The School of Journalism and Communication was disestablished on 31 December, 2014.

The work of the school continues within the new School of Communication and Arts. The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.

Acting Head of School
Chair of Executive Committee

Room 221, Level 2
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Contact Details
Phone: +61 7 3346 8243
Fax: +61 7 3346 8299

Personal Assistant - Ms Fiona Blaber


Associate Professor Pradip Ninan Thomas is a leading academic in the area of communication and social change, communication rights, religion and media and the political economy of communications. Prior to becoming the Acting head of School, he was the co-director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change at UQ. He was elected as the Vice President of the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) in July 2012. He has written extensively on the media and communication including four authored volumes between 2008-2012. He completed a trilogy on the media in India with the publication of the book Digital India: Information. Communication & Social Change (2012) by Sage. He has written a number of articles in some of the best known international journals and in 2014, in Media, Culture & Society, the International Communication Gazette, the International Journal of Communication, and Media International Australia. He is the Associate Editor of the International Communication Gazette and is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including the Journal of Communication, Media International Australia and the International Journal of Press/Politics. He is also on the advisory board of a number of international institutes including the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster. He is the series co-editor (along with Elske van de Fliert) of the Palgrave Studies in Communications for Social Change and a co-authored volume, Interrogating the Theory and Practice of Communication for Social Change: the Basis for a Renewal will be published in November 2014. He is also one of the editors of a book series with the University of Illinois Press ‘The Geopolitics of Information’ along with Prof. Dan Schiller and Prof. Yuezhi Zhao.




  • Phd, Centre for Mass Communications Research, University of Leicester, UK


Research Interests:
  • Political economy of communications
  • Media and Religion
  • Communication and Social Change
  • Indian Media

Methodological Expertise
  • Political economy approach to the study of media structures
  • Qualitative media analyses


Interested in studying for your PhD or MPhil?

Associate Professor Thomas is currently taking expressions of interest from potential RHD candidates. Contact him here to register your interest.


Research Higher Degree Supervision

Current RHD Supervision (2014)

    Ten students as either Primary or Associate Advisor


Completed RHD Supervision

Ten in all inlcuding:

  • Vira Ramelan, "Participatory approaches in media development: An action research project to facilitate and analyse institutional change in agricultural research for development in Indonesia", Primary Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Elske van de Fliert
  • Bambang Budiwiranto, "Participation and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Rural Community Empowerment in Indonesia"
  • Rozita Abdullah. The Influence of Corporate Social marketing (CSM) Campaign among the Diverse Ethnic Groups in Malaysia. Supervisors: Dr Nicholas Carah (primary), Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (associate), Professor Michael Bromley (associate)
  • Gerald Musa. "People Controlled Organisations: The Basis for Sustainable Rural Development in Sokoto - Nigeria. Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Pradip Thomas, Associate supervisor, Dr Nicholas Carah
  • Walakkamol Changkamol. "The role of journalists in peace settlement: A blueprint for socially responsible journalism".Supervisors: Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (primary), Dr Folker Hanusch (USC) (associate), Dr Zala Volcic (associate)           
  • Shu-Fei Chang  
  • Nerawi Sedu     
  • Giles Robert Dodson     
  • Shah MD Nister Jahan Kabir       


Selected Publications:


Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and Communication in India, Sage 2008.

Political Economy of Communications in India: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. New Delhi, India, Sage  2010

Negotiating Communication Rights: Case Studies from India, Sage, 2011

Digital India: Understanding Information, Communication & Social Change, Sage, July 2012

Global and Local Televangelism (co.edit. Philip Lee), Palgrave Macmillan, August 2012

Public Memory, Public Media & the Politics of Justice (co.edit. Philip Lee), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Journal articles:

The Red Surge: Reporting the Maoist Movement in India, International Communications Gazette, 2014, 76, 7, pp.485-504.

Public Sector Software and the Revolution: Digital Literacy in Communist Kerala, Media, Culture & Society, 36, 2 March 2014 pp. 258 - 268.

The Ambivalent State and the Media in India: Between Elite Domination and the Public Interest, International Journal of Communication, 8, 2014, pp. 466-482.

Public Hearings and Public Spheres in India: The case of the Right to Information Movement (RTI) in India, in Media Information Australia, August 2014, pp133-142. Special Issue on Public Spheres and the Media in India. Guest Eds. Vibodh Parthasarthi, Sukhmani Khornana and Pradip Thomas


Book chapters:

Theorising Development, Communication and Social Change in Christians, C. & Nordenstreng, K. (Eds.), Communication Theories in a Multicultural World, Peter Lang (2014), 213-227

Beyond the Dominant Paradigm of Communication Rights: Observations from South Asia, in Andrew Calabrese, Claudia Padovani Eds. Communication Rights and Social Justice: Historical Accounts of Social Mobilisations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 135-151

Copyright and Copyleft in India: Between Global Agendas and Local Interests, in David, M. & Halbert, D. (Ed.) Sage Handbook on Intellectual Property, Sage (2014), 355-369

Development Communication & Social Change in Historical Context, in Karin Wilkins, Thomas Tufte, Raphael Obregon, Eds. Handbook on Development Communication & Social Change, Blackwell Wiley (2014), pp.7-19


Selected Presentations

2014 - Keynote Speaker at the Media & Religion Conference, University of Boulder, Colorado, January 8-10

2013 - Omvoted Speaker, Communication for Peace Workshop, Osaka University, December 16-17


Research Grants

Travel Grants (2005-2012) for conferences in the USA, UK, Italy, South Africa, Philippines, China, India, Singapore

Research Grants – Vietnam (ACIAR, 2nd researcher), South Africa (Workshop Leader), India (Research on Religious Fundamentalism)


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