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Debashish Munshi

Professor – School of Management, Marketing and Strategy

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Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
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Dr. Debashish Munshi is Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato. He has contributed significantly towards a paradigm-shifting body of knowledge that makes communication in organisational and public settings more in tune with social, cultural, and political diversity.

Debashish’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 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 PoliticsThird World QuarterlyJournalism: 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. 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.

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.