Centre for Studies in Science Policy [CSSP]
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University

The photograph is that of a living-root-bridge in Meghalaya. The bridge is literally grown by guiding the secondary roots of the rubber tree (ficus elastic) to stretch across the innumerable streams that crisscross Meghalaya. One of the finest examples of sustainable innovation in the commons,  based on traditional skills and knowledge.





Faculty and Visiting Affiliates

Professor Pranav N. Desai
Tel. Office: +91 11 2670 4455; Res: +91 11 26742681
Email: pndesai(at)mail.jnu.ac.in; dpranav(at)hotmail.com

Professor Pranav N. Desai is currently Professor at Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is specializes in science, technology and international affairs and is currently engaged in teaching analysis in science and technology policy and technology futures analysis. Professor Desai holds an M.Phil and PhD in Science Policy Studies and   conducts research in diverse areas of science policy including emerging technologies, intellectual property rights, energy and environment related issues. He has contributed to various national and international journals and his books includes Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Har-Anand Publications, 1997, Science, Technology, Costal Zone Management and Policy, Allied Publishers, 2003 and reports such as   Cosatal Marine Environment of Gujarat (IV Volumes), Gujarat Ecological Society, 1997-1998, He is Regional Editor, South Asia, World Journal of Science, Technology & Sustainable Development (WJSTSD), WASD Publishers, Associate Editor, International Journal of Institutions and Economics and  Member, Scientific Committee, Journal of Innovation and Development,  Routledge (Taylor & Francis group). He has been reappointed as the Chairman, Advisory Committee for RVPSP, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow (2010), Centre for Biomedicine & Society, King’s College, London, UK.



Professor V.V. Krishna
Tel: Office: +91 11 26704123; Residence: +91 120 4257361
Email : vkrishna16(at)hotmail.com; krishna@mail.jnu.ac.in

Dr. V.V. Krishna has a Ph.D. in Sociology of Science from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.  He has 27 years of research experience in the areas of sociology of science, science and technology policy and national innovation systems in Asia and Pacific and social history of science. He has published 40 research papers and five books which include, Science, technology policy and diffusion of knowledge: Understanding the dynamics of innovation systems in the Asia-Pacific, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007); Scientific communities in the Developing Countries, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1997; Science and Technology in a Developing World: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997; and S.S. Bhatnagar on Science Technology Development, 1938-54, New Delhi: Wiley Eastern Ltd., 1994.  He is the founder-editor and currently Editor-in-Chief of international journal Science, Technology and Society, published through Sage Publications. Prof. Krishna was a consultant to UNESCO, Paris, for its programmes on electronic publishing in the developing countries and the publication of the World Science Report 1998 & 2000-2001; Unesco Science Report 2005 & World Social Science Report 2010. He was a Council Member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), USA and Member, International Council for Science Policy Studies, ICSU, UNESCO, Paris. Academic positions outside India include visiting Professor at the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) & MSH, Paris during 2000 and 2004; Visiting Senior Research Fellow (2008-10), Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Visiting Fellow (2009-2012) University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Visiting Professor (2009-2012) Institute of Advanced Study, United Nations University, Yokahama, Japan.




Dr Madhav Govind

Tel: 91-11-26704105(O); 91-11-26704794 ext.23(R)
Email: m_govind(at)mail.jnu.ac.in

Dr. Madhav Govind is an Associate Professor at Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is a science graduate from Canning College, Lucknow and has passed M.A. in Sociology with first position in order of merit from the University of Lucknow. He holds M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from the Centre for the Study of Social System, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to his joining the present position he was a lecturer at Government P.G. College Kota, Rajasthan. He has participated and presented papers in various national and international seminars and conferences. He has published articles and books in the area of science, technology and society relationship. His recent publication is a book entitles: Sociology of Science. Anmol Publication, New Delhi, 2006. His broad areas of interest are: Sociology of Science and Technology; Modern Science and Traditional Knowledge; Research Methodology in Social Sciences.

Madhav Govind



Dr Saradindu Bhaduri

Tel: 91-11- 26704472
Email: saradindu(at)mail.jnu.ac.in

Dr Saradindu Bhaduri is the Chairperson (2017-19) and an Associate Professor at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the Centre for International Trade and Development (formerly, Centre for Studies in Diplomacy, International Law and Economics), JNU. He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Economics at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena. He has taught at Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, and held research positions in JNU and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi during his pre and post-doctoral years. His research interests lie in the areas of technological change, technological capability, entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights and institutional change in the context of economic development.

