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.
 

 

 

         

 

Academic Events Organized by CSSP

CSSP is actively involved in academic discourses round the year through various events. These academic events attract internationally renowned researchers and academicians. Some of the most prominent events organized 2007 onwards are briefly shown in the following Table:

Name of the Event Dates Collaborating/ Funding Agencies Coordinator
Round Table Discussion on "Unfolding Development Potential of North-East Region: Sustainability and Policy Perspectives" 2nd March 2015 Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER), Govt of India; BIGNNING, New Delhi Rajbeer Singh
Inception Workshop on Risks and Responses to Urban Futures 26-27 March 2014 University of Sussex, UK & Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), UK Pranav N. Desai
Workshop on Biomedical Innovation and the Public 13-14 March 2014 King's College London, UK Pranav N. Desai
International Symposium on Exploring Pathways to Sustainability 10-11 February 2014 STEPS Centre, United Kingdom Pranav N. Desai
International Workshop Grassroots Innovation Movement 8 February 2014 STEPS Centre, United Kingdom Dinesh Abrol
Research Committee-13: Science, Technology and Society; 39th All India Sociological Conference 27-29 December 2013 Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi; Venue: Karnataka Open  University, Mysore, India
Accepted Papers for RC-13
Madhav Govind
9th National Conference on Hypnosis; Theme: Mind is the Master: Master the Mind 25-27 October
2013
The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Gujarat Forensic Sciences University; Indian Association of Positive Psychologists Pranav N. Desai
2013 Asian Conference on Innovation and Policy: Innovation for Development 28- 31 July 2013 Asian Society for Innovation and Policy; Department of Science and Technology, GoI; CSIR-NISTADS; KISTI; National Research Foundation of Korea V.V. Krishna
Symposium on Pathways to Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Delhi 16 March 2013 STEPS Centre (University of Sussex); Lokadhikar Dr. Pritpal S. Randhawa
XXXVIII ALL INDIA SOCIOLOGICAL CONFERENCE 27-29 December 2012 Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi. Collaboration with Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Rajasthan). Madhav
Govind
Seminar on “Rethinking Policy Innovations & Research Questions for Revitalizing Rainfed India” 5th May 2012 Ford Foundation Dr. Kaustav Banerjee
(Project Coordinator CSSP-ERU)
Research Committee-13 Science, Technology and Society (  List of approved abstracts for presentation) 11-13 December 2011 XXVII All India Sociological Conference, CSSS, JNU, and Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi Madhav Govind
Indo-Germen Dialogue for Sustainability (D4S):  Workshop on Globalizing Western Lifestyles, Energy Consumption and Policy Interventions 10-11 February 2011 Research Centre for Sustainability Studies (artec), University of Bremen, Germany; Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India Pranav N. Desai
International Workshop on Understanding Environmental Change: The South Asian Challenge 13 March 2010 Uppsala-Delhi Ecology and Society Network; Swedish Research Council; Uppsala University, Sweden, etc. Rohan D’Souza
International Workshop on Livelihoods and the Environment: Debating Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15-16 October 2009 University of Delhi; Uppsala University, Sweden Rohan D’Souza
Global Citizen Consultation on Climate Change 26 September 2009 Department of Science & Technology (DST); Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India; Danish Board of Technology; WWViews Alliance Pranav N. Desai
Training Workshop on Technology Foresight Methodologies in Agricultural Innovation System from. 31 March to 10 April 2008 Indian Agricultural Statistical Research Institute (IASRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Pranav N. Desai
China-India Consultation Workshop on Experiences in Innovation for Development 22-24 November 2007 International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada; China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST); China National Science Foundation; Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi; Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum V.V. Krishna
International Workshop on Nature in the Raj: Colonial Environments & Indigenous Knowledge 18-19 August 2006 Sussex University, UK; Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), New Delhi Rohan D’Souza

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CSSP Research Project 1

Project Title:
Socialisation and Goal-Orientation in Indian Academia: A study of Research Students (Science) in Select Universities

Project Type:
UGC Major Research Project

Objectives:
The broad objective of this project is to study the socialization pattern of doctorate and post doctorate students in the context of the changing academic culture in the field of Science and technology in India. In this project we are specially seeking to explore the social process of research from the problems formulation stage to submission of research papers for publication in disciplinary and organizational contexts.

