Professor Mohan Dutta recognised with Bridge Award

Thursday 5 May 2022
The International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference, ‘Bridging the Gaps’ has awarded Professor Dutta the Bridge Award for Excellence in Connecting Crisis and Risk Communication Research.
Professor Mohan J. Dutta, School of Communications, Journalism and Marketing and Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE)

Professor Dutta is a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA) and Distinguished Scholar with the National Communication Association (NCA).

The award recognises Professor Dutta’s research programme developing and applying the culture-centered approach in creating community-owned democratic processes of participation in addressing crises and risks. Under the auspices of the Center for Culture-centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), he has led and carried out more than fifty community-led social change projects across the globe, working with communities experiencing marginalisation. The projects have led to creation of health infrastructures, sustainable agricultural practices, sustainable development infrastructures, economic resources, cultural resources, and public policies led by communities at the margins.

Spanning seventeen countries across four continents, the impact of Professor Dutta’s scholarship is felt in communities experiencing structurally constituted risks and crises, through the creation of infrastructures for voice, participation, and community democracies. Fostering community participation in everyday grassroots democracies, the theoretical contribution of this work lies in transforming the impetus of social change work to advocacy and activism directed at changing the inequalities in distribution of power shaped by the intertwined structures of colonialism and capitalism.

Professor Dutta’s leadership in forging a bridge between risk and crisis communication theory and practice is perhaps best reflected in the activist-in-residence programme at CARE that offers transformative solutions through white papers, and community dialogues.

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