Institute for Social and Economic Change

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R Manjula

Faculty

R Manjula

Assistant Professor, Centre for Decentralisation and Development

Academic Qualification
  • Ph.D. in Economics from University of Mysore, Mysore.
  • MA in Economics from Kuvempu University, Shimoga.
  • Qualified – Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) for Assistant Professor in the subject of Economics.
 
Area of Specialisation
  • Decentralisation, public service delivery, Women Leadership in Panchayats and Cooperatives, Public works programme, Social Security, Rural Development and Child Labour.
 
Selected Publications
Books/Monographs
  1. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and M Devendra Babu) (eds.). Decentralisation in Contemporary India: Status, Issues and the Way Forward. Routledge, Oxon, UK and New York, 2022.
  2. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and T Paranjothi) (eds.). Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Experiences from the Asia Pacific Region, Springer Nature, Singapore, 2020.
  3. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) (eds.). Decentralisation, Cooperatives and Rural Development, Rawat, Jaipur, 2020.
  4. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) Decentralised Governance, Development Programmes and Elite Capture, Springer, Singapore, 2018.
  5. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) Institutions, Governance and Development: A Study of Selected Grama Panchayats in Karnataka, ISEC monograph No.52, 2017.
  6. (D Rajasekhar, K S Manjunath and R Manjula) Improving the Delivery of Social Security Benefits in Karnataka: A Review of Application and Submission Procedures of Government Social Security Schemes, ISEC monograph No.47, 2016.
  7. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Decentralised Governance and Service Delivery: Affordability of Drinking Water Supply by Gram Panchayats in Karnataka, ISEC Monograph 23, 2011.
  8. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula, Suchitra J Y and Sanjiv Kumar) Child Labour in Bidar and Chamarajanagar Districts: A Status Report and Ways Forward, ILO, 2007.
  9. (D Rajasekhar, N Krishne Gowda and R Manjula) Impact of Bank Interest Rates on SHG Members, Concept Publishing Co., New Delhi, 2006.
  1. (Yuko Mori, Rajasekhar D, Manjula R, Takashi Kurosaki and Jun Goto) Do Women Council Members Allocate More Public Goods? Evidence from Rural India, Economic Development and Cultural Change (The University of Chicago Press Journals) (forthcoming)
  2. (Erlend Berg, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Pushing Welfare: Encouraging Awareness and Uptake of Social Benefits in South India, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 70(2): 901-939, January 2022https://doi.org/10.1086/713880
  3. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Ensuring Food Security, The Cooperator, 57(10): 35-36, April – August 2020.
  4. (Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula, D Rajasekhar and Sanchari Roy) Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance? The Economic Journal, 129 (617): 110-142, January 2019.https://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12544
  5. (Erlend Berg, Sambit Bhattacharyya, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Can Public Works Increase Equilibrium Wages? Evidence from India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee, World Development, 103: 239-254, March 2018.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.10.027
  6. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) Quality of Governance in Gram Panchayats: Evidence from Karnataka, Journal of Rural Development, 37 (4): 603-620, 2018.
  7. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Potential of Cooperatives towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals in India, FAPCCI Review, XVIII (36): 18-21, September 5, 2018.
  8. (R Manjula) Decentralisation and Participation of Marginalised Groups in MGNREGS: Evidence from Karnataka, Man and Development, XXXIX (3): 129-146, September 2017.
  9. (D Rajasekhar, Santosh Kesavan, R Manjula) Are our Contributory Pension Schemes Failing the Poor? Economic and Political Weekly, LII (27): 77-85, July 8th 2017.
  10. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and Suchitra J Y) Can Micro-Finance promote Livelihoods and reduce Vulnerability among Adivasis? A Study of some NGO Interventions from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Social Change, 47 (1): 65-80, 2017.
  11. (Salim Lakha, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Collusion, Cooption and Capture: Social accountability and Social Audits in Karnataka, India, Oxford Development Studies, 43 (3): 330-348, 2015.
  12. (D Rajasekhar, G Sreedhar, R Manjula, R R Biradar and N L Narasimha Reddy) Is There a Case to Extend Social Pension Schemes to all Unorganised Workers? Evidence from Karnataka, The Grassroots Governance Journal, 12 (2): July-December, 2014.
