Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Senior Professor of Communication and UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad has been selected for the 2024 George Watson Visiting Fellowship at the School of Communication, University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. The Australian $7000 award is tenable for a two-week visit in August 2024 to UQ where he has been invited to deliver a public lecture on the role of community media in communication for social change, hold master classes for students of HDR (higher degree by research) and postgraduate students, and participate in work-in-progress seminars that may be held during that time. University of Queensland is a world top-50 university and the Centre for Communication and Social Change (CSC) at its Communication School is engaged in teaching and research in the areas of: Engagement for Sustainable Development Goals; Advocacy and the Public Good; Communication technologies; and Communication for Climate Action.

Prof. Vinod Pavarala

In 2012, Prof. Pavarala was invited by UQ to deliver a keynote address at an international symposium on Public Spheres, the Media & Social Change in India organized by the CSC. UQ’s Prof. Pradip Thomas, one of the leading scholars of communication for social change, visited the Department of Communication at University of Hyderabad at different points of time and delivered lectures and interacted with Master’s and doctoral students.

Prof. Pavarala was recently also the recipient of the DUO-India Faculty Exchange Fellowship to Loughborough University, UK which enabled him to spend a month in London in 2022 at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries (IMCI). His research and publications have been broadly in the area of communication for social change and, more specifically, on community media. He currently chairs the Community Communication and Alternative Media (CCAM) Section of the International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) and is a Co-Principal Editor for the Journal of Alternative and Community Media.