(on contractual basis), Centre for Political Institutions, Governance
and Development (CPIGD)
Area of Specialisation
- Development politics
- Political theory
(particularly state, civil society and public sphere)
- Citizenship studies
- PhD (University of
Delhi), degree awarded in 2015. Research title: ‘Development Discourse
in State-Civil Society Relation: The Case of Contemporary Odisha’.
Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Fellowship 2015 for School of
Governance and Development in the Age of Globalization of Brown
University, USA, June 2015.
Fellow for International
Studies on Development for one semester in 2010 by the Watson
Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, USA.
Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from UGC.
Chapter in Edited Volume
Local Communities and Legalistic Intervention: The Case of Niyamgiri’
in The Other Side of Development, Displacement, Involuntary
Settlement and Rehabilitation, S Irudaya Rajan and K Indu (eds.),
Routledge (in press).
'The Persistence of
Marginalization’ in Sustainable Rural Livelihood: Emerging
Dimensions, Sanjeeb K Jena, Otem Padung and Phillip Modi (eds.),
Excel India, New Delhi, 2017.
'Citizenship in Theory
and Practice in the Age of Globalization’ in Citizenship in a
Globalizing World, Ashok Acharya (ed.), Pearson, New Delhi, 2012.
'Evolution of Development
Strategy since Independence’ in Contemporary India: Economy,
Society and Polity, Neera Chandhoke and P. Priyadarshi (eds.),
Pearson, New Delhi, 2009.
Writing in Journal
'Questioning the Dominant
Development Model: Local Assertions in Eastern India’, Journal of
Experimental Research on Human Growth and Aging, Vol. 1, Issue 1,
27 June 2018. (opinion piece)
'Is Small Simpler?’, A
debate on smaller states with Prof Asha Sarangi of Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU) in the journal Democratic World, March 2013.
'Where is Development?
Field Notes from the KBK Region of Odisha’, Indian Journal of Human
Development, Vol. 4, No. II, July - December 2010. (research
Invited by Agragamee NGO in Odisha to prepare analytical report on
their major activities (2009). The 105-page report submitted with
title ‘Agragamee Model for Rural Development: Empowerment and
Sustainable Livelihood through Grassroots Action and Training’.
Foreword in the report by Ajay Mehta, Former Director of the National
Foundation for India (NFI).
Reviewed a research
article entitled ‘Municipal Solid Waste Management in India: Status,
Problems and Challenges’ as a part of peer review for the
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (ISSN
No. 1478-9876), February 2017.
Reviewed a research
article entitled ‘Policies of Social Inclusion and its Impact on
Musahar Community in Eastern Nepal‘ as a part of peer review for the
Asian Journal of Development and Governance (ISSN No.
2409-0670), Bangladesh, November 2016.
Panel presentation on
‘Reconfiguring Development(s): Evidences from Asia’ international
conference on Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies
organized by Association for Asian Studies (AAS-in-Asia) in
collaboration with Ashoka University, New Delhi, 5-8 July 2018.
Livelihoods, Conservation, and Resistance’ in a multinational
conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Politics, Administration and
Development in South Asia and Beyond organized by Bergen
University, Norway in collaboration with North South University, Dhaka
in Dhaka, 18-19 November 2017.
Marginalization’ in a national conference on Sustainable Rural
Livelihood: Emerging Dimensions at Arunachal Pradesh Central
University, Itanagar, 10-11 November 2017.
Sustainability, and The Local Voices: Past and Present’ in an
international conference on Values, Ethics and Culture: Past and
Present at Amity University, Noida Campus, Delhi, 4-5 October
'Mining and Exclusion:
Kashipur in Western Odisha’ in an international conference on
Globalization, Culture and Identity: Challenges and Prospects at
FLAME University, Pune, 25 February 2017. 3
'In Search of an
Alternative: A Civil Society Approach in the Tribal Hinterlands of
Eastern India’ in an international conference on Governance and
Development: Asian Perspective 2017 at Rajshahi University,
Bangladesh, 28-29 January 2017.
'Women and Natural
Resource Management: Mahila Mandal in the Tribal Region of Odisha in
Eastern India’ in an international conference on Poverty,
Environment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia-Pacific
at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, 8-9
Neoliberal Development Strategy: The Emerging Scenario in Contemporary
India with a special focus on the State of Odisha’ in an international
conference on Governance, Development and the State in Contemporary
Times at Tezpur Central University, Assam, 9-12 March 2016.
'Development and the
Dynamics of Displacement: Impossibility of the Displacement Argument
in the Niyamgiri Mining Project’ in an international conference on
Development-induced Displacement and Migration, Land Acquisition and
Resettlement at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS),
Thiruvananthapuram, 3-4 March 2016.
'Civil society and Public
Policy: The Case of Niyamgiri Movement in Odisha’ in an international
conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management
at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, 15-17 January
'Civil Society and the
State: Complexities of Opposition and Negotiation’ in a national
conference on The Future of India’s Democracy: Social, Economic and
Political Aspects at the University of Delhi, 30-31 January 2015.
Institutions- Civil Society Interface: Narratives from PESA Areas of
Odisha’ in a national conference on Democracy at Grassroots: Fifty
Years of Panchayati Raj in India at Mohanlal Sukhadia University,
Udaipur, Rajasthan, 5-6 March 2010.
Participation by Invitation
Invited for discussion in
international conference on ‘Engaging Canada and India: Perspectives
on Sustainability’ organized by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, India
Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 11-12 May 2017. Invited on the basis of
discussion in seminar on ‘Rural Landscape, Ethnic Minorities and
Touristification in Asian Highlands’ by the Centre for Social Sciences
and Humanities (CSH) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), India
International Centre, New Delhi, 4 May 2016.
Invited to the session on
civil society of London School of Economics (LSE) India Summit on
Difficult Dialogues in Goa, 28-30 January 2016.
Co-Convener of the 19th
Grassroots Politics Colloquium (GPC) on Identity and Politics in
India, Developing Countries Resource Centre , University of Delhi,
Resource person in
international conference on ‘Issues in finance and Economic
Development in Developing Countries during Globalization Era’, Shri
Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, 6-7 November 2009.
Resource person in Third
International Congress of Asian Political and International Studies
Association (APISA) on ‘Conceptions of Justice in Asia’, Developing
Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi, 23- 25 November 2007.
Membership of Professional Body
Professor (on contractual basis)
Centre for Political
Institutions, Governance and Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Road, Nagarbhavi PO,
Bangalore 560 072, India