Sponsoring Agency:
University Grants Commission, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India

Duration of the Project:
2008-2011

Project Director: Dr. Madhav Govind
Research Associate: Mr. Amit Kumar

For any information and feedback, please contact Project Director.

CSSP Research Project 2

Project Title:
Socio-economic Study of  Rainfed Agriculture & Low Input Animal Husbandry in India


The Project titled Socio-economic Study of Rainfed Agriculture and Low Input Animal Husbandry in India was awarded to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy (JNU) in 2010. To pursue the objectives of this grant, a unit termed CSSP-Economic Research Unit (CSSP-ERU) was formed.  The CSSP-ERU will evolve policy instruments for directing public investments towards rainfed agriculture and low-input animal husbandry.

CSSP-ERU will provide research support for advocacy initiatives by the Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) and Rainfed Livestock Networks (RLN). In effect, the CSSP-ERU will attempt to frontally address the  skewed nature of existing  public investment patterns in which   rainfed areas (as opposed to perennial irrigated  zones) and low input husbandry (as opposed to high-input) receive inadequate policy attention and in part causing the continued aggravation of   regional economic imbalances. It is the belief of the CSSP-ERU that critical policy corrections by decisively restructuring public investment regimes in India can yield positive economic outcomes in both agriculture and animal husbandry.

The CSSP-ERU will be guided and supervised by a Board of Advisors. The Board of Advisors will consist of Prof. Kanchan Chopra (ex-Director Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi), Prof. Amit Bhaduri (Emeritus Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), the Chairperson of CSSP, Prof. V.V. Krishna,  Prof. Pranav Desai,  Dr. Rohan D’Souza, Dr. Madhav Govind, Dr. Sardindu Bhaduri & Mr. Vijayshankar (Director, Samaj Pragati Sahyog, Madhya Pradesh).

Sponsoring Agency:
Ford Foundation

Duration of the Project:
1st November 2010 to 31st August 2012

Project Director: Dr. Rohan D’Souza
Project Co-ordinator: Dr. Kaustav Banerjee
For any information and feedback, please contact Project Director: economicsresearchunit@gmail.com

CSSP Research Project 3

Project Title:
Mapping Foresight Activities in the Indian Biotechnology Sector 

Sponsoring Agency:
NSTMIS, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

Duration of the Project:
March 2012 to March 2013

Project Director: Professor Pranav N. Desai
Project Co-ordinator: Dr. Madhav Govind 

CSSP Research Project 4

Project Title:
Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT): Mapping Environmental Justice 

Sponsoring Agency:
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission

Duration of the Project:
2011 to 2015

Project Members: Professor V.V. Krishna and Dr. Rohan D’Souza

CSSP Research Project 5

Project Title:
Pathways for Environmental Health in Transitional Spaces: Moving Between Formality and Informality

This project examines environmental health challenges associated with rapid industrialization in India. CSSP deals with the comparative policy aspects of this project and examines how health and environmental planning and management systems respond to environmental pollution in transitional spaces.

Through the case studies on waste to energy plants and food systems in the urban/peri-urban context in India the projects intends to examine how and why particular types of environmental health hazards and exposure pathways are included or excluded from formal policies and planning; and how formal priorities and assumptions (across environment, health, and agriculture) compare with the perspectives of communities in peri-urban areas and responses of informal sector providers. Empirical case studies focus on ideas of:

  1. Responses to risk and uncertainty and
  2. Examine what can be learnt from informal arrangements, and the complex interplay between formality and informality, for alternative research and development priorities and institutional and regulatory arrangements which address the impacts of environmental degradation with its associated environmental and health injustices.

