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CSRD organises a seminar by Prof Douglas Hill

CSRD organises a seminar by Prof Douglas Hill

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Centre for the Study of Regional Development,

School of Social Sciences

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Invites you all to a Seminar on 

Counting Carbon, Water, and Trees: Calculative Practices in Contemporary India


  Prof Douglas Hill  

 (University of Otago

Date : December 08, 2023 (Friday)

Time : 3.30 PM

Venue: Room No. 134, Carto Lab, CSRD, SSS III (Ist Floor)

Brief Profile of the Speaker: Dr Doug Hill is an Associate Professor of Development Studies in the School of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand, where he also coordinates the Master of International Development and Planning degree. During his time at Otago, he has held visiting positions at universities and think tanks in the Japan, UK, the Netherlands, Germany and India. He has also undertaken work for a range of international institutions including the United Nations and the World Bank. Doug has been researching issues associated with environmental governance in South Asia for the past 20 years. 


Outside of academia, he works with a range of environment and development policy communities, including Intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and Think Tanks.  For example, he is a former member of the Water Diplomacy consortium based in the Hague, which was a group of researchers and practitioners from 7 institutions that facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues around transboundary river basins in South Asia.  Currently, he is the Chair of the Steering Committee of an intergovernmental organisation called the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. In this capacity, he works with government-appointed scientists and policymakers from 22 countries, to provide support for research and science-based strategies and measures, with the aim of enhancing effective linkages between science and policy, and scientific capacity development

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.