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Debashish Munshi

Professor – Management Communication

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Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
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New Zealand
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Dr. Debashish Munshi is Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato. He teaches a variety of subjects including interpersonal communication, organisational communication, intercultural communication, negotiation and persuasion, and leading change for sustainability. He is also a former Chairperson of the Department of Management Communication.

Debashish, who has a PhD in Management Communication, has contributed significantly towards a paradigm-shifting body of knowledge that makes communication in organisational settings more in tune with social, cultural, and political diversity.

His research focuses on issues of diversity and sustainability in Management Communication and his research outputs in the area of diversity, sustainability, and communication can be classified into two broad clusters – one on bringing about fresh understandings of the disciplines of public relations and organisational communication through the lenses of diversity and the other on injecting diverse social and cultural perspectives into the domain of science and technology communication. His work in both these clusters is anchored in postcolonial theory.

His current research, which focuses on conceptualising the notion of boundaries in the interplay between new technologies and society, is interdisciplinary. Most recently, he and Dr 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 now working on an interdisciplinary project on climate justice and public engagement, leading on from an international symposium on Climate Futures co-organised by him 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 disciplines of both Public Relations and Organisational Communication. His book (co-authored with David McKie) on Reconfiguring Public Relations: Ecology, Equity, and Enterprise published by Routledge (London and New York, 2007) 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.

Debashish has also co-edited three other landmark books. Most recently, he has co-edited (with Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Priya Kurian) Feminist Futures (Zed Books, London, 2016). Earlier, in 2011, he co-edited (with George Cheney and Steve May) the Handbook of Communication Ethics (Routledge, New York and London) which won the Edited Book of the Year Award from the NCA's Communication Ethics Division. In 2009, his co-edited book (with Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Priya Kurian), On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions, was published by Routledge (New York and London).

As an international scholar, Debashish has published his academic work in major American, European, and Australasian peer-reviewed journals such as Management Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, Citizenship Studies, Futures, New Media & Society, Business Communication QuarterlyAustralian Journal of Communication, Public Relations ReviewJournal of Public Relations Research,  Public Understanding of Science, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, Cultural Politics, Third World Quarterly, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, and the Review of Communication. He has also written chapters in several academic books and has guest edited special issues of the Australian Journal of Communication (2004), Public Relations Review (2005), and the Journal of Public Relations Research (2011). He has served on the editorial boards of six major international journals: Management Communication Quarterly, the Review of Communication, the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Inquiry, and Public Understanding of Science.

A journalist-turned-academic, Debashish loves teaching and interacting with students. He has won major teaching awards, including the Waikato Management School's "Outstanding Teacher Award" and the University Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching. In his days as a journalist, Debashish worked as a Special Correspondent of India's leading newspaper, The Times of India, and, subsequently, as the Associate Editor of Asia-Pacific Communication Associates, a multi-media organisation. He also served as the Associate Editor of Biblio: A Review of Books.