Dr Jagadish Thaker

Senior Lecturer in Communication

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 68240


JT or JAGADISH THAKER (Ph.D., George Mason University) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. He is an affiliate researcher with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. His research examines ways to understand and enhance public, business, and policy engagement with climate change and public health. He specializes in the fields of science and climate change communication, health communication, and strategic communication campaigns.

He has received over $1.01 million in funding as a PI or a Co-PI from the government (MBIE, National Science Challenges) and other organisations (Stichting SED Fund).

He has won several awards, including the 2022 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award from the National Communication Association, the 2023 and 2022 Top Paper Awards in Environmental Communication from the International Communication Association, the 2021 Outstanding PhD Aulmus from the George Mason University’s Department of Communication, Massey Business School’s Excellence in Research award, and the Top 40 under 40 inspiring teachers award from The Indian Express, a leading newspaper in India. His co-edited book, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, was a finalist in the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 PROSE Award.

He has served as an expert reviewer or jury for the National Geographic Society, Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), European Science Foundation, and Health Research Council New Zealand, among other funding agencies.

Research Impacts

His research was covered in over 1000 media outlets, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, The Atlantic, New Zealand Herald, The Hindu, and he has appeared several times on national TV and radio in New Zealand. His research was featured by the Royal Society of New Zealand. His research has been cited by scholars in top institutions, intergovernmental agencies such as The World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO, government agencies in India and New Zealand, and sustainability business groups and advocacy organisations.


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Book Chapter

  • Thaker, Jagadish (2021). Environmentalism of the poor: global south perspectives on environmental communication. The handbook of international trends in environmental communication. (pp. 193-205) edited by Bruno Takahashi, Julia Metag, Jagadish Thaker and Suzannah Evans Comfort. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780367275204-15

  • Takahashi, Bruno, Metag, Julia, Thaker, Jagadish and Comfort, Suzannah Evans (2021). Expanding conceptualizations of environmental communication research. The handbook of international trends in environmental communication. (pp. 3-13) New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780367275204-2

  • Thaker, Jagadish and Dutta, Mohan J. (2019). Women farmers' voices on climate change adaptation in India. Environmental communication among minority populations. (pp. 101-118) edited by Bruno Takahashi and Sonny Rosenthal. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351127080

  • Thaker, Jagadish, Dutta, Mohan Jyoti, Nair, Vijay and Rao, Vishnu Prasad (2018). Media portrayal stigma among gender and sexual minorities. Communicating for social change: meaning, power, and resistance. (pp. 383-407) edited by Mohan Jyoti Dutta and Dazzelyn Baltazar Zapata. Singapore, Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-2005-7_18

  • Rowan, Katherine E., Kotcher, John, Walsh-Thomas, Jenell, Baldwin, Paula K., Trowbridge, Janey, Thaker, Jagadish T., Joe Witte, H., Klinger, Barry A., Cohen, Ligia, Tresch, Candice and Maibach, Edward W. (2018). Best practices of “innovator” TV meteorologists who act as climate change educators. Risk and health communication in an evolving media environment. (pp. 123-155) edited by H. Dan O'Hair. New York, United States: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.1201/9781315168821

  • Thaker, Jagadish (2017). Climate change communication in India. Oxford research encyclopedia of climate science. (pp. 1-1) edited by Matthew C. Nisbet, Shirley S. Ho, Ezra Markowitz, Saffron O’Neill, Mike S. Schäfer and Jagadish Thaker. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.471

  • Thaker, Jagadish and Dutta, Mohan (2016). Millet in our own voices: a culturally-centred articulation of alternative development by DDS Women Farmers’ Sanghams. Globalisation and the challenges of development in contemporary India. (pp. 131-144) edited by Sita Venkateswar and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay. Singapore, Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0454-4_7

  • Kostadinov, Kosta and Thaker, Jagadish (2013). Sustainable development and climate change: beyond the Rio + 20 Summit. Sustainable development and green communication: African and Asian perspectives. (pp. 43-57) edited by Jan Servaes. Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137329417

  • Thaker, Jagadish (2012). Climate change. The international encyclopedia of health communication. (pp. 1052-1062) edited by Evelyn Y. Ho and Iccha Basnyat. New York, NY, United States: Wiley.

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