopher Candlin and Jonathan Crichton, eds. Discourses of Trust. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230308497

Bourne, Clea D.. 2012. 'Rating agencies as a corporate governance mechanism: Power and trust production in debt capital markets’. In: Ralph Tench; Brian Jones and William Sun, eds. Corporate Social Irresponsibility: Issues, Debates and Case Studies. 4 Bingley: Emerald Books, pp. 135-156. ISBN 978-1-78052-998-1


Bourne, Clea D.. 2019. The Public Relations Profession as Discursive Boundary Work. Public Relations Review, 45(5), p. 101789. ISSN 0363-8111

Bourne, Clea D.. 2017. Sensemaking in an online community after financial loss: Enterprising Jamaican investors and the fall of a financial messiah. New Media & Society, 19(6), pp. 843-860. ISSN 1461-4448

Bourne, Clea D.. 2015. Thought Leadership as a trust strategy in global markets: Goldman Sachs’ promotion of the ‘BRICs’ in the marketplace of ideas. Journal of Public Relations Research, 27(4), pp. 322-336. ISSN 1062-726X

Bourne, Clea D.. 2013. Reframing trust, power and public relations in global financial discourses: Experts and the production of mistrust in life insurance. Public Relations Inquiry, 2(1), pp. 51-77. ISSN 2046-147X

Bourne, Clea D.. 2012. Producing trust, knowledge and expertise in financial markets: The global hedge fund industry ‘represents’ itself. Culture & Organization, 18(2), pp. 107-122. ISSN 1475-9551