Professor Debashish Munshi

Debashish Munshi

Professor of Management Communication


Communication; Corporate Social Responsibility; Culture; Environmental Impacts; Globalisation; Leadership; Public Relations; Social Movements; Sustainability


Qualifications: PhD

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: MSB4.35K
Phone: +64 7 838 4450

Papers Taught

About Debashish

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).

Research Supervised

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Munshi, D., Kurian, P., Cretney, R., Morrison, S. L., & Kathlene, L. (2020). Centering culture in public engagement on climate change. Environmental Communication, 14(5), 573-581. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1746680

  • Heath, R., McKie, D., Munshi, D., & Xifra, J. (2019). Public relations critical intersections special section introduction. Public Relations Review, 45(5), 101859. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2019.101859

  • Munshi-Kurian, A., Munshi, D., & Kurian, P. (2019). Strategic interventions in sociology's resource mobilization theory: Reimagining the #MeToo movement as critical public relations. Public Relations Review, 45(5), 7 pages. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2019.05.009

  • Bhavnani, K. -K., Foran, J., Kurian, P., & Munshi, D. (Eds.) (2019). Climate Futures Re-imagining Global Climate Justice. Zed Books Ltd..

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