Sponsoring Agency:
STEPS Centre based at the Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom

Duration of the Project:
2012 to 2014

Project Members: Professor Pranav N. Desai and Dr. Pritpal S. Randhawa and Pravin K Kushwaha

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CSSP Special Lecture Series

  • Open Access in the Past, Present and Future of Scholarly Publishing, by Professor Michael Eisen, Professor of Genetics and Genomics at University of California, Berkeley, USA & Co-Founder, Public Library of Science (PLoS) on 25th March 2015. Audio Recording.
  • Invisible Waves: Use of Wireless in War and Empire in Early 20th Century, by Dr. Medha Saxena, former scholar, Assistant Professor, Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi on 27th February 2015. Audio Recording.
  • Achieving Rural Sanitation for All: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, by Mr. A K Sen Gupta, Director General, International Academy of Environmental Sanitation and Public Health, New Delhi; Formerly with World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi on 29th October 2014. Audio Recording.
  • Science in Action: Of Patients, Physicians, and Publics of Stem Cell Technologies in India, by Dr. Nayantara Sheoran, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, on 29th October 2014. Audio Recording.
  • Globalization of Ayurvedic Medicines: An Analysis of Issues in Resource Management, by Dr. Baba Brindavanam, DGM of Bio-Resources Development, Dabur Research and Development Centre, Ghaziabad on 22th October 2014.
  • Big Science as a Form of Life: Transnational Entanglements of Cultures of Science, by Dr. Amit Prasad, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA on 24th September 2014. Audio Recordings.
  • ICT for Economic and Social Transformation: An Empirio-Theoretical review of India Initiatives, by Prof. Pradosh Nath, Chief Scientist (Retd.), NISTADS, New Delhi on 24th September 2014.
  • Current Perspectives of Water Policies in India, by Professor Subir Paul, Architect and Town Planner, New Delhi on 17th September 2014.
  • Good Life, Self Sufficiency and Moral Compass of Science, by Professor Prajit K. Basu, Central University of Hyderabad, on 2nd May 2014. Audio Recordings.
  • Gendered Equation in Science in India, by Dr. Neelam Kumar, Principal Scientist, National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS), New Delhi on 9th April 2014.
  • STACs: Towards Technology Development in Socio-Economic Sectors, by Dr. Malti Goel, Former Adviser & and CSIR Emeritus Scientist, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, on 2nd April 2014.
  • Technology Assessment: Experiments with Epistemology & Democracy, by Professor Wiebe Bijker, Professor of Technology and Society, Maastricht University, Netherlands, on 22nd March 2014. Audio Recordings.
  • Cross Boundary Transfer of Knowledge Technology and Innovation, by Professor Christos Kalantaridis, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Bradford University School of Management, University of Bradford, UK on 8th January 2014.
  • Comparing Epidemiologies of Life, Disease and Death: Imaginaries of Medical Knowledge and State Responsibilities in Contemporary 'Population Laboratories', by Dr. Erik Aarden, Marie Curie Fellow, Science, Technology, and Society at Harvard University, USA on 23rd December 2013
  • Social Metabolism and Environmental Conflict, by Professor Joan Martínez Alier, ICTA-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain on 13th December 2013.
  • Production of Biofuels: Scope and Challenges in India by Dr. Rashmi Kumar, Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University, Delhi on 27th November 2013.
  • From Risk Management to Innovation Democracy: precaution, participation and power in the governance of technology, by Professor Andy Stirling, SPRU – University of Sussex, UK, on 20th November 2013.
  • Stem Cells and Technoscience : Sociology of the Emergence and Regulation of A Field of Biomedical Research in France, by Dr. Michel Dubois, Director Research at CNRS, Groupe d'Etude des Methods de l' Analyse Sociologique de la Sorbonne, France, on 13th November 2013.
  • Computer Simulation: A New Kind of Science?, by Professor Matt Spencer, Oxford University, UK on 23rd October 2013.
  • Take Me to the River: A Screening and Discussion of an Environmental Documentary on the Yamuna River, by the documentary filmmaker Chitvan Gill, discussant: Sarandha Jain on 4th September 2013.
  • The Role of International Institutions in Diffusion of Low-Carbon Energy Technology, by Dr. Phillip M. Hannam, Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA on 21st August 2013.
  • Ayurveda and the New Global Health Paradigm by Dr. Poonam Bala, Visiting Professor, University of South Africa on 10th April 2013.
  • Feminist Technoscience and the Criticism of Scientific 'Objectivity': An Introduction to Background, Theories and Practices by Dr. May-Britt Öhman, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden on 28th February 2013.
  • Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals: What is the politics of knowledge embedded in them? by Dr. Madhulika Banerjee, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, on 27th February 2013.
  • Innovating a different future for textiles in India: Malkha as a post-industrial village based industry by Uzramma (a veteran textile practitioner) and Aseem Shrivastava (an ecological economist and co-author of book "Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India", Viking Penguin, 2012) on 20th January 2013.
  • Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India – Book Discussion with the Authors, by Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari (Founding Member, Kalpavriksh), Discussant: Dunu Roy, on 12th February 2013. Download Presentation.
  • Reflections on The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and its Relevance to Contemporary Science and Technology, by Govindan Parayil, Vice-Rector, United Nations University and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University, Tokyo, on 5th February 2013. Download Presentation.
