NET-ZERO FELLOWSHIP

The School of  Policy and Governance is excited to announce the Net Zero Fellowship Programme
Net Zero Fellowship, 20 Apr 2022, Location: Virtual & In-Person – Various.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Net Zero fellowship is an exclusive programme for 100 emerging political and public leaders in India. The programme will facilitate a deeper understanding of India’s position and plans for tackling climate change. This invite-only fellowship will introduce participants to the issues and pathways to a low carbon or Net Zero economy. The fellowship will cover climate change basics, its impact and ways to address it. It will also move deeper into issues that affect polity and how leaders can engage on different aspects of the Net Zero transition. This would include getting familiarised with issues like climate justice, acknowledging the idea that climate change is as much about ethics and society, as it is about physical and environmental concerns. The program will then move to enabling growth for the country, but also making sure the marginalised are protected through the transitions that such growth will obviously bring. The course will end with a discussion amongst participants about issues that affect India specifically and where the biggest impact for opportunities lies for them in their careers and their work, as well as for India as a whole.

Participant will have access to,

  • International Speakers on Climate Change and Net-Zero
  • Expert Mentors for one on one support and guidance
  • Learning resources
  • A community of political and public leaders across India to discuss ideas
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Delhi to spend half a day together
  • Social catch-ups (when possible)

COST

Participants will be able to participate if invited. Participants will receive a certificate from the School of Policy for attending more than 80% of the seminars.

The fellowship program will take place from April 2022, There will be an estimated 12 hours of seminars and workshops, 10 hours of social engagements including half a day of activities in Delhi.

Week 1 - 20th April 2022

Wednesday

4:00pm. to 6:00pm.

1
Welcome and Introduction – Mr Manuraj Shunmugasundaram, Member – Steering Committee, School of Policy & Governance
2
Fellow Greetings
3
Session Lecture Global Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Net Zero. Topic Expert: Dr Dhanasree Jayaram, International Climate Protection Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany and Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
4
Q&A Session
5
Concluding Notes and Thanks

Week 2 - 11th May

2022 Wednesday

4:00pm. to 6:00pm.

1
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney, Member – Steering Committee, School of Policy & Governance
2
The Importance of Net Zero for India – Special Guest and Plenary Speaker: Professor NICK STERN, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London. Former Chief Economist, World Bank and Author of The Stern Review
3
Q&A Session – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator
4
Session Lecture Exploring decarbonization pathways with the energy policy simulator for India – Topic Expert : ULKA KELKAR, Director, Climate, World Resources Institute, India\
5
Q&A Session – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator
6
Concluding Notes and Thanks -Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

Week 3 - 25th May 2022

Wednesday

4:00pm. to 6:00pm.

1
Welcome and Introduction – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Sydney, Member – Steering Committee, School of Policy & Governance
2
The Importance of Net Zero for India – Special Guest and Plenary Speaker: Professor NICK STERN, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London. Former Chief Economist, World Bank and Author of The Stern Review
3
Q&A Session – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator
4
Session Lecture Exploring decarbonization pathways with the energy policy simulator for India – Topic Expert : ULKA KELKAR, Director, Climate, World Resources Institute, India
5
Q&A Session – Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, Moderator

Speakers

Dr Dhanasree Jayaram

Assistant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship (for postdocs) 2022-23. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also a Research Fellow, Earth System Governance; Member, Climate Security Expert Network; and Member, Planet Politics Institute. She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. She managed a project of adelphi (Berlin) on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office during 2015-20. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.

Kanchi Kohli

Senior Researcher, Educator and Communicator of Environmental Law and Policy

Kanchi Kohli is a researcher, educator and communicator of environmental law and policy. Her work areas cover the fields of environment, forest and biodiversity regulation and governance in India. Her policy research and practice explores the links and gaps between law, development, sustainability and environmental justice. Kanchi has authored several reports, research papers and popular articles as part of her work. She co-authored the coursebook Development of Environmental Laws in India (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and co-edited Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis (SAGE-India, 2016). Since 2004, she is co-editor of Forest Case Update, a public information service on forest and wildlife cases in the Supreme Court of India. She co-authored The Case for the Commons, a six part e-publication on the implementation by state governments of the 2011 Supreme Court judgment on the protection of common lands in India. Her twitter platform #lawforall publicised significant aspects of Indian environmental law for a year and was regarded as an innovative form of environmental law pedagogy. Kanchi is an Associate Editor of the quarterly magazine Current Conservation. Kanchi teaches environment law and development courses at government training institutes and universities., She was selected to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US government in 2012. She was also was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2013 and was affiliated to the Boalt Law School, University of Berkeley, California.

