Hi, I’m Preeti Raghunath, Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune, India. I work in the areas of Media Policies, and Media Anthropology in South Asia. My most recent work is on Data Governance in India, and I’m interested in conceptualising Data Rights.
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My research work and praxis are located at the intersections of South Asian studies, critical media policy studies, human security, and policy ethnography. In terms of my theoretical bent, I draw on critical theories, as well as intersections of ecological and constructivist thought. As a take off from there, I’m intrigued by the normative. In terms of the method adopted, I’m an ethnographer with interests in studying the interconnections of policies and people. My first book titled, Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach, is available here.
I’m currently a Vice-Chair of the Global Media Policy Working Group at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). I also serve as the Editor of the Media Anthropology Research Collective – South Asia, a voluntary grouping of those interested in the sub-discipline.
My doctoral thesis at the University of Hyderabad was titled, ‘Deliberating Community Radio in South Asia: A Critical Policy Ethnography’. The thesis was a critical media policy study of community radio policymaking in four countries of South Asia, namely, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Prior to joining UoH, I studied Politics with specialisation in International Relations, at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Before pursuing academia, I was a print and broadcast journalist, and dabbled with corporate communication.
I love my work, and I’m always looking to collaborate and engage with those with similar academic interests. If my interests speak to you, drop me a message!