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Vibodh Parthasarathi

Vibodh Parthasarathi maintains a multidisciplinary interest in media policy and creative industries, his most recent work being the edited double-volume The Indian Media Economy (Oxford University Press 2018). Parthasarathi has been at the forefront of media policy research in India and a winner of numerous grants including from the Ford Foundation, Canada’s IDRC, Social Science Research Council, India New Zealand Education Council, and Open Society Foundation. Currently on extra-ordinary leave from Jamia Millia Islamia, his recent visiting positions include at the University of Queensland, at KU Leuven, and at IIT Bombay. Parthasarathi has been invited to Board or equivalent positions at the Centre for Internet & Society, The Media Foundation, the India Media Centre at the University of Westminster, and the India Open Data Association. He serves in editorial advisory roles at MIT Press and Oxford University Press, at leading journals in his field including the Journal of Communication and Global Media and Communication, and at the public intellectual platform ‘The Conversation’. Parthasarathi’s ongoing research variously explores the deep history of media regulation in India, the risks to media diversity amidst digitalisation, and the emergence of the platform economy in India. He brings to SASNET rich insights from the worlds of academia and public policy across South Asia and wide-ranging experiences from multiple international collaborations and co-publications, the active ones including with scholars from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the United States of America.

As Affiliate Researcher, Parthasarathi plans to expand his interactions with Andreas Mattsson (Lecturer and Program Director, School of Journalism, Department of Communication and Media, Lund University) by building on their longstanding collaborations under SASNET’s Sweden South Asia Media Project, and with Per Stahlberg (Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University) with whom he is working on a series of publications on Media and Modernity in South Asia.


Select Media Exposure

•    Time Magazine Expert Opinion

•    Al Jazeera Expert Opinion

•    Weltfalilche Nachrichten Germany) Expert Opinion

•    Sverige Radio (Sweden) Expert Opinion

•    Scroll (India) Expert Opinion

•    Dawn (Karachi) Interview

•    Internet Freedom Project Interview


Representative Publications 


  • The Indian Media Economy –Vol. 1 & Vol.2(Co-Edited with A. Athique & S.V. Srinivas), Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2018 
  • Communication Processes –Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3(Co-edited with B. Bel, J. Brouwer, B. Das & G. Poitevin) Sage, New Delhi, 2005, 2007, 2010 
  • L’idiot du Village Mondial(Co-edited withM. Sauquet, C. Tramonte, M.V. de Douza) Editions Luc Pire, Brussels/Paris, 2004. 

Journal Issues

  • ‘Public Spheres and the Media in India’, Themed Issue of Media International Australia(Co-Edited with S. Khorana & P. Thomas) No.152, August, 2014

Book Chapters

  • The Public Sphere of Marketed Sound: The business of early recorded music in India’, in T. Niranjana (Ed.) Music, Modernity and the Public Sphere in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming) 
  • ‘Indian TV Anchors on Twitter: Technological Practice and Textual Form’ (co-authored with A. Mitra) in Jingrong Tong & Shih-Hung Lo (Ed.) Digital Technology and Journalism: An International Comparative Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2017
  • ‘Media Research and Public Policy: Tiding Over the Rupture’ (co-authored with B. Das) in R. Mansell & M. Raboy (Ed.) Handbook on Global Media and Communication Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2011

Scientific Articles

  • ‘Digitalization as formalization: A view from below’ (co-authored with A. Amanullah, A. & S. Koshy) International Journal of Digital TelevisionVol.7/2, July, 2016 
  • ‘On the Constituted Contexts of Public Communication’, Media International AustraliaNo.152, August, 2014 
  • ‘Deciphering Chindia: Two Accents of Media Governance’, Global Media and CommunicationVol. 6, No. 3, 2010 

Key Reports

  • Indian Newspapers’ Digital Transition: Dainik Jagran, Hindustan Times, and Malayala Manorama (co-authored with Z. Aneez, S. Chattapadhyay, R. Kleis Nielsen), Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, 2016
  • Mapping Digital Media– India (Lead Author); The Open Society Foundation, London, 2013

Public Writing

  • ‘A pop-up newsroom to fight fake news: A view from Swedish Elections’ (co-authored in Andreas Mattsson) The Conversation26 September 2018
  • ‘No Mousy Deal: Murdoch’s Fox remains clever as ever in the deal with Disney’, Scroll,26 January 2018
  • ‘Why Indian Politicians Buy Cable Operations’ (co-authored with A Srinivas), Media Power Monitor30 April, 2016 

Vibodh Parthasarathi

Vibodh Parthasarathi

E-mail: vparthasarathi [at] jmi [dot] ac [dot] in ( )