Professor Nick Stern

Chairman, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory, London School of Economics

Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. He has held posts at other UK & overseas universities, and as Chief Economist at both the EBRD and the World Bank. He was Head, UK Government Economic Service 2003-2007, and produced the Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-2019). He was President of the British Academy (July 2013-2017) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He was knighted for services to economics (2004), made a life peer (2007), and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles. Most recent books: How Lives Change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics (with Himanshu and Peter Lanjouw, OUP 2018). This is the third volume on Palanpur and the first two volumes (Palanpur: the economy of an India village (with C.J. Bliss) and Economic Development in Palanpur over five decades (with Peter Lanjouw), were republished in paperback by OUP 2018; and Standing Up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change, Edward Elgar, 2020. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (HLAG).

Ulka Kelkar

Director, Climate, World Resources Institute India.

Ulka Kelkar is Director, Climate, World Resources Institute India. She is an economist with more than two decades’ experience in climate policy. She models the economic impacts of low-carbon development pathways for India and supports climate action in Indian cities and states. She previously worked as a consultant climate assessment specialist for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and research fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She was appointed by the Government of India to formulate India’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020) in the thematic group on Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

Dr Vibha Dhawan

Director General, TERI

Dr Vibha Dhawan is the Director General of India’s premier research institution- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and has been associated with TERI since 1985. Dr Dhawan is actively involved in research as well as policy development at the national and international levels. Dr Dhawan is a well-published researcher and has been instrumental in the establishment of the highly successful Micropropagation Technology Park at TERI. In the area of advanced biofuels, she guides the activities of the DBT-TERI Centre on Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels and Biocommodities. She held several leadership positions such as being the Vice-Chancellor of TERISchool of Advanced Studies from 2005-2007. She is currently serving as Adjunct Professor, Consul General of South Asia Partnership, Michigan State University. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. She is a task force member of a number of committees with entities such as the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), among others. She has served on the boards of prestigious organizations in India and overseas including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, Ayurvet Foundation and Centre for Bioscience and Agriculture International (CABI). She has also successfully completed a number of international assignments such as Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB); Advisor to Director General, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships & Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. Her other contributions include developing e-contents for the postgraduate programme in biotechnology for the University Grants Commission. She was also an Advisor, Bio-resources & Biotechnology, to the Late Tarun Gogoi, the former Chief Minister of Assam.  She is the winner of Indian Women Achievers Sammaan 2017 by NRI Achievers; Women Leadership Agriculture Award 2016 by the Indian Council of Food & Agriculture; First Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award of the Department of Biotechnology in 2000, the KamalKumari National Award for Science and Technology and the first All India Biotech Association (AIBA) award in 1998

Uday Khemka

Vice Chairman, SUN Group Managing Trustee, The Nand & Jeet Foundation

Mr. Uday Khemka is Vice-Chairman of the SUN Group of Companies, a diversified familyowned, investment and industrial group headquartered in India with activities in varied emerging markets in new and renewable energy, electric mobility, natural resources, real estate, electronics/aerospace and private equity. Prior to the SUN Group, Uday worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in London and New York and then established and headed up Morgan Stanley's activities in India. Uday has been on the boards of all SUN Group companies and has been responsible for the establishment of the investment management activities of the group. Today, Uday leads the New Energy activities of the Group which include renewable energy, energy storage and electric mobility energy infrastructure. His passion for New Energy led him to set up SUN New Energy Holdings, which today includes SUN Mobility (aiming to be a global leader in electric mobility energy infrastructure), in a partnership with Chetan Maini, as well as SUN Renewables. Uday is also a managing trustee of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the first, and still one of the only, foundations in India to focus centrally on climate change mitigation, which it has done for 30 years, since COP1 in Rio in 1992. He was also previously the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) jointly established by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama to catalyse investment towards India's 175 GW clean energy target for 2022. Among other climate philanthropic endeavours, Uday resourced the entry of the Climate Group into India and has been on its board ever since. Uday’s key policy interests focus on large scale institutional climate finance (with respect to which he has been advising associations of sovereign and pension institutions since 2004), renewable energy policy and government policy to promote the electrification of transportation. Uday’s philanthropic interests outside the field of climate change mitigation include his work as Co- founder of Just Giving (which became Europe’s leading online charity fundraising portal), his leadership of Youth Reach (focusing on street and slum children in India) and the Nabha Foundation (rural development in India). Uday is on the Board of Governors of the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India, the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute in New York and the Board of Advisors of the Climate Group in India and has been elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also a member of HRH Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and Senior Climate Advisor to the Institutional Investors Roundtable. Educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, Uday received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar)

