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Dr Mugdha Rai is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is also the Director, Strategic Communications Management Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Arts.

She has degrees in media and communications, international law, and journalism from the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Delhi University. Her teaching and research focuses closely on issues of strategic communications, advocacy, communication for change, political communication, and democracy, and she has published widely in journals including Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette and Global Media and Communication.

Mugdha has extensive experience in education leadership and postgraduate curriculum design and development. Her achievements and contribution have been recognised by multiple awards and commendations at School, Faculty and University levels including the Faculty Award for Leadership in Postgraduate Education in 2021 and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Educational Leadership in 2022.

Supervision interests

  • strategic communications
  • advocacy
  • communications for change
  • political communication

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Media and Communications, PhD, Globalization and sovereignty in the media: contemporary news representations of the economy and migration, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 23 Oct 2013

International Law, Masters, Australian National University (ANU)

Award Date: 21 Sept 2001

International and Asian Politics, Graduate Diploma, La Trobe University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1999

Journalism, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours), University of Delhi

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

Research area keywords

  • global communication
  • strategic communications
  • advocacy communications
  • political communication
  • communications and democracy
  • communication for change