Vos, Marita

Prof.dr. Marita Vos

Visiting Professor

Areas of expertise:


Crisis communication and community resilience


Interaction in multi-actor issue arenas


Organizational communication in dynamic environments






by appointment



Ravelijn, room 1444



+31 (0)53 – 489 3423 (secretary)



+31 (0)53 – 489 2159

Personal website







My work focuses on communication in turbulent environments, in particular, multi-actor public debate on social issues and crises. During the year 2016 I am a visiting professor at the University of Twente.

I am a full professor in Organizational Communication and PR at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. At my home university I am responsible for the degree programmes and research in this field, and first supervisor of 14 doctoral students. I authored or co-authored 12 books and headed several funded research projects, in part for the interdisciplinary Agora Center.

Research projects

During 2016 I am involved in the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security, work on publications and at a distance supervise 14 Nordic doctoral students. My international research projects can be found here: http://www.crisiscommunication.fi/



Consortium coordinator of the EU-funded projects ‘Public Empowerment Policies in Crisis Management’, and ‘Developing a Crisis Communication Scorecard’, scientific director of a multidisciplinary Tekes project ‘Added value of intangibles for Innovation’, and primary investigator in other projects.


Member of the Editorial Board of: ‘Corporate Communication, an International Journal’, Emerald (2009 onwards), and the journal of ‘Human Technology’.


Member of the Scientific Committee of periodic scientific conferences on communication (EUPRERA, Crisis Communication).


Reviewer for several conferences and of many peer reviewed journals, e.g. Journal of Communication Management, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Risk Analysis.

Publications (short selection)

Ruggiero, A. & Vos, M. (2015), Communication challenges in CBRN terrorism crises – expert perceptions. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 23(3), 138-148.

Hyvärinen, J., Laajalahti, A. & Vos, M. (2015), Enhancing citizen response to crises through communication Investigating expert views. International Journal of Emergency Management, 11(4), 302-319.

Vos, M., Schoemaker, H. & Luoma-aho, V. (2014), Setting the agenda for research on issue arenas. Corporate Communications: an International Journal, 19(2), 200-215.

Zhang, B. & Vos, M. (2014), Social media monitoring: methods, benefits and difficulties for international companies. Corporate Communications, an International Journal, 19(4), 371–383.

Vos, M., Lund, R., Harro-Loit, H. & Reich, Z. (eds, 2011), Developing a crisis communication scorecard. Studies in Humanities, University of Jyväskylä (Ref. E-book) https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/27124

For publications, see ResearchGate and www.vos-schoemaker.com