  13. (R Manjula and D Rajasekhar) How did Grama Panchayats perform in Own Revenue Mobilisation? Lessons from Karnataka, The Grassroots Governance Journal, 10 (2), July-December 2013.
  14. (D Rajasekhar, Salim Lakha and R Manjula) How effective are Social Audits under MGNREGS? Lessons from Karnataka, Sociological Bulletin, 62 (3): 431-455, September-December 2013.
  15. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula, Suchitra J Y and Sanjeev Kumar) Vocational Education for Adolescent Workers: Some Policy Options, Social Work Chronicle, 2 (1), 2013.
  16. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Affordability of Streetlight Services by Grama Panchayats in Karnataka: Status, Determinants and Ways Forward, Journal of Rural Development, 31 (4), October – December 2012.
  17. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) Are Checks and Balances in MGNREGS Effective? The Indian Journal of Social Work, 73 (4), October 2012.
  18. (D Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula and Sanchari Roy) Implementing Health Insurance: The Rollout of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana in Karnataka, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (20), May 14, 2011.
  19. (M Devendra Babu, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Role of Grama Sabha in the Implementation of MGNREGS: Field Insights from Karnataka, The Grassroots Governance Journal, IX (2), July – December 2011.
  20. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Magnitude, Dimension and Causes of Child Labour in Karnataka: A Secondary Source Review, Indian Journal of Rural and Urban Development, 1 (1), April – September 2011.
  21. (R Manjula) ‘Poverty: In Search of Solutions’, One India One People, Vol.13/7, February 2010.
  22. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Affordability of Water Supply Services by Decentralised Government in India, The Environ Monitor – Monthly Journal of Environmental Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, VIII (3 & 4), Mar – April 2008.
  23. (D Rajasekhar, Suchitra J Y and R Manjula) ‘Women Workers in Urban Informal Employment: the Status of Agarbathi and Garment Workers in Karnataka’, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 50 (4), December 2007.
  1. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) “Invited Space, Deliberative Democracy and Decentralised Governance: Evidence from Karnataka”. In S. Rajendran, V. Selvaraju and M. Mahesha (eds). Dynamics of Rural Development in India, Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, 2023.
  2. (N.L. Narasimha Reddy, D. Rajasekhar and R. Manjula) “Inclusive Development through GPDP: A Case Study from Telangana State”. In N. Sivanna, Narayana Billava and Nayanatara S. Nayak (Eds). Decentralised Governance and Planning In India, Concept, New Delhi, 2023.
  3. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) “Awareness and Access to social security among the unorganised worker households: A study of scheduled caste sub-plan and tribal sub-plan in Karnataka’. In Choragudi, Rahul, Sony Pellissery and N Jayaram (eds.) Caste Matters in Public Policy, Routledge: 2023.
  4. (M Devendra Babu, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Does decentralisation promote balanced regional development? Evidence from Karnataka’ in Vinod B Annigeri, S V Hanagodimath, Arunkumar R Kulkarni and R S Deshpande (eds.) Federalism and Regionalism, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2022.
  5. (R Manjula). ‘Implementing workfare through Decentralised Government for Poverty Reduction’. In D Rajasekhar (ed.), Handbook of Decentralised Governance and Development in India, Routledge, 2022.
  6. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula). ‘Deliberative democracy through Grama Sabha: Progress and Issues’. In D Rajasekhar (ed.), Handbook of Decentralised Governance and Development in India, Routledge, 2022.
  7. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula). ‘Are citizens participating in Grama Sabha to improve service delivery: Evidence from Karnataka’? In D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and M Devendra Babu (ed.), Decentralisation in contemporary India: Status, Issues and the Way Forward, Routledge, 2022.
  8. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula). ‘Decentralised delivery of school education: Evidence from Karnataka’ In D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and M Devendra Babu (ed.), Decentralisation in contemporary India: Status, Issues and the Way Forward, Routledge, 2022.
  9. (R Manjula) ‘Role of Cooperatives in Climate Smart Agriculture’. In D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and T Paranjothi (eds.). Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Experiences from the Asia Pacific Region, Springer, Singapore, 2020.