Dr P G Diwakar

ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

Dr P G DIWAKAR is ISRO Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), IISc Campus, Bangalore, India, Distinguished Scientist, ISRO – (Retd). PhD in Participatory Geomatics, NITK, Suratkal, Karnataka. Dr P G DIWAKAR has 36 years of professional career at ISRO, Dept. of Space. Design & implementation of Diverse Space Applications for several Major National Missions; Space-based natural resources management for Central & State Ministries; Web technologies, GeoPortals & Mobile Applications; Innova tive Applications of space technologies: Design, Development and use of Geospatial technology in addressing socio-economic issues. The Important positions he held in ISRO Head, Regional Remote Sensing Centre, Bengaluru, Associate Director, Earth Observation System, ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, Programme Director, Earth Observation & Disaster Management System, ISRO HQ, Bengaluru, Deputy Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, Director, Earth Observation & Disaster Management, Scientific Secretary, ISRO, Bengaluru, Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO HQ. Dr Diwakar’s International Initiatives includes: • Committee of Earth Observation Satellites(CEOS) – Primary point of Contact from ISRO. Responsible for representing ISRO in this forum for about 8 years. ISRO to chair CEOS in 2020 and conduct Virtual Plenary during October 2020. • International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”: Board member, representing ISRO & Country, for more than a decade. Involved in key decisions and also setting up a unique disaster data processing platform in ISRO, to serve global community. • UN-Economic & Social Commission for Asia & Pacific: Primary point of contact, representing ISRO & Country, in this forum for more than a decade. Responsible for key decisions and providing ISRO support for sustainable development goals for the Asia Pacific Region. • Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum: Primary point of contact from ISRO for propagating Space Applications for regional development and also key member in Space Applications Working Group. Many new initiatives launched from ISRO to promote newer space applications in the forum • Led ISRO in many Bilateral coordination with key space agencies for cooperation in space sector and Earth Observation related aspects • UN Consultant for Sustainable Development Goals Programme of ESCAP, Bangkok

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Lectures: 16

Chandrakanth B N

Chandra is a passionate creator with an empathetic business sense and an entrepreneur who left a high flying career in the US, to chase an Indian dream. He has been involved in establishing several companies since 1996. His ventures have ranged from IT Services, Digital Media operations, Manufacturing and Training. As the Chairman of Pairee, he oversees several investments made by the company.

Prior to Pairee, Chandra was the Founder and Managing Director of Theorem India, which he started with just two people in 2002 and grew it to over 1300+ people globally spread across 4 continents, serving several global blue chip brands and establishing a sprawling campus in Mysore before leaving at the end of 2013. Chandra also enjoys investing, advising and mentoring start-up companies and is on the board of a several such companies. He is also passionate about giving back to the society. His Pairee Foundation is helping educate the rural youth of India and making them job ready. Chandra holds a Masters degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University, Chicago and a BE degree from Bangalore University. He is a leading voice in the IT Industry and regularly speaks at global conferences. He is also an active member of various industry groups in the technology world. Chandra and his work regularly feature on national and regional TV channels.


Monika Barthwal-Datta

Monika Barthwal-Datta is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. Before joining UNSW in 2012, Monika was a MacArthur Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney, where she led a two-year research project on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic Risks and Mitigation.’ Her research areas include critical security studies, non-traditional security, the international politics of South Asia and Indian foreign policy.

Monika was awarded her PhD by Royal Holloway and Bedford College, University of London and holds an MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She also has a Master’s in International Journalism from Cardiff University and has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service Radio in London for several years. Since making Sydney her home in late 2010, Monika has been actively involved in the Australia-India space through her research and community engagement. Monika was a Director and a Steering Committee member of the Australia India Youth Dialogue. She is also on the Executive Committee of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA) and on the editorial board of the journal Asian Studies Review. Monika is the author of ‘Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitization Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors’ (Routledge 2012) and ‘Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications’ (IISS and Routledge, 2014), and has spoken at TEDx Orange (NSW, Australia) on the role of small family farms in global food security.


Ruchir Punjabi

Ruchir is a Co-Founder & Chief Digital Officer at Distributed Energy (www.de.energy). Distributed Energy matches investors with renewable energy projects across Africa, the Middle East, and India.

Ruchir formerly founded Langoor (www.langoor.com) – one of APAC’s largest independent digital agencies that were later sold to Havas Group in 2019. Langoor started in his living room in Sydney before growing to 200+ people digital agency across the Asia Pacific. He continues to be a Board Director and Evangelist for the business.

