Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CfP: International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling, 3-10 Nov, at GIDR, Gujarat, India

Call for Participation

International Workshop on Village Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling: Application in Agricultural Research and Development Studies

Venue & Organizer: Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Dates: 3-10 November 2014

Goal and Learning Objectives:
This training workshop plans to enhance the analytical capacity of young researchers in using analytical tools and techniques of SAM and CGE and their applications in Agricultural and Rural Development sectors. The specific objectives are to:
a) Provide basic knowledge and hands-on training to researchers on application of theory and tools of input-output model, Village SAM and CGE models.
b) Enhance capacity of researchers in South Asia to do better policy research and impact assessment using village SAM and CGE models
c) Hands-on training in construction of village SAM and CGE models.
d) Evaluate direct, indirect and economy wide impacts of agricultural R&D and policy interventions, including quantifying their distributional and multiplier impacts.

Travel Reimbursement Available for Participants from South Asian Countries. Last date for receiving application at GIDR: September 30, 2014.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Call for applications: Water Futures II; Training Event during 26 October to 7 November, at Kolkata & Dhaka

Call for applications: Water Futures II

Bangladesh and India share the largest river networks in South Asia. These 54 trans-boundary rivers directly influence the lives and living of over half a billion people. Management of basin and regional level natural resource challenges is limited to practitioners in this region. Moreover, the curricula of universities, colleges and training institutes in Bangladesh and India, have a focus on national issues. Rather, attention is not given to trans-boundary water management concerns.

Against this backdrop, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, with support from IUCN's project Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, launched a Dialogue in 2013 for young scholars and professionals, offering opportunities to work and interact with academics, experts and practitioners in both countries to encourage interest in issues related to water management.

The purpose of Water Futures II is to further develop better informed public discourse on these issues.

What are the reasons to participate in the Dialogue – the goals and objectives 
Overall objective of the Dialogue is to promote a deeper and nuanced understanding of riparian issues and common concerns. Specific objectives include:
  • To build future leaders in water resource management in both countries;
  • To equip young scholars and professionals with practical tools and skills for designing problem solving initiatives at local, national and regional levels;
  • To provide opportunities to emerging practitioners to learn cross-country and cross-sectoral strategic, managerial and technical initiatives for sustainable water management, including  food and environmental security;
  • Provide a platform for open discussions on common problems, prospects and challenges relating to sustainable water resource management.
Who can participate
The programme is designed for young professionals, environmentalists, scholars, activists, journalists, creative artists, researchers from water resources and environmental disciplines, young diplomats and young policy makers from Bangladesh and India. There will be 10 participants from each country, excluding observers who may attend the programme at their own cost. 
Minimum Requirements
  • Graduation; 
  • Two years practical experience in a related field will be given preference;
  • Applicants below the age of 35 years will be given preference.
How to Apply 
Applicants are to send -
  • Application to include: Name, Designation, Institutional Affiliation, Academic background and contact details 
  • A Statement of Intent of not more than 250-300 words
  • Latest résumé with 2 references
Last Date of Submission
Application and supporting documents must be sent electronically to the following Email id:  by 25 September 2014.  
Only selected candidates will be notified on email latest by 01 October 2014
Course Duration and Location
A two-week long programme including five days residential course each in India and Bangladesh, and field visits, will commence from 26 October 2014 till 7 November 2014. Course locations: India -- Kolkata and Bangladesh -- Dhaka.
Teaching Methodology
The course will be interactive, including films, music, games, lectures and discussions. Working days would be divided into four sessions, including lectures and discussions. Participants would also be involved in problem solving exercises in which the following activities would be covered: 
  • Situation analysis and critique of existing joint water management initiatives, treaties, and water regimes;
  • Design of a water resource management regime;
  • Reviewing livelihood strategies.
  • Participants from India and Bangladesh will be placed in smaller groups and prepare joint papers based on the modules of the programme.
Course Certificate  
Participants would be given course completion certificates jointly by the University of Dhaka, Jamia Millia Islamia and IUCN.