  • S&T and Innovation Indicators: An assessment for Nanotechnology Development in India by Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, Senior Principal Scientist, NISTADS, New Delhi, on 20th November 2012.
  • Regional Poles in Their Neighbourhood: Exploring the Neighbourhood System of Innovation by Professor Mammo Muchie, Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa on 15th November 2012.
  • Engineering Black Gold: a Sensory Ethnography of Murrah Buffalo Husbandry in Central Haryana by Sophie Llewelyn, PhD Candidate, McGill University, Canada (Currently Research Affiliate, CSSP, JNU) on 10th October 2012.
  • Basics of Scientometrics and Application to Science Policy by Dr. Aparna Basu, Emeritus Scientist, NISTADS, New Delhi on 3rd October 2012.
  • Science Policy Imperatives for Genomics by Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi on 26th September 2012.
  • Competing Through Technological Capability: The Case of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry by Professor Amit Shovan Ray, CITD, SIS, JNU and Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri, CSSP, SSS, JNU, on 22nd August 2012
  • The Indian Battle to Save Access to Affordable Medicines by Leena Menghaney, Campaign Coordinator (India), Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Doctors Without Borders, on 25th April 2012.
  • Subjugated Knowledge and Resistance in Science: Debating Science Movement in India by Dr. Subhasis Sahoo, Assistant Professor in Sociology, Sri Venkateswar College, University of Delhi, on 20th April 2012.
  • Environment and Society: A Case of Ship Breaking in Alang, Gujrat by Fedrico Demaria, Ph.D. Student, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain & Visiting Scholar, CSSP, JNU, on 18th April 2012.
  • Use of Computers in a Bureaucratic Organization: Exploring Human-Machine Relationship by Dr. Duru Arun Kumar, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, NSIT, New Delhi, on 13th April 2012.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture: Understanding the Role of Society and Community by Santosh Kr. Singh, Assistant Professor in Sociology, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi, on 10th April 2012.
  • An Adventure into Science, Technology and Innovation Management by Prof. M.O. Ilory, African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, & C.V. Raman Fellowship for Senior African Researcher, CSSP, JNU, on 21st March 2012.
  • Changes in Medical Consumption in India Looked Through Select Explorations in Regulation by Dr. Parthasarathi Banerjee, Director, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, on 21st March 2012.
  • Climate Change, CO2 Sequestration, Carbon Trading: Social and Technological Relevance by Dr. Malti Goel, CSIR Emeritus Scientist, CSSP, JNU & Former Adviser, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, on 7th March 2012.
  • Techno-nationalism and Techno-globalism in the Rise of China and India by Dr. Andrew B. Kennedy, Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, on 10th February 2012.
  • The Persistence of the Elephants by Prof. Thomas R Trautmann, Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology, University of Michigan, on 1st February 2012.
  • A Climate for Change?  Critical Reflections on the Durban United Nations Climate Change Conference by Prof. Bobby Banerjee, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research, College of Business and Law, University of Western Sydney, Australia, on 18th January 2012.
  • Genesis of Indian Citation Index and Its impact on the Scholarship by Prakash Chand, Former Senior Scientist at NISCAIR, CSIR, New Delhi, Project Head, Indian Citation Index (ICI), on 30th November 2011.
  • The Environmental Impacts of Wars and Mass Violence by Prof. Richard P. Tucker, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on 3rd November 2011.
  • A Radically Historical and Spatial Political Economy: Transforming Marx by Way of Polanyi by Professor Mark Harvey, Director, Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, on 2nd November 2011.
  • Importance of Cognitive Analysis of Research Outputs for Effective S&T Policy Formulation: Examples from Antarctic Science Research by Dr. Prabir Ghosh Dastidar, Director/ Sr. Scientist, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI, New Delhi, on 21st October 2011.
  • Environmental Illness after Bhopal: A research project on exposure,  experience and medicine by Bridget Corbett Hanna, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA; and Visiting Research Affiliate at the CSSP, on 19th October 2011.
  • Multinational Enterprises and R&D in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Limitations by Prof. Rajneesh Narula, Professor of International Business Regulation, Director, John H. Dunning Centre for International Business, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK; Editor-in-Chief, European Journal of Development Research, on 1 April 2011.
  • Can IT and ITES be the Engine of Growth? by Dr. Seema Joshi, Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, on 22 March 2011.
  • Energy Innovations in Ladakh by Sally Daultrey, Visiting Research Associate: Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency & Associate, University of Cambridge Central Asia Forum, on 11 March 2011.
  • Science, Conservation and Ecology: Rethinking the Sundarban Tiger by Dr. Annu Jalais, International Institute of Asian Studies, Lieden, Netherlands, on 9 March 2011.
  • From Cusecs to Megawatts: Transformation of Revers and Traditional Water Sources of Himachal Pradesh (1901-2009) by Dr. Anurita Saxena, ICSSR Post-Doc Fellow at CSSP, on 23 February 2011.
  • Managing White Spaces in Building Innovation Clusters by Dr. A.S. Rao, Director-Innovation, CIIE (Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship), IIM, Ahmedabad; Visiting Faculty, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, on 17 February 2011.