  10. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and T Paranjothi) ‘Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Experiences from the Asia Pacific Region’. In D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and T Paranjothi (eds.). Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Experiences from the Asia Pacific Region, Springer, Singapore, 2020.
  11. (R Manjula and D Rajasekhar) ‘Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Conclusions and the Way Forward’. In D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and T Paranjothi (eds.). Cooperatives and Social Innovation: Experiences from the Asia Pacific Region, Springer, Singapore, 2020.
  12. (R Manjula) ‘Poverty Reduction through Panchayats: Evidence from the Field’. In Gayithri K, N Sivanna and M Devendra Babu (eds), Decentralised Governance and Planning in India. New Delhi: Studium Press, 2020.
  13. (R Manjula) ‘Public Works for Rural Development: Role of Gram Panchayats and Cooperatives. In D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula (eds), Decentralization, Cooperatives and Rural Development. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2020.
  14. (D Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg and R Manjula) ‘Randomised Controlled Trials and Programme Evaluations: Our Experience and Lessons’ in N Jayaram (ed.) Knowing the Social World: Perspectives and Possibilities, Orient BlackSwan, 2017.
  15. (D Rajasekhar, G Sreedhar, R Manjula, R R Biradar, N L Narasimha Reddy) ‘Urban Governance and Delivery of Pensions: A Study of Urban and Rural Households in Selected Districts in Karnataka’, in Anil Kumar Vaddiraju, Satyanarayana Sangita and Kala Seetharam Sridhar (eds) Urban Governance in Karnataka and Bengaluru: Global Changes and Local Impacts, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Delhi, 2016.
  16. (D Rajasekhar, Manjula R and Suchitra J Y) Does Micro-Finance Reduce Vulnerability: A Study of Dalit Households in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu? In N Jayaram and D Rajasekhar (eds). Vulnerability and Globalisation: Perspectives and Analyses from India, Rawat Publications: Jaipur, 2012.
  17. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and K H Anantha) ‘Charges for Rural Drinking Water: Grama Panchayats in Karnataka’, in K V Raju (ed.) Elixir of Life: The Socio-Ecological Governance of Drinking Water, Books for Change, 2006.
  18. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Voices of the Women Garment Workers’, in B C Prabhakar (ed.) Gender Sensitivity at Workplace, Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA), Bangalore and International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva, 2006.
  1. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Farm Labourers were the worst hit in April’, The Hindu, May 17, 2020.
  2. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘77% of migrants plan to return to work in cities’, The Hindu, May 18, 2020.
  3. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Cash transfer inadequate, food support confined mainly to rice’, The Hindu, May 19, 2020.
  4. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Panchayats need to mop up more taxes’, Deccan Herald, August 29, 2018.
  5. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Sustaining incomes’, Deccan Herald, August 1, 2018.
  6. (D Rajasekhar, Santosh Kesavan and R Manjula) ‘Taking pensions to the poor’, The Hindu Business Line, July 15, 2016.
  7. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) ‘Reasons for garment workers’ stir against PF rule changes’, Deccan Herald, May 11, 2016.
  8. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) ‘Definite Progress in representation of SCs/STs in Gram Panchayats’, The Hindu, May 12, 2010.
  9. (D Rajasekhar, R Manjula and M Devendra Babu) ‘Contesting Elections without Full Knowledge’, Deccan Herald, May 8, 2010.
  1. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Swachh Bharat Mission: Awareness Strategies, Implementation and Issues, ISEC Working Paper No. 555, 2023.
  2. (Erlend Berg, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Delivering Self-Targeted Welfare Using Mobile Phones, CSAE Working Paper WPS/2017-14, University of Oxford, 2017.
  3. (D Rajasekhar, M Devendra Babu and R Manjula) Are Elections to Grama Panchayats Party-less? The Evidence from Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper 402, 2017.
  4. (D Rajasekhar, Salim Lakha and R Manjula) Is Decentralisation Promoting or Hindering the Effective Implementation of MGNREGS? The Evidence from Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper 395, 2017.
  5. (D Rajasekhar, K S Manjunath and R Manjula) Simplifying Delivery of Social Security Benefits in Karnataka, Indo-German Social Security Papers, Paper III, 2016.
  6. (D Rajasekhar, Santosh Kesavan and R Manjula) Contributory Pension Schemes for the Poor: Issues and Ways Forward, ISEC Working Paper 377, 2016.