Further Details:

CSSP Recommended Journals for Publishing

CSSP would like to encourage all its students and affiliates to publish research papers in journals, which are indexed in reputed online databases such as,,,, Sherpa/Romeo (, or (for open access journals). Working papers of any reputed institution are also welcome.

However, we strongly advise you not to publish in any journal covered in the "Beall's List: Potential, Possible, or Probable Predatory Scholarly Open-Access Journals/ Publishers" ( or


CfPs: National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses, 30-31 Jan, at RGNIYD, TamilNadu

National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses
30-31 January 2015
at RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Call for papers
School of Development Practice (SDP) of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) is conducting a National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses during 30 th and 31 st of January 2015 at RGNIYD.
The proposed seminar intends to analyse and explore various dimensions of youth employment/ unemployment besides the critical review of existing policy responses. The deliberations in the seminar will be helpful in developing a framework that can address the issues of youth unemployment in its different dimensions by different actors.

Major themes:
1. Youth Employment
2. Youth Employability
3. Youth and Labour market policies
4. Migration for Employment
5. Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment
6. Gender and Employment
7. Youth Unemployment and under employment

Seminar Dates: 30th & 31st January 2015.

Important Deadlines:
Submission of Full length paper: 5th December 2014.
Communication on Acceptance of Paper: 25th December, 2014
Travel support will be extended to outstation delegates and Local Hospitality (Boarding and Lodging) will be extended to all the selected paper presenters during the seminar.

Publication of Papers:
All papers will be reviewed under the team lead by Experts from ILO in coordination with Dr.P.Sivakumar, Faculty School of Development Practice, RGNIYD and papers accepted for presentation will be published in Conference Proceedings. Subsequently, a few selected papers will be published as an edited volume with reputed publishers.

Communication may be sent to:
Dr. P. Sivakumar
Faculty, School of Development Practice, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Chennai-Bangalore Highway, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu  602105
Email:, Ph: 044–27163872, Mob: +91 9444581080 Fax: 044-27163227

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CfP: Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Research Scholars & Teachers, Nov 17–22, at ISID

Workshop on Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research for Research Scholars & Teachers
November 17–22, 2014
Venue: The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi

The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organizing a six-day Workshop on the Audio-Visual Media as a Tool in Research during November 17–22, 2014. Print media is a format with which most researchers and scholars use extensively to bring out their findings and raise issues. In recent years, Audio-Visual Media (AVM), and the technology needed for its production, is becoming increasingly accessible, both in terms of ease of use, as well as cost. Digital media is being used by government departments, corporate houses, non-governmental organisations and others. However, social scientists and researchers in academic institutions have yet not fully realized the potential of integrating audio-visuals in their work.

The focus of the workshop is to familiarise the participants with AVM tools and motivate researchers and academics to use this medium as a tool, to not only enhance the content but also reach a wider audience and have greater impact of their research. Practical hands-on training in production of audio-video material will also be emphasised. Broad elements of the programme are: (i) understanding AVM – mass media in India and its use in various fields like health, social sector and the corporate sector; (ii) AVM as a tool in research – providing visual insight, supplementing other data, confirming or refuting findings, collecting video based data-subjectivity, authenticity and ethical issues; (iii) presentation and dissemination – effective communication of research findings, presentation skills and the new technology, integrating audio-visual data into PowerPoint presentations, the internet; (iv) AVM production techniques – understanding the technology, basic camera equipment, editing software, streaming video; and (v) hands-on production of AV output. Young researchers/teachers in academic institutions, colleges and university departments who are primarily from the social sciences discipline and whose work requires field surveys are eligible to apply. The batch will consists of 20 participants and selection will be based on relevance of research topic. A nominal fee would be charged from the participants @800/- for lecturer or equivalent; @400/- for scholars getting fellowship and @200/- for those without any fellowship or financial support. The selected scholars will be paid to and fro 2nd class railway fare from the place of study/work. For outstation participants there is provision for boarding and lodging in Delhi for the duration of the programme.