  • Science and Society in the ‘New’ India: Some Critical Reflections by Professor Govindan Parayil, Vice Rector, United Nations University (UNU) & Director, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan on 2 February 2011.
  • Power and Legitimacy in Agricultural Biotechnology Politics in China and India by Katharina Glaab, DAAD scholar, Research Fellow, University of Muenster, Germany on 2 February 2011.
  • A New Triumvirate?  Japan, India, and China as Innovation Partners by Prof. Anthony P. D'Costa, Director Asia Research Centre, Indian Studies and Research, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark on 19 January 2011.
  • European Systems of Innovation, by Dr. Georgi Dimitrov, Policy Officer, European Institute of Innovation and Technology, European Commission on 3 December 2010.
  • History of Electrical Vehicles, by Dr. Gijs Mom, Program Director Mobility History, School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands on 1 December 2010.
  • Technological Achievements of Iran and Scope of Collaboration with India, by H.E. Ali M. Birang, Attaché, Head of Technology Cooperation Section, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Delhi, India on 10 November 2010.
  • Autism Spectrum as Clinical Disease and as Human Diversity, by Dr. Matthew K. Belmonte, Visiting Professor at the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India on 10 November 2010.
  • Meghnad Saha's Paradoxical Story: Floods and Railways, by Dr. Amitabh Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, St. Joseph College, Darjeeling on 25 October 2010.
  • Water and Governance:  Reviewing India’s Response to Climate Change, by Mr. Matthew England, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK on 29 September 2010.
  • Controversy, Facts and Uncertainty: The Great Himalayan Glacier Retreat Debate in India, by Dr. Rajesh Bhakar, UGC Post Doctoral Fellow, CSSP, JNU on 22 September 2010.
  • Debating Conservation in India: Wildlife Hunting in the Mishmi Hills (Arunachal Pradesh), by Ms. Ambika Aiyadurai on 15 September 2010.
  • Post-Normal Technology and the Role of Science and Technology Studies (STS), by Dr. Sujatha Raman, Institute of Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK on 9 August 2010.
  • Technology of Obsolescence, by Prof. J.P.S. Uberoi, Former Professor & Director, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi 28 April 2010.
  • Genetically Modified Cotton: Agrarian Distress and India’s Emerging Economy, by Dr. Asmita Bhardwaj, Cornell University, New York, USA on 21 April 2010.
  • Globalization, Innovation and Social Capital: Changing Nature of Indo-French S&T Cooperation, by Prof. Pranav N. Desai, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 12 April 2010.
  • Commercialisation of Grassroots Innovations: Some Field Experiences, by Jaydeep Mandal, West Bengal  Student’s collaborator with the National Innovation Foundation, New Delhi on 7 April 2010
  • Ways of Knowing: The Emergence of Knowledge in British India, by Sunandan K N, Department of History, Emory University, Atlanta, USA on 17 March 2010.
  • W(h)ither Progress and Development?: Some postcolonial reflections on Science and Social Change, by Prof. Kiran Asher, Clark University, USA on 17 February 2010.
  • Gender, Race and Class: Imagining South-South relations between Latin America and India, by Monica Amador Jimenez, Centre of Gender and Culture Studies, University of Chile on 3 February 2010.
  • South Asian Rivers in Crisis, by Cheryl Colopy, Independent Writing and Editing Professional, Nepal on 27 January 2010.
  • R&D Policy and Its Impact on Society, by Dr. Mohsin U. Khan, Scientist (retired), NISTADS, New Delhi on 24 November 2009.
  • Forests in Flux: Effect of Political Mobilization and Local Institutions on Implementation of Participatory Policy Reforms in India, by Prakash Kashwan, School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA on 4 November 2009.
  • Reviving the Idea of Scientific Temper: Ten Thesis for Creating a Secular Commonsense, by Dr. Meera Nanda, Visiting Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, New Delhi on 21 October 2009.
  • The Sardar Sarovar Project: Where have all the Waters gone, by Himanshu Upadhyaya, Senior Researcher, Academy for Mountain Environments, India on 7 October 2009.
  • Asian Innovation Systems, by Dr.  Omkar Lal Shrestha, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore on 17 September 2009.