  7. (R Manjula and D Rajasekhar) Participation of Scheduled Caste Households in MGNREGS: Evidence from Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper No.339, ISEC, Bangalore, May 2015.
  8. (Erlend Berg, Sambit Bhattacharyya, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Can Public Employment Scheme Increase Equilibrium Wages? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India, CMPO Working Paper No.14/317, University of Bristol, UK, 2014.
  9. (Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula, D Rajasekhar and Sanchari Roy) Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance? CSAE Working Paper WPS/2013-06, University of Oxford, 2013.
  10. (D Rajasekhar, Salim Lakha and R Manjula) How Effective are Social Audits under MGNREGS? Lessons from Karnataka, ISEC Working Paper 294, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2013.
  11. (Erlend Berg, Sambit Bhattacharyya, D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Can Rural Public Works Affect Agricultural Wages? Evidence from India, CSAE Working Paper WPS/2012-05, University of Oxford, May 2012.
  12. (D Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula and Sanchari Roy) Implementing Health Insurance for the Poor: The Rollout of RSBY in Karnataka, EOPP Working Paper No.25, London School of Economics, UK, 2011.
  1. (D Rajasekhar, S Manasi, Channamma Kambara and R Manjula) Valuing Toilets: Towards Improved Access and Use of Toilets in Karnataka. ISEC Policy Brief No. 49. Bengaluru: Institute for Social and Economic Change, January 2022.
  2. (D Rajasekhar, Salim Lakha and R Manjula) Social Audits under MGNREGS: Lessons from Karnataka, ISEC Policy Brief, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2013.
  3. (D Rajasekhar and R Manjula) Providing Community Streetlights in Karnataka, ISEC Policy Brief, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2013.
  4. (Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, Rajasekhar Durgam, Manjula Ramachandra and Sanchari Roy) How to improve knowledge and take-up of public services by the poor: The case of the RSBY National Health Insurance in India, iiG Policy Brief No.20, University of Oxford, July 2012.
  5. (Erlend Berg, Rajasekhar Durgam, Manjula Ramachandra and Sanchari Roy) Hospitalisation Means India’s Poor go Hungry, iiG Policy Brief No.13, University of Oxford, July 2010.
  6. (Erlend Berg, Rajasekhar Durgam and Manjula Ramachandra) India’s poor rely mainly on private health care, iiG Policy Brief No.8, University of Oxford, March 2010.
  • Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth sponsored by Oxford University and London School of Economics, UK.
    • Delivering Self-Targeted Welfare Using Mobile Phones’ [along with D Rajasekhar (ISEC), Erlend Berg (University of Bristol)].
    • Disentangling Channels of Information Dissemination in Healthcare Delivery in Rural India [along with D Rajasekhar (ISEC), Erlend Berg (University of Bristol) and Sanchari Roy (University of Exeter)].
    • ‘Health Insurance and Role of Information: A Randomized Experiment in India’ [along with D Rajasekhar (ISEC), Maitreesh Ghatak (London School of Economics), Erlend Berg (University of Oxford) and Sanchari Roy (University of Sussex)].
    • ‘Corruption and Service Delivery: A Study of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Karnataka’ [along with D Rajasekhar and Erlend Berg].
  • ‘Women Leadership, Governance and Allocation of Public Goods in Karnataka’ sponsored by Tsuda University, Japan [along with D Rajasekhar (ISEC), Yuko Mori (Tsuda University), Takashi Kurosaki (Hitotsubashi University), Jun Goto (GRIPS)]
  • Local government, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Cash Transfers in Karnataka sponsored by UNICEF [along with D Rajasekhar and D Narayana]
  • Participation in Grama/Ward Sabha meetings and public goods allocation Hitotsubashi University, Japan [along with D Rajasekhar, Yuko Mori, Takashi Kurosaki, Jun Goto]
  • Factors influencing Allocation of Funds to Public Goods Provision in the Jurisdiction of Grama Panchayats sponsored by Tsuda University, Japan [along with D Rajasekhar, Yuko Mori, Takashi Kurosaki, Jun Goto]
  • Assessing the revenue mobilisation in a city municipal council: The case of Raja Rajeshwari Nagar Zone taken as part of larger study sponsored by KEA, Government of Karnataka.