Those desirous of participating in the programme may kindly send their brief CV along with a write-up of around 1,000 words on their research topic so as to reach the Programme Coordinator, preferably through email at, before September 30, 2014. Further details and programme updates are regularly posted at:

Programme Coordinator
Institute for Studies in Industrial Development
4 Institutional Area Phase II, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110070 INDIA
(Phone: +91 11 2676 4600, Fax: +91 11 26122448)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review by former CSSP Student Debojyoti Das, JSAD, 2014

Book Review by Dr. Debojyoti Das

Debojyoti (2014). Book Review: Akhil Gupta and K. Sivaramakrishnan (eds). 2011. The State in India After Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.Journal of South Asian Development August 2014 9: 207-209, doi:10.1177/0973174114536102
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CfPs: Special Issue on Linking Technology Foresight and Entrepreneurship; for Technological Forecasting & Social Change

Call for papers: Linking Technology Foresight and Entrepreneurship
Technological Forecasting and Social Change; ISSN: 0040-1625, Elsevier
Submission closing date: January 31st 2015

Guest Editors: M. Atilla Öner, Özlem Kunday; Yeditepe University, Turkey

Entrepreneurship has gained renewed attention of academicians as well as policy makers since early 1990s. The reason behind this interest is the role of entrepreneurship in innovation and value creation.  Various disciplines approach entrepreneurship from different perspectives to understand the insights of the journey that starts with idea generation and results in innovation driven economies.
The intersection of entrepreneurship and technology foresight promises to be one of the most popular fields of the 21st century.  There is a significant lack of knowledge and a need for interdisciplinary research on linking of technology foresight and entrepreneurship. The interaction of  entrepreneurship and technology foresight is inevitable and needs further attention.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight are expected to initiate an increasing number of innovations in various economic sectors. Uncertainties in environmental, human health and safety effects associated with the increase of new technology introduced by entrepreneurial businesses raise concerns about their potential risks.
Entrepreneurship and technology foresight also raise more fundamental questions on the relationship between the entrepreneur and technology creation; and ethical, political and even religious dilemmas are put on the public agenda.
Understanding the dynamics of technology innovation and its subsequent exploitation in the value chain network (i.e., entrepreneurship) is in need of additional research.

Research questions
This special issue intends to improve the understanding of linking entrepreneurship and technology foresight. We are interested in contributions which look at the role of technology foresight in entrepreneurship.
Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • What is the impact of entrepreneurship and technology foresight on global economy and how it will grow in the following decades?
  • Which factors affect the success of  entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
  • How effective are the public policies supporting entrepreneurship and technology foresight in different countries?
  • How can we model and measure risk and opportunity in entrepreneurship and technology foresight?
  • What are some issues and challenges in creating successful business strategies for the implementation of  technology foresight and intrapreneurship in companies?
  • How can we measure the effectiveness of R&D programs on technology foresight leading to intrapreneurship?
  • Which criteria can be used for the evaluation of funding/investment decisions of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship  and technology foresight projects?
  • How can we measure value creation for customers by entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship and technology foresight?
  • What kind of mechanisms and partnerships affect the emergence of successful entrepreneurship and technology foresight outcomes?
  • How is power exercised during the process of starting a business and partnering research projects?
  • How would the relatively modern trend of assigning patent rights to universities impact diffusion of technology foresight practices and entrepreneurship leading to industrial growth?

We would want to encourage the submission of empirical papers. Conceptual, theoretical, or modeling papers (with reference to the specific phenomena identified above) are also welcomed.

Deadlines and Submission Instructions
Authors can submit their papers any time after July 1st 2014 and up until January 31st 2015. Online submission can be found at: . When asked to choose article type, please stipulate 'Special Issue: Foresight&Entr.ship' In the 'Enter Comments' box, the title of the Special Issue, along with any further acknowledgements, should be inserted.
All submissions should meet Technological Forecasting & Social Change author guidelines.

Review Process
Papers will be reviewed following the regular Technological Forecasting and Social Change double-blind review process.

