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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. 

Professional

Qualifications

  • 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

Thematics

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)

Keywords

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

Journal

Thaker, JJ., Zhao, X., & Leiserowitz, A. (2017). Media use and public perceptions of global warming in India. Environmental Communication: a journal of nature and culture. , 1-17 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/renc20
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Trowbridge, J., & Thaker, JJ. (2016). The case of the national youth anti-drug media campaign: A critical analysis from a strategic communication perspective. Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing. 8(Winter 2015), 136-169 Retrieved from http://publichealth.gwu.edu/departments/pch/phcm/casesjournal/volume8/files/Cases_Vol_8_Trowbridge_FINAL.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.
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.
Dutta, MJ., Thaker, J., & Sun, K. (2014). Neoliberalism, neocolonialism, and communication for social change: A culture-centered agenda for the social sciences. Global Media Journal. 2014
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, J., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014). Shifting discourses of climate change in India. Climatic Change. 123(2), 107-119
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Howe, PD., Thaker, J., & Leiserowitz, A. (2014). Public perceptions of rainfall change in India. Climatic Change. 127(2), 211-225
[Journal article]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ. (2013). Constructing culture of science: Communication of science in India and China. Science Communication. 35(4), 539-540
[Book Review]Authored by: Thaker, J.

Book

Rowan, K., Kotcher, J., Walsch-Thomas, J., Baldwin, PK., Trowbridge, J., Thaker, JJ., . . . Maibach, E. (2017). Explaining Local Impacts of Climate Change: TV Meteorologists as Climate Science Educators. In D. O’Hair (Ed.) Risk and Health Communication in an Evolving Media Environment. US: Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ. (2017). Climate change communication in India. In MC. Nisbet, S. Ho, E. Markowitz, S. O'Neill, M. Schafer, & J. Thaker (Eds.) Oxford research encyclopedia of climate change communication.
[Chapter]Authored by: Thaker, J.Edited by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M. (2016). Millet in our own voices: A culturally-centred articulation of alternative development by DDS women farmers’ Sanghams. In S. Venkateswar, & S. Bandyopadhyay (Eds.) Globalisation and the challenges of development in contemporary India. (pp. 131 - 144). Singapore: Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.(2014). Bt cotton, scientific studies, and power circuits: Culturally-centering science.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Kostadinov, K., & Thaker, J. (2013). Sustainable development and climate change: Beyond the Rio + 20 Summit. In Sustainable Development and Green Communication: African and Asian Perspectives. (pp. 43 - 57).
[Chapter]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Leiserowitz, A., & Thaker, JJ.(2012). Climate change in the Indian mind..
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.

Conference

Thaker, JJ.Challenges to a health campaign among sexual minorities in India. . San Diego
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ.Global Warming's Six Indias. . San Diego
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Dutta, M., & Thaker, JJ.Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Famers Amid the Agrarian Crisis in India: A Culture­Centered Intervention. . San Diego
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.The Interplay Between Stigma, Collective Efficacy and Advocacy: Lessons for Public Health Interventions among Sexual Minorities. . San Diego
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ.Examining the Gender ­Gap in Environmental Concern: A Media Socialization Hypothesis. . San Diego
[Conference 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.
Thaker, JJ.Cross national attitudes towards homosexuality in 24 countries. . Fukuoka, Japan
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.Media stigma among gender and sexual minorities in India. . Fukuoka, Japan
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.Does Media Affect Farmer’s Crop Choices? Exploring the Role of Media in Enhancing Farmer’s Adaptive Capacity. . San Juan, Puerto Rico
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ.Evaluating image repair strategies of CRU scientists and IPCC after the Climategate and Glaciergate Crises. . San Juan Puerto Rico
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., Maibach, E., Leiserowitz, A., Zhao, X., & Howe, P.Role of Collective Efficacy in Climate Change Communication: A Multilevel Analysis. . San Juan, Puerto Rico
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.Community Media As Sites of Resistance to GM Technologies. . San Juan, Puerto Rico
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.Women farmers’ voices on climate change: A culture-centered approach to climate change adaptation. . Seattle, US
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.
Thaker, JJ., & Dutta, M.Agriculture technologies and alternate development: Women farmers resistance to Bt cotton.. . Seattle
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.

Other

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.
Leiserowitz, A., Thaker, JJ., Feinberg, G., & Cooper, D. (2013). Global warming’s Six Indias.
[Working Paper]Authored by: Thaker, J.

Media and Links

Media

  • 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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