Some of the specific areas of research currently pursued by his research team include

  • Technological capability and entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Institutional transfer and homogenization of policy framework: patents and intellectual property rights
  • Intrinsic motivation, grassroots innovation and innovation policies
  • Informal institutions, technological change and institutional transformation
  • Socio-economic transformation and development. 



Dr Rajbeer Singh
Email: rajbeer@mail.jnu.ac.in, rajbasera@gmail.com

Dr Rajbeer Singh is Assistant Professor at the Centre. He holds a PhD in Science Policy from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), SSS, JNU.

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   Prof. Mammo Muchie (Professor, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa), Visiting Professor, February-March 2016.



  Prof. Jayanta Bandyopadhyay (Former Professor, Centre for Development and Environment Policy, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta), Visiting Professor, 2015-2016.

  Prof. Poonam Bala (Former Fellow, Cleveland State University, USA), Visiting Professor, 2014-2015.

  Dr Dinesh Kumar Abrol (Professor, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, ICSSR, New Delhi; Former Principle Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi), Visiting Professor, 2013-2016.

  Dr. Nayantara Sheoran Post Doctoral Fellow, 2015.

  Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi (Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi) Visiting Professor, 2011-2013.

   Luisa Cortesi (PhD Candidate, Joint program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA), March 2012- August 2013.

   Federico Demaria (PhD Scholar in Ecological Economics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain): Visiting Research Affiliate, Jan 2012-Jan 2013.

   Prof. M.O. Illory Visiting Professor (on the C.V. Raman Fellowship for Senior African Researchers) African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University (ILEE-IIFE), Nigeria, March-April 2012.

   Dr. (Mrs.) Malti Goel (former Adviser, DST): CSIR Emeritus Scientist Scheme ,  2009-13.

   Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya (Senior Scientist, NISTADS, CSIR): Visiting Professor, 2007–2009; Adjunct Faculty, 2010-2011.

  Bridget Corbett Hanna (PhD Scholar in Social Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA): Visiting Research Affiliate, Jan 2011-Jan 2012.

  Sophie Llewelyn (Doctoral student, Department of Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada): Visiting Research Affiliate, August 2011-December 2012.

  Katharina Glaab (DAAD scholar, Research Fellow, University of Muenster, Germany): Visiting Research Affiliate, Dec. 2010- Feb 2011.

   Dr. Kiran Asher (Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University, USA): Visiting Fellow, 2009-2010.

   Dr. Rajesh Bhakar UGC Post Doctoral Fellow, 2009-2012.

   Dr Anurita Saxena ICSSR Post Doctoral Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, 2011-2013.

   B. Mahesh Sarma (Editor, Careers 360): Research Associate, 2007-2008.

  Kim Rachael Beazley (PhD Scholar, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, U.K.), Visiting Research Affiliate, 2007-2008

  Prof. K.J. Joseph (Ministry of Commerce Chair Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala), Visiting Professor, 2001-2003.

  Prof. Nasir Tyabji (Visiting Professor, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi), Senior Fellow, 2001-2005.

  Dr John Pulparampil (Former Professor, Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Ernakulam, Kerala), Associate Fellow, 1976-1979.


CSSP has a well stocked documentation unit, assisting the faculty and students of the centre in particular and university in general in research work. It provides information, reference and documentation services to researchers and faculty members. It systematically collects research reports from the S&T ministries and R&D centres. It has a collection of approx 1000 monographs and 1000 reports pertaining to the Science Policy Studies, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Innovation Studies. It maintains a blog titled CSSP Research Updates (http://cssp-jnu.blogspot.com) for outreach activities.

Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Tel.: +91-11-26704400
Email: anup_csp(at)mail.jnu.ac.in; cssp_chairperson(at)hotmail.com

Dr. Anup Kumar Das is a Documentation Officer at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy. He holds PhD degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He completed Associateship in Information Science (a PG degree) from Indian National Documentation Centre (INSDOC), CSIR; and MBA in Human Resources Management from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He is an avid professional with expertise in the fields of knowledge management, digital information management, research communication, programme management and ICT for development sphere. He was Consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He also worked in INSDOC, Vigyan Prasar and Surendranath College for Women in different capacities. His research interests include Digital Libraries, Open Educational Resources, e-Learning, ICT for Development, Scientometrics and Knowledge Management. He has published a number of papers in different peer-reviewed journals and presented papers in different international/ national conferences. His recent work includes ‘Open Access to Knowledge and Information: Scholarly Literature and Digital Library Initiatives – the South Asian Scenario’, UNESCO, New Delhi, 2008




Mr. Anil Kumar - Junior Assistant

Mr. Gopal – Office Attendant
Tel.: +91-11-26704461

Ms Seema Gupta - Computer Operator