  • Technological Zones and Sectors: Governance as Innovation in European Regulation of Medical Devices and Tissue Engineering, by Dr Alex Faulkner, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Biomedicine & Society - CBAS, School of Social Science & Public Policy, King's College, London, UK on 27 August 2009.
  • Science Studies and Environmental Studies: Toward a New Antithesis, by Prof. Ravi Rajan, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California,  Santa Cruz, USA on 26 August 2009.
  • Emergence of Scientific Community in Post Independent India, by Prof. V.V. Krishna, visiting Professor, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore on 17 April 2009.
  • Social Conflict and Conflict Management in Innovation Processes, by PD Dr. Anna Dorothea Schulze, Berlin Institut for Psychology, Humboldt Universität, Germany on 15 April 2009.
  • Emergence of Indian Scientific Community, by Prof. V.V. Krishna, visiting Professor, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore on 14 April 2009.
  • Systems of Innovation, Learning and Capabilities: Challenges for India and Brazil, by Prof. Arlindo Vilaschi, Federal University at Espirito Santo State, Brazil on 1 April 2009.
  • Climate Change and Political Decision Making Under Uncertainty: The Case of Flood Protection at the German North Sea Coast, by Prof. Hellmuth Lange, University of Bremen, Germany on 27 March 2009.
  • Raced Natures, Gendered Environments: The Political Economy of Biodiversity Conservation, by Dr. Kiran Asher, Clark University, USA on 18 March 2009.
  • ‘Powerless’ Oustees and the Tiger Reserve: Challenging Conventional Theories on Displacement and Socio-Political Change in India, by Kim Beazley, Department of Geography, Darwin College University of Cambridge, UK on 24 February 2009.
  • R&D Management and Forecasting in DRDO, by J.P. Singh, Group for Forecasting and Analysis of Systems and Technologies (G-FAST), DRDO, Delhi on 18 February 2009.
  • Emerging Knowledge Economy India: A European View of the Indian National Knowledge Commission, by Dr. Waltraut Ritter, Research Director, Knowledge Enterprises, Hong Kong; & Adjunct Faculty, International School of Information Management at the University of Mysore on 5 February 2009.
  • Need for Indic Cultural Inputs to the Bioethics Debate, by Dr. Susantha Goonatilake, Royal Asiatic Society, Colombo, Sri Lanka on 18 November 2008.
  • Energy and Material Metabolism of Social Systems, by Prof. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Institute for Social Ecology, Klagenfurt University, Austria on 15 October 2008.
  • Apna Aloo Bazaar Becha: From Subsistence Ecology to the Market - Short Film and Discussion, by Pankaj H Gupta, Documentary Film Maker on 26 September 2008.
  • Indian S&T Systems, by Dr. Malti Goel, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi and Dr. Rajesh Bhakar on 10 September 2008.
  • Human Resources in the Power Sector: A Policy Framework for Developing Sector Personnel, by Dr. Debdutta Ray, Power Finance Corporation Limited, New Delhi on 10 September 2008.
  • Academicians and Policy Makers: Can the Twain Meet?  by R. Manonithya &  Rajbeer Singh, CSSP, JNU, New Delhi on 27 August 2008.
  • Inter-disciplinarity and the History of Science: To Fashion a Fauna for British India, by John Mathew, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, United States on 11 August 2008.
  • New Frontiers: Innovation Policy in the United Kingdom, by Brune Poirson, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), UK on 6 August 2008.
  • The Importance of Being Nuclear: Big Science, State Formation and Development in India, by Dr. Jahnavi Phalkey, Deutches  Museum, Munich, Germany on 19 March 2008.
  • Science and Technology in Iran: Some Emerging Issues, by Dr Monir S. Madarshahi, Faculty Member of the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, Tehran, Iran on 12 March 2008.
  • Powerful Environmentalisms, Celebrity, Conservation and Capitalisms, by Dr. Daniel Brockington,  Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK on 5 March 2008.
  • One Day Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Universities, jointly organized byIntellectual Property Management Cell and the Centre, 4 March 2008.
  • Social Theory, Social Movements and Neo-Liberalism: The Curious Case of Common Property, by Dr. Subir Sinha, Department of Development Studies, University of London on 20 February 2008.
  • Pakistan Policies for Innovation and Technology Capability Building, by Dr. Syeda Tanveer Kausar Naim, Former Chairperson, Pakistan Council of Science & Technology on 30 November 2007.
  • Pasteur to Pet Passports: Rabies Control in Britain, 1885-2000, by Prof. Michael Worboys, Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Manchester, UK on 14 November 2007.