  • ‘Increasing Enrolment and Savings in a long-term Pension Savings Product’, sponsored by USAID [along with D Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg and Santosh Kesavan (Crosslinks Foundation)].
  • ‘Financial Inclusion and Old age Income Security through Contributory Pension Schemes for Unorganised Workers’ sponsored by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) [along with D Rajasekhar, Santosh Kesavan and Erlend Berg].
  • ‘Shock Responsive Social Protection in Karnataka’ [along with D Rajasekhar]
  • State Policy and Access to Social Security among SC/ST households: A Study of SC sub-plan and Tribal sub-plan in Karnataka [along with D Rajasekhar]
  • ‘Lockdown Distress and Government Response: A Study in Rural Karnataka’ [with D Rajasekhar].
    ‘Swachh Bharat Mission in Karnataka: Status, Issues and Prospects’ sponsored by Rural Drinking Water & Sanitation Department, Government of Karnataka [with D Rajasekhar].
  • ‘Decentralisation and Social Security: A Study of Single Window Service Centres for Unorganised Workers’ sponsored by GiZ [along with D Rajasekhar and Erlend Berg].
  • Performance and Constraints in the delivery of core functions: A Study of Taluk, Zilla and Grama Panchayats in Karnataka’ sponsored by Fourth State Finance Commission, Government of Karnataka [along with M Devendra Babu (ISEC), D Rajasekhar & N Sivanna (ISEC)]
  • ‘Decentralisation and Education in Karnataka’ sponsored by University of Bristol [along with D Rajasekhar and Erlend Berg].
  • Institutions, Governance and Development: A Study of Selected Grama Panchayats in Karnataka (with D Rajasekhar and M Devendra Babu).
  • ‘Improving the Delivery of Social Security Benefits in Karnataka: A Review of Application and Submission Procedures of Government Social Security Schemes’, sponsored by GiZ (with D Rajasekhar and K S Manjunath)
  • ‘Improving Access to Social Security among Unorganised Workers’, sponsored by GiZ (with D Rajasekhar and Erlend Berg)
  • ‘A Comparative Study of the Health Insurance Schemes in Karnataka’, sponsored by Planning Department, GoK (with D Rajasekhar)
  • ‘Elite Capture in Grama Panchayats of Karnataka’, sponsored by NCAER (with D Rajasekhar and M Devendra Babu)
  • ‘Magnitude and Dimensions of Child Labour: A Study of Raichur Taluk in Karnataka’, sponsored by UNICEF (with D Rajasekhar)
  • ‘Delivery of Social Security and Pension Benefits in Karnataka’, sponsored by Revenue Department, GoK(with D Rajasekhar, G Sreedhar, R R Biradar and N L Narasimha Reddy)
  • ‘Assessing Micro-Finance Needs of Vulnerable Groups (dalits, adivasis, Muslims, sex workers and aravanis) from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, sponsored by NESA (with D Rajasekhar and Suchitra J Y)
  • ‘Child Labour in Bidar and Chamarajanagar Districts: A Status Report and Ways Forward’, sponsored by ILO (with D Rajasekhar, Suchitra J Y and Sanjiv Kumar)
  • ‘Affordability of Water Supply Services by Grama Panchayats in Karnataka’ (with D Rajasekhar)
  • ‘Revenues of Grama Panchayats in Karnataka’ (with D Rajasekhar)
  • Co-authored paper on ‘Collusion, Co-option and Capture: Social Accountability and Social Audits in Karnataka, India’ (published together with Salim Lakha and D Rajasekhar in Oxford Development Studies) has been awarded Sanjaya Lall prize for best paper in 2015 and its contribution to development studies.
  • Recipient of ‘Young Researchers Award’ from National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi, for the research paper on climate-smart agriculture presented in a conference at Seoul, South Korea, 2017.
  • Outstanding reviewer award 2021 from an International and peer reviewed journal on ‘Regional Economic Development Research’
  • Received a number of certificates and prizes in cultural activities and sports at school and college level competitions.
  • Academic Visitor to the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, during May-July 2011.
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan, November 2019.
  • Visited the following Universities and Institutes in connection with academic discussions and collaborations.
