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Dr Indrani Lahiri

Job: Lecturer in Public Relations

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Media Discourse Group (MDG)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7859

E: indrani.lahiri@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/indranilahiri

 

Personal profile

Indrani Lahiri joined De Montfort University in 2015, as Lecturer in Public Relations. She also contributes to lectures within the Media and Communication Dissertation programme, the Advertising and Consumption course, and the second year module Media Discourse: Events.

Indrani completed her PhD (awarded without corrections) at the University of Stirling. She was a Charles Wallace Trust Scholar, whose work provides a link between Media Studies and International/Global research, encouraging collaboration between scholarly endeavour and pedagogy. At the University of Stirling she taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contributed to postgraduate supervision. She has delivered a postgraduate student mentoring programme, providing support and guidance, and also continues to work closely with the migration network (GRAMNET) at the University of Glasgow.

She holds an Associate Fellowship with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and has completed the PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE, CAPP10, Level 7, Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education). She is presently working towards gaining the HEA Fellowship.

She encourages postgraduate research and welcomes research proposal from prospective students who want to pursue doctoral study. Students can email research proposals directly to her address.

Research Profile

Indrani Lahiri’s expertise covers contemporary media, culture, society and politics. Her doctoral thesis looks into the relationship between the between the media and the Left Front Government (LFG) in the provincial state of West Bengal in India between 1977 and 2011. This involves the use of a theoretical framework based onthe Four Theories of the Press (Liberal Pluralism, Development Media Theory, notions of the Public Sphere, and the Marxist school of thought), combined with Comparative Analysis of Three Models of Indrani Lahiri joined De Montfort University in 2015, as Lecturer in Public Relations. She also contributes to lectures within the Media and Communication Dissertation programme, the Advertising and Consumption course, and the second year module Media Discourse: Events.

Indrani completed her PhD (awarded without corrections) at the University of Stirling. She was a Charles Wallace Trust Scholar, whose work provides a link between Media Studies and International/Global research, encouraging collaboration between scholarly endeavour and pedagogy. At the University of Stirling she taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contributed to postgraduate supervision. She has delivered a postgraduate student mentoring programme, providing support and guidance, and also continues to work closely with the migration network (GRAMNET) at the University of Glasgow.

She holds an Associate Fellowship with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and has completed the PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE, CAPP10, Level 7, Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education). She is presently working towards gaining the HEA Fellowship.

She encourages postgraduate research and welcomes research proposal from prospective students who want to pursue doctoral study. Students can email research proposals directly to her address.Media and Politics (Postcolonial Society,  Globalisation and Cultural Imperialism). The research involves qualitative methodology and methods: Historiography, Institutional Research, Interviews, Document analysis and research. Based on the theoretical framework the research explores political, social and economic transitions in India and examines the changes in the media and governmental policies in West Bengal. The time span of the research involves two specific periods in post Independent India. The first from 1977-1990 is the postcolonial India and her nation building phase; the second phase is 1991-2011, when India as a postcolonial nation embraced globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation based on the US prescription of Structural Adjustment Programme. The research also investigates the approach adopted by the government in West Bengal towards governance and explores whether the media played any role in stabilising or destabilising the government in the provincial state. The research engages in the study of rise of vernacular media towards regional empowerment which contributed towards coalition governments in India. It glances at two major incidents that was claimed to have played a catalytic role in defeating the left in the state- Singur and Nandigram.  The thesis finds that neoliberalism in India had considerable effects on the CPI (M), the media and their relationship. The findings also suggest that the media contributed to, rather than played a determining role in destabilising the Left Front Government. Finally the research finds that the CPI (M) had an arduous relation with the media since 1977 when the party decided to participate in the parliamentary democracy. The research can be extended to future studies on the relationship in other countries.

Her research interests include pressing questions in contemporary media studies, socio-political concerns, political communication, media culture, media effects, media economies, media technologies, postcolonialism, globalization, European politics, political economy and social developmental policies (to mention a few). Apart from these she has special interest in the relation between the social media and political deliberation in the public sphere. Her experience of working in the social media has provided me excellent opportunity to learn and gather knowledge on the research methods and skills to communicate effectively and efficiently in the social media to impart impact. Her engagement with the social media innovation has contributed to further research collaboration internationally.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Political Communication
  • Postcolonialism
  • Media Culture
  • Globalisation
  • Social Developmental Policies
  • Media and Politics
  • Media and Identity

Areas of teaching

  • Public Relations
  • Media and Communication Dissertation
  • Advertising and Consumption
  • Media Discourse : Events

Courses taught

Foundations of Communication, Organisations and Management, International Communication, Media Economics, PR Technology, Research Methods, Integrated Marketing Communications, Media and Communications Management.

Honours and awards

Associate Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Charles Wallace Trust Award 2013

International Student Mentoring Award 2013-2015

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)- Peer Reviewer in Politics, Media and Journalism, Anthropology and Social Sciences (2014-Present)
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA PGN)- Advisory Board Member and Peer Reviewer, Networking Knowledge (2014-Present)
  • Stryvling Stirling International Postgraduate Research Journal (2011-2014)- Copy Editor and Peer Reviewer
  • Scottish Media and Communication Association (SMCA) Committee Member (2013-Present)
  • MeCCSA PGN Outreach Officer (2011-2012) 

Conference attendance

  • The role of media in changing Public Opinion in West Bengal, SGRS Post Graduate Research Conference, 12th May 2011, University of Stirling.
  • The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its relation with media for 34 years in West Bengal, MeCCSA – PGN Conference, 4th-5th July 2011, Bournemouth Business Centre.
  • Attended IRISS workshop on Social Media, University of Edinburgh.
  • Attended the Scottish Graduate Summer School, University of Edinburgh and Herriot-Watt University.
  • The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its relation with media for 34 years in West Bengal, ECREA Symposium, 16th-17th December 2011, London School of Economics.
  • Globalisation and media in India, International Seminar, 11th December 2012, Jadavpur University.
  • Hosted the Scottish Media and Communication Association (SMCA) conference, 26th April 2013, Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Scottish Oral History Centre, Inauguration seminar, University of Strathclyde.
  • Presented probable research collaborations at University of Mumbai, Jadavpur University and Jamaia Milia Islamia University, India, August-September 2014

Industry interests/expertise

Indrani Lahiri has worked on developing a project on social media and brand communication at Kinnect2 as a Brand Communication and Research Manager. She undertook extensive market research and organised brand awareness and campaigns depending on the outcome from the research. One of the important roles that she had to undertake as part of this project was developing promotional and campaign materials (both visual and print) for both internal and external stakeholders as a part of developing strong integrated professional relationships. This also had impacted on the engagement of the audience both within and inside the organisation and involved the identification of problems related to campaign material, communication and engagement. 

Skills

Indrani Lahiri’s skills include research, data analysis, academic writing, public speaking, administration, international relations, copy editing, editing, public relations, teaching, social media, social networking, leadership, blogging, journalism, proofreading, teamwork, creative writing, report writing, copy writing and market research.

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