Servaes, Jan

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À propos

Jan Servaes (Ph.D.) is the former UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change. He has taught International Communication and Communication for Social Change in Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Thailand, and the United States, in addition to several teaching stints at about 120 universities in 55 countries.

Servaes is Editor of the Lexington Book Series « Communication, Globalization and Cultural Identity » (, and the Springer Book Series « Communication, Culture and Change in Asia » (, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal « Telematics and Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Journal on the Social Impacts of New Technologies ».

Servaes has been President of the European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR, later and Vice-President of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR,, in charge of Academic Publications and Research, from 2000 to 2004. He chaired the Scientific Committee for the World Congress on Communication for Development (Rome, 25-27 October 2006), organized by the World Bank, FAO and the Communication Initiative.

Servaes has undertaken research, development, and advisory work around the world and is the author of more than 500 journal articles and 25 books/monographs, published in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai, on such topics as international and development communication; ICT and media policies; intercultural communication; participation and social change; and human rights and conflict management. He is known for his ‘multiplicity paradigm’ in « Communication for Development. One World, Multiple Cultures » (1999).

Some of his recent book titles include:

(2021) Servaes, Jan (ed.) Learning from Communicators in Social Change. The power of development. Singapore: Springer.

(2020) Servaes, Jan (ed.) Handbook on Communication for development and social change. Singapore: Springer.

(2017) Servaes, Jan (ed.) The Sustainable Development Goals in an Asian context. Singapore: Springer.

(2016) Servaes, Jan & Oyedemi, Toks (Eds.) The Praxis of Social Inequality in Media: A Global Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littefield.

(2016) Servaes, Jan & Oyedemi, Toks (Eds.) Social Inequalities, Media, and Communication: Theory and Roots. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littefield.

(2014) Jan Servaes (Ed.). Technological Determinism and Social Change. Lanham: Lexington Books.

(2014) Jan Servaes and Patchanee Malikhao. Communication for Social Change (in Chinese). Wuhan: Wuhan University Press.

(2013) Jan Servaes (Ed.). Sustainable Development and Green Communication. African and Asian Perspectives, London/New York: Palgrave/MacMillan.

(2013) J. Servaes (Ed.). Sustainability, Participation and Culture in Communication. Theory and Praxis. Bristol-Chicago: Intellect-University of Chicago Press.

(2008) J. Servaes. Communication for Development and Social Change. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore: Sage.

(2007) J. Servaes & Liu S. (E ds.). Moving Targets. Mapping the Paths Between Communication, Technology and Social Change in Communities. Penang: Southbound.

(2006) P. Thomas & J. Servaes (Eds.). Intellectual Property Rights and Communications in Asia. New Delhi: Sage.

(2006) J. Servaes & N. Carpentier (Eds.). Towards A Sustainable European Information Society, ECCR Book Series. Bristol: Intellect.

(2005) Shi -Xu, Kienpointner M. & J. Servaes (Eds.). Read the Cultural Other. Forms of Otherness in the Discourses of Hong Kong’s Decolonisation. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.

(2003) J. Servaes (Ed.). The European Information Society: A Reality Check, ECCR Book Series. Bristol: Intellect.

(2003) J. Servaes (Ed.). Approaches to Development. Studies on Communication for Development, Paris: Unesco Publishing House.

(Ver. 01-2022)

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