Professor Debashish Munshi
Professor of Management Communication
Professor Debashish Munshi's research agenda spans disciplinary boundaries as he seeks answers to difficult societal questions in fields ranging from the social sciences, management, organisational communication, science and technology, and future studies. His inter-disciplinary work is anchored in postcolonial theory and aims for social justice.
Public engagement on complex and contentious issues has been the focus of Professor Munshi’s most recent work. He and Prof Priya Kurian of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences were awarded a prestigious Marsden Grant by the Royal Society of New Zealand for a study on Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator (with Prof Kurian) on a National Science Challenge project on Centring Culture in Public Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation (funded by a major grant from the Deep South Challenge). This work is part of Prof Munshi and Prof Kurian’s work on Climate Futures (with Profs Kum-Kum Bhavnani and John Foran of the University of California at Santa Barbara), leading on from an international symposium on Climate Futures co-organised by them as part of a project funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant.
Debashish's work with national and international colleagues has been instrumental in helping bring postcolonial perspectives to the discipline of Communication through numerous journal articles. His book (co-authored with David McKie) on Reconfiguring Public Relations: Ecology, Equity, and Enterprise published by Routledge won the 2007 PRIDE Award for the Outstanding Book of the Year awarded by the PR Division of the U.S-based National Communication Association (NCA), the largest communication association in the world. He has also co-edited three other landmark books – Feminist Futures (Zed Books, London, 2016; the Handbook of Communication Ethics (Routledge, New York) which won the Edited Book of the Year Award from the NCA's Communication Ethics Division in 2011; and On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions (Routledge, New York).
Romero-Lankao, P., Bulkeley, H., Pelling, M., Burch, S., Gordon, D., Gupta, J., . . . Munshi, D. (2018). Urban transformative potential in a changing climate. Nature Climate Change, 8, 754-761. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0264-0
Munshi, D., Kurian, P., & Xifra, J. (2017). An (other) ‘story’ in history: Challenging colonialist public relations in novels of resistance. Public Relations Review, 43(2), 366-374. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2017.02.016
Lockwood, S., Weaver, C. K., Munshi, D., & Simpson, M. (2016). The self-organising of youth volunteers during the Rena oil spill in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 50(1), 28-41. doi:10.1080/00288330.2015.1063515
Kurian, P., Munshi, D., Kathlene, L., & Wright, J. (2016). Sustainable citizenship as a methodology for engagement: Navigating environmental, economic and technological rationalities. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6, 617-630. doi:10.1007/s13412-015-0350-9
Communication; Corporate Social Responsibility; Culture; Environmental Impacts; Globalisation; Leadership; Public Relations; Social Movements; Sustainability
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