  • New Frontier in Science and Technology Studies: Search of a New Sociological Imagination, by Prof. Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK on 5 November 2007.
  • Converging Technologies: Hope or Hype? A Critical Look at the Alleged Revolution in Nano-, Bio-, Cogno-, Info-, etc. Technologies, by Prof. Steve Fuller University of Warwick, UK on 2 November 2007.
  • Universities in a Globalizing World: Where do we go from here?, by Prof. Steve Fuller, University of Warwick, UK on 1 November 2007.
  • Consuming Cricket, Virtual Spectators and Real Buyers, by S. Anand, Tehelka Newsmagazine on 24 October 2007.
  • Indian Democracy and Ecological Survival SEZ's and the Threat of Globalization, by Dr. Aseem Shrivastava University of Massachusetts at Amherst on 17 October 2007.
  • Research Methodology: Debating the Issues in Social and Natural Sciences, by Prof. P.K.B. Nayar, Indian Sociological Society, New Delhi on 10 October 2007.
  • Reality and the Failure of Economic Theory, by Prof. Alejandro Nandal, Science, Technology and Development Program, El Colegio de Mexico on 25 September 2007.
  • Beyond Ram : The Environmental and Economic Challenges of the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project, by Sudarshan Rodriguez, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore on 21 September 2007.
  • Knowledge and its Applications: An Argument on Science-Technology-Society Relations, by Avinash Jha, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi on 19 September 2007.
  • Genetic Engineering and Anthrax Vaccines: Issues in Technology Transfer and IPR in India, by Prof. Rakesh Bhatnagar, Centre for Biotechnology, JNU on 27 April 2007.
  • Rethinking Environmental Impact Assessment: Assessing Technique and Technology in River Valley Development in India, by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli, Kalpavkrish, New Delhi on 11 April 2007.
  • Water and Cotton: Key Environmental Debates in Australia, by Prof. Heather Goodall, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia on 29 March 2007. 
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Development, by Dr. P. Banerjee, NISTADS, CSIR, New Delhi on 21 March 2007. 
  • Technology Development and Commercialization: A Case Study of Technology Development Board (DST), by Dr. Pawan Sikka, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi on 14 March 2007.
  • Institutional and Organizational Dimensions in the Sectoral Innovation System Approach, by Dr. Kavita Mehra, NISTADS, CSIR, New Delhi on 21 February 2007.
  • Government Policy, Growth and Internationalization: Case of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry, by Dr. Jaya Prakash Pradhan, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi on 14 February 2007.
  • Applying Science Studies in Practice: The Case of System of Rice Intensification in India, by Dr. C. Shambhu Prasad, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhabaneswar on 8 February 2007.
  • Technological Capabilities and Export Competitiveness of Automobile Firms in India, by Dr. Neelam Singh, University of Delhi, Delhi on 15 November 2006.
  • Patent Specification: Technical Features & Essential Requirements, by Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, NISTADS, CSIR, New Delhi on 14 November 2006.
  • Scientometrics and its Relevance for Science Policy, by Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, NISTADS, CSIR, New Delhi on 6 November 2006. 
  • Digital Divide: Framework and Case Study in the Indian Context, by Dr. Deepak Kumar, Department of Sociology, Punjab University on 10 October 2006.
  • Silicon Ceiling India’s Techno-immigrants, by Dr. Roli Verma, University of New Mexico, USA & Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on 30 August 2006.
  • Collecting Cyclones: the East India Company and the Origins of Meteorology in Colonial India, by Dr. Richard Grove, Australian National University on 22 August 2006.
  • Foreign Investment in R&D in India, by Dr. S.P. Aggarwal, Centre for International Trade in Technology, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi on 10 August 2006.
  • Human and Spirit Landscapes in Arunachal Pradesh, India, by Dr. Alex Aisher, Sussex University, UK on 26 April 2006.
  • Transport Priorities for Indian Cities, by Prof. Geetam Tiwari, TRIPP, Civil Engineering Department, IIT Delhi on 19 April 2006.
  • Neo Liberalizing Development? Village Internet Kiosks and Agribusiness in India, Ms. Richa Kumar, STS Programme, MIT, USA on 5 April 2006.