    • University of Bristol, UK
    • London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
    • University of Sussex, UK
    • Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea
    • Tsuda University, Japan
    • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan
    • Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Participated in a Policy brief writing workshop held at University of Oxford on March 20, 2010.
  • Participated in the ‘Curriculum Development’ and ‘Training of Trainers’ workshop for Indo-German Program on ‘Social Security Benefits for Unorganized Workers in Karnataka during April 14-21, 2010 at Bangalore.
  • Participated in the training programme on ‘Decentralized Management of Regional Development’ held during August 9-20, 2010 at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • Participated in the ICSSR sponsored “Capacity Building Programme” through online mode organised by the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad during April 25 – May 7, 2022.

Reviewed articles for the following national and international journals:

  • Journal of Rural Development
  • Journal of Agrarian Change (Wiley)
  • Regional Economic Development Research
  • Academia Letters
  • Discover Education (Springer)
  • Review of Development and Change (Sage)
  • Journal of Social and Economic Development (Springer)
  • International Journal of Rural Management (Sage)
  • Millennial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies (Sage)
  • Asian Ethnicity (Routledge).
  1. “Is public works programme participatory and demand based? Evidence from Karnataka” presented in the National Seminar on ‘Good Governance Practices in MGNREGS’ held during December 13-14, 2023 organised by National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India), Hyderabad.
  2. (Co-author) “Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Local Government” presented at the Conference on Chanakya’s Philosophy and Its Relevance to 21st Century: Theories and Practices organised by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Chanakya University, Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics University, Central Sanskrit University, India Knowledge Systems Division Ministry of Education GoI and National Law School of India University, held at ISEC during on September 5-7, 2023.
  3. ‘Gender Quota, Participation and Performance in Service Delivery’ presented at the Seminar on ‘Panchayati Raj in India: Are the Governments really concerned?’ on 19th August 2023 at Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru organised by AGRASRI.
  4. ‘Deliberative Democracy: Potential for Community Engagement with Bureaucracy and Civil Society Organisations’ presented at the National Workshop on‘ Making of an S&T-Enabled Rural India: State-Civil Society Shared Engagements, 1980-2010’ organised by Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, and Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Delhi NCR sponsored by Ford Foundation, New Delhi at ISEC on May 27, 2023.
  5. (Co-author) Rural Infrastructure in Karnataka: Status, Challenges and Policy Priorities. Presented at the National Virtual Conference on ‘Revving up the rural non-farm economy: potential and strategies’ on 15 th October 2022 organised by Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad.
  6. (Co-author) Paper presented on ‘Do women council members allocate more public goods? Evidence from rural India’ at National Seminar on ‘Women Leadership in Decentralised Governance’ held at ISEC during November 3-4, 2022.
  7. (Co-author) ‘It is Possible to Have Shock Responsive Social Protection in India?’ Paper presented in Golden Jubilee International Conference on ‘Covid-19 and Cities: Is it merely short-term or has it changed our cities forever?’ at ISEC during November 17-18, 2022. 
  8. (Co-author) “Who Becomes a Politician in a Gender Quota System? Evidence from India”. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development during December 19-21, 2022 at Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.
  9. (Co-author) ‘Governance and Regional Development: An Analysis of Access to Social Security Benefits’ presented at the ISEC Golden Jubilee Thematic Seminar on ‘Governance and Development in Karnataka’ on 26 th April 2022 at ISEC.
  10. (Co-Author) Online education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from nation-wide survey presented at the ISEC Golden Jubilee National Conference on ‘Transformations due to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Exploring the possibilities of better tomorrow’ on 26 th July 2022.
  11. ‘Sustainable use of individual household toilets in rural Karnataka’ presented in a webinar on Towards Improved Access and Use of Toilets in Karnataka: Status and the Way Forward was organised on November 18 th 2021.
  12. Decentralised Governance and Service Delivery in South India presented at the HIAS Seminar/ CEI Seminar/ Economic Development Workshop, organised by Hitotsubashi University, November 22, 2019, at Tokyo, Japan.