Passionate about social change, Ruchir has started a number of social and not for profit organizations. After the International student crisis in Australia in 2010, Ruchir created the Australia India Youth Dialogue, a Track II diplomatic dialogue between the young leaders of Australia and India. Ruchir is also the Founder of a School of Policy and Governance and Samarthan India. Ruchir is a Computer Science graduate from Sydney University and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He serves as Director on a number of not for profit and business Boards, including investing in some of them.


Vidyanand Sagaram

Vidyanand Sagaram joined the Victorian Government Business Office in 2009 to head their Skilled and Business Migration portfolio for South and South East Asia. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director for Strategic Projects with a primary focus on the whole-of Victorian government initiatives. To deliver the key initiatives and priorities of the government he has been engaging very closely with the Indian governments both State and Federal, industry groups and various Victorian departments.

Vidya was also the Director for the Australia India Youth Dialogue which hosts young leaders from Australia and India at an annual conference, held in India and Australia in alternate years. He is currently on the Executive Council of the Indo Australian Chamber of Commerce. Vidya has previously worked for La Trobe University in India heading their operations for South Asia, prior to that with Hobsons Solutions and Telstra in Melbourne. He holds a Master’s degree from Monash University, Melbourne.


Rishi Suri

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Manuraj Sundaram

Manuraj is a lawyer practicing at the Madras High Court and is also a Media Spokesperson for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party. He has rich experience in the field of public policy after working as a Parliamentary Advisor for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for 5 years.

In November 2010, Manu was a Fellow of the ‘Legislative Fellows Program’ organized by the US State Department. In July 2013, Manuraj was invited to participate in the ‘European Union Visitor Program’, with fellowships in Brussels, Strassbourg and The Hague.

Manuraj has run tech-based outreach campaigns to engage citizens on civic issues and study participatory governance models.


Sanushka Seomangal

Sanushka Seomangal is a Partner in Thomson Geer’s Sydney office where she specialises in equity and debt capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. With particular expertise in public and private equity fundraising, initial public offerings (IPOs), and mergers and acquisitions involving both private and listed companies, Sanushka also advises her clients on general corporate matters. Sanushka’s practice is largely cross-border with an Asia-focus and she has expertise in capital markets and M&A transactions involving clients in the PRC, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and India. Amongst her professional achievements, Sanushka was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2018 and was a finalist at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019.

Sanushka holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Natal, South Africa, a Master of Applied Law from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Master of Business Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Sanushka has a particular interest in India and is a member of the board of the Australia India Council, the National Vice Chair of the Australia India Business Council, and co-founder of the Australia India Youth Dialogue. She is also a member of UN Women Australia and Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving.


Preethi Herman

Preethi Herman is the Global Executive Director of the Change.org Foundation and an Obama Foundation Fellow for global civic leadership. She established Change.org as a people’s platform in India – growing it from a user base of less than 2 lakh users to a current 1 crore active citizens taking action on various social change issues across the country. Under Preethi’s lead, the Change.org India team has brought several issues into national headlines and made it into a movement touching the lives of millions of Indians.

Preethi is one of the few women leaders from the Global South at the forefront of the civic technology. She has been recognised as one among the 50 most influential women in media (in India) by Impact Media in 2016 and again in 2017, was awarded Business Today’s Most Powerful Women Award in India in 2017 and was recognized by the Indian Government as one of the 25 women transforming India through the UN’s #WomenTransform initiative. At the heart of Preethi’s vision is enabling the power for people coming together to create change and leveraging technology in a decentralised structure of civil leadership. She has helped set up powerful civic and campaigning based organisations like ‘She Creates Change’ and ‘Campaign Academy India’ and serves on the boards of various Indian and International organisations.


Subhadra Menon
Head of Programs

Subhadra Menon leads SPG’s Programmes and Initiatives. She has been working in the domains of human development with a specific focus on communication and advocacy. An award-winning writer, Subhadra uses her core skills and professional experiences to contribute towards the improvement of development indices in India and the region through communication and advocacy using high calibre research, evidence-gathering, analysis, writing and documentation for public domain knowledge. She is passionate about public engagement and outreach. She has extensive experience with social and behaviour change communication, evidence-based advocacy, health literacy initiatives, knowledge management and packaging communication products for change agendas.