JNU Seminar Series Towards Interdisciplinarity

(coordinated by CSSP in partnership with different Schools of JNU) 

  • Lecture on Indian Science at the Crossroads: A Scientist's Perspective of an Emerging India by Professor S. Umapathy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, chaired by Professor Prasenjit Sen, School of Physical Sciences, JNU on 11th April 2013.
  • Lecture On Measurement of Social Variables by Professor T.K. Oommen, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Studies in Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, chaired by Professor S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU on 4th April 2012.
  • Lecture on Computational Linguistics, Corpora and Standards: The Big Picture by Dr. Girish Nath Jha, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, chaired by Professor Alok Bhattacharya, School of Life Sciences, on 3rd February 2012.
  • Lecture on Climate Change by Professor Arun K. Attri, School of Environmental Sciences, chaired by Professor V.V. Krishna, CSSP, SSS and discussed by Dr. Rohan D’Souza, CSSP, SSS on 16th November, 2011.
  • Panel Discussion on Science and Globalisation, discussed by Professor Rupamanjari Ghosh, SPS; Professor V.V. Krishna, CSSP, SSS; and Professor B.S. Chimni, CILS, SIS on 25th November 2011.
  • Lecture on Indian Modernity by Professor Avijit Pathak, Centre for Studies in Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, chaired by Dr. Rohini Muthuswamy, SLS on 14th October 2011
  • Lecture on the Unclear Nuclear Future by Professor R. Rajaraman, School of Physical Sciences, chaired by Professor Zoya Hasan, Centre for Political Studies, SSS on 29th April 2011.

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