  13. Dairy Cooperatives and Empowerment of Women: A Study in Karnataka presented at the Conference on Co-operation among Co-operatives and Mutuals in the Asia-Pacific Region – Working together to Achieve a Flourishing and Sustainable Future, organised by International Co-operative Alliance and University of Newcastle, December 13-14, 2019, at University of Newcastle, Australia.
  14. (Co-author) Inclusive Development through GPDP: A Case Study from Telangana State . Paper presented at the National Seminar on ‘Decentralised Governance and Planning and its impact on Economic Development and Social Justice’ at CMDR, Dharwad, March 28-29, 2019. 
  15. (Co-author) Interface between Citizens and Local Governments for Inclusive Development: Evidence from Karnataka . Paper presented at the National Seminar on ‘Inclusive Development in India: Issues and Challenges’ on March 22-23, 2019 at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ananthapur, AP.
  16. Citizen Participation in Grama Sabha and Service Delivery , paper presented in an International Seminar on ‘Assessing Citizen Participation and Voices in the Era of democratic Decentralisation in Indian States: Interdisciplinary Approaches’ organised on March 15, 2019 in collaboration of Hiroshima University, Japan.
  17. (Co-author) ‘Is disparity in the access to social security narrowing among social groups? A Study of Unorganized Workers in Karnataka’ paper presented in an International Seminar on ‘Primordial Institutions and Public Policy: Re-examining Caste in 21st Century India’ during 10–11 December 2018 organised by Institute of Public Policy, NLSIU, Bengaluru.
  18. (Co-author) ‘Finances of Local Governments in India and China’ paper presented in an Indo-China conference on ‘Economic Growth in India and China: Social and Economic Impacts’ at ISEC on 27 th September 2018.
  19. Implementing Workfare through Decentralised Government for Poverty Reduction’ , paper presented at the seminar on ‘Twenty Five Years of Decentralised Governance in India: Status, Issues and the Way Forward’ during 28-30 August 2018 at ISEC, Bengaluru.
  20. (Co-author) ‘Simplifying Social Security Schemes for Differently abled Persons’ , paper presented at the seminar on ‘Persons with disabilities and their socio-economic status in India’ on 28 th June 2018 at ISEC, Bengaluru.
  21. ‘Decentralisation, Gender and Local Politics’ , paper presented at International seminar on ‘Peace and Stability through Decentralization’ during 13-14 November 2017 at Hiroshima University, Japan.  
  22. ‘Role of Cooperatives in Climate Smart Agriculture’ , paper presented at the12 th ICA-AP Cooperative Research Conference 2017 on ‘Cooperatives: The Key Solution for Social Innovation’ during November 11-12, 2017 at Sungkonghoe University, Seoul.
  23. (Co-author) ‘Interaction between Citizens and Grama Panchayat Functionaries: A Study in Karnataka’ in a national seminar on  ‘25 Years of Panchayati Raj Institutions Reforms in India: Experiments, Experiences and Challenges’, organised by Academy of Grassroots Studies in India (AGRASRI), Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development and ISEC held on 19-20 August, 2017 at Tirupati.
  24. (Co-author) ‘Decentralised Delivery of Educational Services: The Case of SDMCs’ at an orientation workshop on ‘Framework for strengthening of school management committees under RTE’ organised by National University of Education, Planning and Administration (NUEPA) on March 22, 2017 at ISEC, Bangalore.
  25. (Co-author) ‘Quality of Governance in Grama Panchayats: Evidence from Karnataka’, paper presented at the National seminar on ‘Participatory Decentralized Planning at the Grassroots: Problems, Challenges and Opportunities’ during February 9-10, 2017 at NIRD, Hyderabad.
  26. ‘Decentralisation and Participation of Marginalised Groups in MGNREGS: Evidence from Karnataka’ , paper presented at KILA’s International Conference on ‘Marginalisation, Poverty and Decentralisation’ during November 19-22, 2016 at Thrissur.
  27. (Co-author) Paper on ‘Grama Panchayats in Karnataka: The Politics of Elections and Development’ at International Seminar on `State Politics, Governance and Development’, organised by Hiroshima University, Japan and ISEC,27-28 December 2016 at ISEC, Bengaluru.
  28. (Co-author) Impact of Workers Facilitation Centres on access to Social protection among Unorganised Workers in India: Challenges and Responses , presented in the workshop on ‘Measuring the Social, Economic and Political effects of Social Protection: How to overcome the Challenges?’ held at Bonn, Germany, April 15-17, 2015.
