Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Alumnus of the Year Communication

2021 Awardee

Jagadish Thaker

Jagadish Thaker

Communication PhD

Jagadish is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University. Jagadish is an affiliate researcher with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation at the National University of Singapore. His research examines ways to enhance public engagement with climate change. His work focuses primarily on how to help some of the world's poorest and most disenfranchised people, including female farmers in one of India's most insecure regions, become more secure through collective advocacy. He has won several grants and awards including the National Communication Association’s Golden Anniversary Monograph award, Massey Business School’s Excellence in Research award, and Top 40 under 40 inspiring teachers award from The Indian Express, a leading newspaper in India. His co-edited book was a finalist in the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 PROSE Award. He serves as an expert reviewer for the European Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

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