Department of Management, Society and Communication

  • CBS Sustainability
Associate professor

Room: DH.V.2.32
E-mail: av.msc@cbs.dk

Anne Vestergaard is Associate Professor at Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. Her research revolves around mainstream discourses of morality with a particular interest in how processes of institutional, technological and semiotic mediation contribute to them. This interest is currently pursued in two strands of research, one concerning humanitarian communication, the other concerning CSR communication. The research investigates tensions brought about by the fading division of labor between commercial and non-commercial organizations and examines  how marketized practices are impacting on the identity, image and reputation of NGOs as well as how a moral economy is transforming discourses in and around corporations.  


Primary research areas
  • CSR Communication
  • Humanitarian Communication
  • Media Sociology
  • Discourse Theory and Analysis
Curriculum Vitae
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Corporate Responsibility, Governance & Communication, CM(kom)
Medieudvikling og digital kommunikation, HA(kom)
Branding i Teori og Praksis, HA(kom)


Communication & Civil society issues

Selected publications

Etter, M. & Vestergaard, A.  (2016). Third Level of Agenda Building and Agenda Setting during a Corporate Crisis. In L. Guo & M. McCombs (Eds.), The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting. New York: Routledge.

Vestergaard, A. & Uldam, J. (2016). The Hashtag Protest. Digital Development Debates, Is. 17

Uldam, J. and Vestergaard, A. (eds.) (2015) Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Etter, M. & Vestergaard, A.  (2015). Facebook and the public framing of a crisis. Corporate Communication: An international Jounral, 20(2), 1-17.

Vestergaard, A. (2014) Mediatized Humanitarianism. Trust and Legitimacy in the Age of Suspicion. Journal of Business Ethics. Vol 120(4): 509-525

Vestergaard, A. (2013) Humanitarian Appeal and the Paradox of Power. Journal of Critical Discourse Analysis, vol. 10, 4.

Vestergaard, A. (2012) Stakeholder Perceptions of the Political Role of the Firm. Responses to Child Trafficking in the Cocoa Industry. European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), Helsinki.

Vestergaard, A. (2010) Identity and Appeal in the Humanitarian Brand in Chouliaraki, L. & Morsing, M. (eds): Media, Organisations and Identity, Palgrave.

Vestergaard, A. (2008) Branding the Humanitarian. The case of Amnesty International. Journal of Language and Politics,vol. 7, 3.

Publications sorted by:
Lilie Chouliaraki; Anne Vestergaard / Introduction : Humanitarian Communication in the 21st Century.
In: Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication. ed. /Lilie Chouliaraki; Anne Vestergaard. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 1-22
Book chapter > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Julie Uldam / Legitimacy and Cosmopolitanism : Online Public Debates on (Corporate) Responsibility.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 176, No. 2, 3.2022, p. 227–240
Journal article > peer review
Lilie Chouliaraki (Editor) ; Anne Vestergaard (Editor) / Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication
Abingdon : Routledge 2022, 469 p.
Anthology > peer review
Anne Vestergaard / Text-analytical Approaches to Humanitarian Communication
In: Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication. ed. /Lilie Chouliaraki; Anne Vestergaard. Abingdon : Routledge 2022, p. 104-118
Book chapter > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Thilde Langevang; Mette Morsing; Luisa Murphy / Partnerships for Development : Assessing the Impact Potential of Cross-sector Partnerships.
In: World Development, Vol. 143, 7.2021
Journal article > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Luisa Murphy; Mette Morsing; Thilde Langevang / Cross-sector Partnerships as Capitalism’s New Development Agents : Reconceiving Impact as Empowerment.
In: Business & Society, Vol. 59, No. 7, 9.2020, p. 1339-1376
Journal article > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Frederik Schade; Michael Etter / How to Study Public Negotiation of Responsibilities : A Communicative Approach to Business and Human Rights Research.
In: Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2019, p. 18-41
Journal article > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Michael Etter / Business and Human Rights : Exploring the Limits of an Expanding Agenda on Corporate Responsibility.
In: Contracting Human Rights: Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity. . ed. /Alison Brysk; Michael Stohl. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2018, p. 211–231 (Elgar Studies in Human Rights)
Book chapter > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Luisa Murphy; Mette Morsing; Thilde Langevang / Business-NGO Partnerships : The New Development Agents?.
Paper presented at The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 2018
Paper > peer review
Anne Vestergaard; Luisa Murphy; Mette Morsing; Thilde Langevang / Cross Sector Partnerships as Capitalism’s new Development Agents : Reconceiving Impact as Empowerment.
Paper presented at The 29th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Business and Society. IABS 2018, 2018
Paper > peer review
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