Institute for Social and Economic Change



Ambuja K Tripathy




Assistant Professor (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
Academic Qualification
  • PhD (University of Delhi), degree awarded in 2015. Research title: ‘Development Discourse in State-Civil Society Relation: The Case of Contemporary Odisha’.
Research Fellowship
  • Brown International 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.

  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from UGC.

Selected Publications

Chapter in Edited Volume

  1. 'Development Projects, 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).

  2. 'The Persistence of Marginalization’ in Sustainable Rural Livelihood: Emerging Dimensions, Sanjeeb K Jena, Otem Padung and Phillip Modi (eds.), Excel India, New Delhi, 2017.

  3. 'Citizenship in Theory and Practice in the Age of Globalization’ in Citizenship in a Globalizing World, Ashok Acharya (ed.), Pearson, New Delhi, 2012.

  4. '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
  1. '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)

  2. 'Is Small Simpler?’, A debate on smaller states with Prof Asha Sarangi of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the journal Democratic World, March 2013. (popular article)

  3. 'Where is Development? Field Notes from the KBK Region of Odisha’, Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 4, No. II, July - December 2010. (research article)

  • 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).

Article Review
  • 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.

Conference/ Seminar
  1. 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.

  2. 'Reconstructing Identity: 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.

  3. 'Persistence of Marginalization’ in a national conference on Sustainable Rural Livelihood: Emerging Dimensions at Arunachal Pradesh Central University, Itanagar, 10-11 November 2017.

  4. 'Development, 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 2017.

  5. '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

  6. '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.

  7. '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 December 2016.

  8. 'Interrogating the 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.

  9. '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.

  10. '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 2016.

  11. '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.

  12. 'Panchayati Raj 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 abstract submitted.

  •  Invited for 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.

Resource Person

  • Co-Convener of the 19th Grassroots Politics Colloquium (GPC) on Identity and Politics in India, Developing Countries Resource Centre , University of Delhi, March 2009.

  • 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
  • Affiliated Fellow at Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC), a multidisciplinary research centre concerned with the critical developmental issues of the developing countries affiliated to the University of Delhi.

Assistant 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
Phone: 080-23215468

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