  29. (Co-author) Talking to Ghosts Quantifying Forged Employment Records in NREG, presented at the CSAE Conference 2013 at University of Oxford, UK, on March 19, 2013.
  30. (Co-author) NREGS, Gram Panchayats and Inclusive Climate-Smart Agriculture: Evidence from South India , presented at CAPRi/CCAFS Workshop on ‘Institutions for Inclusive Climate-Smart Agriculture’ at Nairobi, Kenya during September 10-13, 2012.
  31. (Co-author) Motivating Agents to Spread Awareness . In the IGC-ISI India Development Policy Conference, at Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, during 19-20 December, 2011.
  32. (Co-author) , Role of Information: Results from a Randomised Experiment in India, presented at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK on June 1, 2011.
  33. (Co-author) Dominance and Capture in the Implementation of MGNREGS: A Case Study in Karnataka in the Round Table on ‘Barriers to Participation and Inclusion in Panchayat Raj Institutions: The Case of Elite/ Program Capture’ at ISEC on June 28, 2010.
  34. (Co-author) Mechanics of Elections: Experiences of Recent GP Elections in Karnataka in the Round Table on ‘Barriers to Participation and Inclusion in Panchayat Raj Institutions: The Case of Elite/ Program Capture’ at ISEC on June 28, 2010.
  35. (Co-author) How Households Respond to Health Shocks: Evidence from Karnataka, India , presented at the iiG Workshop on ‘Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth in Africa and South Asia’ organised by University of Oxford, March 21, 2010 at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. 
  36. (Co-author) Revising Poverty Line in India by including Health Expenditure by the Poor , presented at the iiG Workshop on ‘Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth in Asia and Africa’ organised by University of Oxford, October 1, 2009 at Uganda. 
  37. (Co-author) Water Supply Services by Grama Panchayats in Karnataka , presented at the National Seminar on ‘Panchayat Finances and Fiscal Decentralisation to Panchayats’ held at NIRD, Hyderabad, during November 29-30, 2007.
  38. (Co-author) Own Revenue Collection by Grama Panchayats in Karnataka, presented at the National Seminar on ‘Panchayat Finances and Fiscal Decentralisation to Panchayats’ held at NIRD, Hyderabad, during November 29-30, 2007.
  39. (Co-author) Affordability of Water Supply Services by Decentralised Government in India . Paper presented at International Workshop on ‘Water Supply, Sanitation and Waste Water Management in South Asia’ held during September 24-26, 2007 at Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  40. (Co-author) Community Lighting at What Cost? Streetlight Services by Gram Panchayats in Karnataka , presented at 42 nd Annual Conference of The Indian Econometric Society (TIES) held on January 5-7, 2006 at Amritsar. Also presented at a National Workshop on ‘Rural Infrastructure’ held on January 10, 2006.
  41. (Co-author) Do Women Groups Promote More Equity As Compared to Men Groups? Evidence from Karnataka , presented at an International Workshop on ‘Gender and Collective Action’ organised by CAPRi/ IFPRI held on October 17-21, 2005 at Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  42. (Co-author) Food Security through Wage Employment: A Study of SGRY Programme in Karnataka, presented at the National Consultation on ‘Food Security for Poor’ held at National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, during June 27-29, 2005.
  43. (Co-author) User Charges for Rural Drinking Water: A Study of Grama Panchayats in Karnataka , presented at 4 th IWMI-Tata Annual Partners’ on the ‘Issues in Improving Water Supply: Rural, Peri-urban and Urban’ held during February 24-26, 2005 at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat.
  • Member, Working Group constituted by Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics department, Government of Karnataka, to work out the details on convergence of three health insurance schemes in Karnataka, 2012-13.
  • Chapter contributor, based on the invitation from the Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics department, Government of Karnataka, to write the Chapter on ‘Rural Development and Decentralised Planning’, for the report on Economic Survey of Karnataka 2021-22.

Dr. R Manjula
Assistant Professor
Centre for Decentralisation and Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Road, Nagarbhavi PO,
Bangalore 560 072, India
Phone: 080-23215468
E-Mail: manjula@isec.ac.in

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