Subhadra has led several large programmes and initiatives for national and international organisations, mainly the Public Health Foundation of India, UNFPA India, the Futures Group, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. Before this, Subhadra was a print journalist specialising in health, science and technology, environment and social issues. She was Principal Correspondent for the India Today magazine, among other professional affiliations.


Jennie Jehosheba Jackson

Jennie is the Programme Associate at School of Policy and Governance. She graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Social Work specialized in Human Resources from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. Jennie has worked as a Social Worker and as a Human Resource Trainee in different sectors like schools, manufacturing industries and hospitality. She has also been a Volunteer at Cheshire Homes Coimbatore and has extended her support for the persons with disabilities. Jennie has also been working in a Media Post Production company based out of Bangalore for the past 3 years and has recently joined our team.


Anushka Mukherjee

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Nakkeeran Nanjappan

N. Nakkeeran is Professor with the School of Global Affairs & Deputy Director of Centre for Research Methods, Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD). A Gold Medallist in M.A. (Anthropology) from Madras University, Prof. N. Nakkeeran did his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before Joining AUD, he was with the Department of Health Services Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG - PHFI). Prof. Nakkeeran has worked, published and undertaken funded research in the areas of health social sciences, health equity, qualitative research methodology and child malnutrition. He has participated as a resource person in numerous research methodology workshops meant for research scholars and young faculty members organised across the country. While at IIPHG he had successfully conducted three-day annual workshop on Qualitative Research Methods for medical and public health professionals between 2010 and 2014 and also rolled out an online Certificate programme in Research Methodology. He also was instrumental in designing and rolling out Master of Public Health Programmes at IIPHG and AUD and a doctoral programme in Public Health at AUD. He has won a number of fellowships and research grants including 3rd & 4th Global symposium on Health Systems Research Fellowships; PHFI-Wellcome Trust Research fellowship; ICMR Research Grants; DST Research Grant and a number grants for organizing methodology workshops. Extracts from his ethnographic study of a south Indian village was published as “Conditions of Women's Work, Status and Fertility: Land, Caste and Gender in a South Indian Village”, EPW); he has co-authored an ethnographic monograph “Transfer of Home-based Newborn Care from SEARCH to Other Organizations: Process Documentation of the ANKUR Project”, (SEARCH, 2007). His other publications in this area include “Qualitative Research Methodology: Epistemological Foundation and Research Procedures”, (IJSW), “Knowledge, Truth and Social Reality: An Introductory Note on Qualitative Research” (IJCM); “Rigor and Validity in Qualitative Methods in Applied Situations” (IJPH); “Is ‘Sampling’ a Misnomer in Qualitative Research?” (Sociological Bulletin); “Disability, mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity: understanding health inequity through experience and difference” (Health Research Policy and Systems); and Beyond behaviour as individual choice: A call to expand understandings around social science in health research (Wellcomeopenresearch).


Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is a Research Fellow at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) and Guest Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin – under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship (for postdocs) 2022-23. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also a Research Fellow, Earth System Governance; Member, Climate Security Expert Network; and Member, Planet Politics Institute. She holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University, the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. She managed a project of adelphi (Berlin) on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office during 2015-20. Her primary fields of interest include climate politics and diplomacy, environmental security and military, regional environmental policy in Asia, and environmental peacebuilding.


Dr Shweta Singh

Shweta Singh is Associate Professor of International Relations at the South Asian University (New Delhi, India). Her research broadly focuses on the politics of ‘everyday’, norms and WPS agenda (South Asia), critical peace and conflict studies (with a particular focus on post-colonial South Asia) , gender and populism, and contemporary politics of Afghanistan, Kashmir and Sri Lanka. She has been the recipient of the prestigious United States Leadership Award in 2010, and the Mahbub Ul Haq Award in 2013. She was recently appointed as the UN Women International Expert on populism, nationalism, and gender (Regional Office for Asia and Pacific), and as Academic Advisor for the UNESCO-MGiEP project on State of Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education in South Asia. She is co-editor (with Tiina Vaittinen and Catia Confortini), of a Rowman and Littlefield book series(which is now under process of transition) titled Feminist Studies on Peace, Justice and Violence. Her recent publications include ‘Towards an intersectional approach to populism: comparative perspectives from Finland and India’, Contemporary Politics (co-authored with Elise Feron) 2021;‘ ‘Gendering education for peace: Critical perspectives’ in Tarja Väyrynen, Swati Parashar, Élise Féron, Catia Confortini (eds.), Handbook of Feminist Peace Research, Routledge, 2021, ‘In between the Ulema and Local Warlords in Afghanistan: Critical Perspectives on the Everyday, Norms Translation and UNSCR 1325’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2020.