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Kristina joined the University of Dundee School of Business as Lecturer in Marketing in October 2019. 

Previously, Kristina held a Marketing Lectureship position at University College Cork in Ireland, where her teaching span areas of international marketing, consumer behaviour, marketing foundations and marketing for tech entrepreneurs.

She recently completed her PhD in Management at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, Kristina obtained a Master Grande Ecole in International and European Business from EM Strasbourg Business School in 2013, graduating with a distinction. She also graduated with a BA(Hons) in International Management and Intercultural Studies (1st class) from the University of Stirling.


Kristina is an interdisciplinary and multi-method researcher with a passion for social betterment. Her research interests focus on advertising ethics and regulation, specifically as applied to the public and non-profit contexts. She is also interested in the broader questions of ethics in marketing and marketing's impact on society, social and charity marketing, consumer vulnerability, emotions in relation to marketing communications, advertising rhetoric, and the role of societal and cultural norms in consumption practices. 

Kristina's PhD thesis developed a nuanced and in-depth understanding of shocking, offensive and controversial advertising within the public and non-profit sectors. It specifically explored the regulatory processes of such advertising tactics with an emphasis on interpretations of these by different stakeholder groups involved, including the public and non-profit organisations, advertising creatives, regulators, and audiences. Her thesis adopted stakeholder theory as an overarching frame and took a pragmatic and multi-method approach. It comprised of 1) a systematic review of shocking, offensive and controversial advertising; 2) a critical perspective on the regulatory practices and processes based on a critical discourse analysis of an archive of complaints and associated adjudication reports obtained from the Advertising Standards Authority UK; and 3) a visual and textual rhetorical analysis of complained-about offensive advertising. Her research contributes to the debate on the appropriateness, ethics and application of shocking, offensive or controversial themes, formats, and imagery in public and non-profit advertising.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Behind the Rhetorical Scenes of Offence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Complained-About Offensive Advertising

Auxtova, K., Oct 2019, Advances in Advertising Research. Bigne, E. & Rosengren, S. (eds.). European Advertising Academy, Vol. X. p. 229 240 p. (European Advertising Academy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Game of Stones: Bringing New Audiences to a 500-year-old Scottish Sport: TEACHING NOTE

Auxtova, K. & Marchant, C., 6 Aug 2018, 17 p. Case Centre.

Research output: Other contribution

Game of Stones: Bringing new audiences to a 500-year-old Scottish Sport: CASE STUDY

Marchant, C., Auxtova, K. & Chamberlain, E., 5 Aug 2018, 25 p. Case Centre.

Research output: Other contribution

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Offensive Advertising and its Regulatory Processes in the UK

Auxtova, K. & Brennan, M., 2018, 2018 AMA Summer Academic Conference Proceedings: Big Ideas and New Methods in Marketing. Gal, D., Hewett, K. & Jayachandran, S. (eds.). Chicago, IL: American Marketing Association, Vol. 29. p. ES-11 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


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