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Dr JT Thaker

Lecturer in Communication and/or Public Relations

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing

JT or JAGADISH THAKER (Ph.D., George Mason University) is a Lecturer at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University.  He 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 National University of Singapore. His research examines ways to understand and enhance vulnerable communities adaptive capacity to climate change impacts, and he specializes in the fields of science and climate change communication, health communication, and strategic communication campaigns. 



  • PhD - George Mason University (2012)

Prizes and Awards

  • Research Translation Award (Early Career) - Massey Business School (2016)
  • Micro-grant for hiring research assistants - Communication, Journalism & Marketing (2015)
  • Grant to build partnerships with Indian Universities - Communication, Journalism & Marketing (CJM) (2015)
  • Start-up grant - Communication, Journalism & Marketing (CJM) (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Climate change communication

Health communication

Strategic communication campaigns

Mixed Methods


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Asian Cultural Studies (200202): Communication and Media Studies (200100): Communication Studies (200101): Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102):
Communications Technologies (100500):
Cultural Studies (200200): Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205): International and Development Communication (200103): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000):
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Technology (100000)


Climate change communication, science communication, public understanding of science, health communication, strategic communication campaigns, public opinion surveys

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 0

Research Outputs


Thaker, J., Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Zhao, X., & Howe, P. (2016). The role of collective efficacy in climate change adaptation in India. Weather, Climate, and Society. 8(1), 21-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.


Leiserowitz, A., & Thaker, JJ.(2012). Climate change in the Indian mind..
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.


Thaker, J., Zhao, X., & Leiserowitz, A.(2017). Media Use and Public Perceptions of Global Warming in India. Paper presented at the meeting of Environmental Communication
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.


Dutta, M., & Thaker, JJ. (2016). Culture-Centered Method: The nuts and bolts of co-creating communication infrastructures of listening in communities.
[Working Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.Contributed to by: Thaker, J.

Media and Links


  • 22 May 2017 - Newspaper
    Top 40 under 40 India's Inspiring Young Teachers
    Awarded as a top 40 under 40 inspiring teachers in South India
  • 13 Mar 2015 - Magazine
    What does rural and urban India think about climat
    Writ-up on climate change research
  • 01 Mar 2014 - Magazine
    Climate Change in the Indian Mind

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