Professor Debashish Munshi PhD MRSNZ

Debashish Munshi

Professor of Management Communication


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

Qualifications: PhD

Contact Details

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

Papers Taught

About Debashish

Professor Debashish Munshi is primarily a communication scholar but his research agenda spans disciplinary boundaries as he seeks answers to difficult societal questions.

Recipient of the University of Waikato's Excellence in Research Award in 2019, Professor Munshi has a special interest in public engagement on complex and contentious issues.

Together with Prof Priya Kurian of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, he has co-led major public engagement projects such as Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies funded by a Marsden Grant of the Royal Society of New Zealand and Centring Culture in Public Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge. He has also received a Rockefeller Foundation grant for a project on Climate Futures (with Professor Kurian and Professors Kum-Kum Bhavnani and John Foran of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Professor Munshi's research interests lie at the intersections of communication, diversity, sustainability, social change, and citizenship. He has co-authored/co-edited a number of books including Public Relations and Sustainable Citizenship: Representing the Unrepresented (2021); Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture, and Development (2016); The Handbook of Communication Ethics (2011); Reconfiguring Public Relations: Ecology, Equity, and Enterprise (2007); and On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions (2009).

Debashish's work with national and international colleagues has been instrumental in helping bring postcolonial perspectives to the discipline of Communication, especially the fields of Public Relations and Organizational 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. The Handbook of Communication Ethics (Routledge, New York), co-edited by him, won the Edited Book of the Year Award from the NCA's Communication Ethics Division in 2011.

Debashish is also an award-winning teacher, having won both the Waikato Management School's Outstanding Teacher Award and the University  Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

A copy of his CV can be accessed here.

Research Supervised

PhD Students supervised

Debashish has supervised numerous doctoral students, not only in the discipline of communication studies but also in the interdisciplinary spaces of the broader social sciences, especially critical management and organisational studies, and sustainability studies. A list of his doctoral students and their topics is available here.

Research Interests

Debashish is a qualitative, critical, and interdisciplinary researcher specialising in public engagement on complex and contentious social, cultural, political, and technological issues. His research weaves insights from fields across the social sciences, organisational communication, science and technology studies, critical public relations, and sustainability studies. His most recent research projects explore the notions of Sustainable Citizenship, Climate Action, and Culture, Equity, and Justice in Organizational Spaces. He also has a keen interest in the idea of Sustainable Futures and has worked on exploring Climate Futures, Feminist Futures, and Imagining Organizational Futures. A list of his selected publications can be found here.

Recent Publications

  • Kathlene, L., Munshi, D., Kurian, P., & Morrison, S. (2022). Cultures in the laboratory: mapping similarities and differences between Māori and non-Māori in engaging with gene-editing technologies in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 9(1), 10 pages. doi:10.1057/s41599-022-01104-9

  • Bourne, C., Mumby, D., Munshi, D., Das, A., Roy Chaudhuri, H., & Edwards, L. (2022). Narrating the anxious market: in search of alternatives during global crises. Consumption, Markets and Culture, online, 1-12. doi:10.1080/10253866.2022.2066656

  • Kurian, P., Munshi, D., Cretney, R., Morrison, S., & Kathlene, L. (2022). The cultural politics of climate change adaptation: an analysis of the tourism sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. Political Science, online, 1-18. doi:10.1080/00323187.2021.2021803

  • Munshi, D., & Kurian, P. (2021). Public Relations and Sustainable Citizenship: Representing the Unrepresented. Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429322044

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