More Information
For additional information, please contact the special issue editors:
M. Atilla Öner
Özlem Kunday

Further Details

CfPs: Special Issue on "Management and Policy for Frugal Innovation" in IJFIP

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Management and Policy for Frugal Innovation"
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy

Editor: Prof. Jin Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Frugal innovation is the ability to generate considerably more business and social value while significantly reducing the use of scarce resources. It's about solving the paradox of "doing more with less". It is a game-changing strategy for an "Age of Austerity" in which firms are being compelled by cost-conscious and eco-aware consumers, employees and governments to create offerings that are simultaneously affordable, sustainable and of high quality.
Even more than a strategy, frugal innovation is a whole new mindset – a flexible approach that perceives resource constraints not as a debilitating challenge but as a growth opportunity (Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, 2013).
To better understand the essence of frugal innovation, this special issue aims to collect a set of high-quality papers investigating management of frugal innovation and its demand for better innovation policy.
Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  •     Drivers of frugal or jugaad innovation
  •     Mindset and frugal innovation between western and eastern countries
  •     The innovation process of frugal products and services
  •     The technology trajectory of frugal innovation
  •     Foresight and forecast methods for frugal innovation
  •     Corporate strategy and frugal innovation
  •     Frugal innovation and anti-poverty
  •     Cases of frugal innovation in developing countries and its reverse innovations in developed countries
  •     Innovation policy shifts for frugal innovation
Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).
All papers are refereed through a peer review process.
All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.
If you have any queries regarding this call, please contact the Guest Editor, Prof. Jin Chen, at

Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers: 31 October, 2014
Notification of acceptance: 27th February 2015
Submission deadline for final versions: 31 May, 2015

Further Information:

Invitation - Bhoomi 2014 Festival:: Annapurna: Feeding the World

Bhoomi 2014: Annapurna: Feeding the World
on 1st of October, 2014 at India International Centre, Delhi

Navdanya in collaboration with India International Centre invites you to another year of participation in Navdanya's annual festival Bhoomi, based on Annapurna: Feeding the World, on the 1st of October, 2014 at the India International Centre.
The Right to Food is the natural right of all beings born on this planet. The Right to food is also being recognised as a human right. And Annapurna is a metaphor of the abundant and eternally renewable capacity of the Earth to provide food for all the living beings sharing this planet, provided we do not violate her sanctity by poisoning her. For the Right to Food inherently means the right to access safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. Viewed in this perspective, Annapurna becomes the symbol of Food Security, Food Safety and Food Sovereignty and Feeding the World is an act embedded in sustainability, integrity and equity, honouring the contributions of our small farmers and women.
This year's edition of Bhoomi will bring to you the voices of people who are deeply committed to ensuring the Right to Food through praxis, reflection as well as cultural expression. They will share with you how agro-ecology and a reconnection to our food and its source can indeed Feed the World nurturing, affordable and relishing food.
Aptly named Abundant Earth, the dinner which will follow the day's event is a tribute to Earth's carrying, nurturing and sustaining capacity as reflected by the diversity of our table.
09:30 am    Welcome, Lighting the Lamp & Invocation by Vidya Rao
                   Book Release and Opening Remarks by Shri Radhe Mohan Singh, Cabinet Minister, Agriculture
10:00 am    Opening Session: Ela Bhatt, SEWA
10:30 am    Session 1: Praxis of Agro-Ecology
12:00 pm    Short Film: Introduction and screening of film on farmer's suicides in Vidarbha by Tadpole Artists Collective
01:00 pm    Lunch (on prior registration)
02:00 pm    Session 2: Mahila Anna Swaraj: Women Feeding the World
03:30 pm    Session 3: Healthy Food, Healthy Life
05:30 pm    Session 4: Bija Swaraj: Ensuring Abundance on Earth
                   Closing Session: Dr Vandana Shiva
07:00 pm    Songs celebrating food by Vidya Rao & Formidable Vegetable Sound System
* Lunch: Please register for lunch. (Only those with prior Registrations for lunch can be catered to)
* Dinner - On prior booking  by the 20th of September,

RSVP/Contact: 011-26532124, 9015034971, 011-26968077,,

Download: BhoomiInvite2014
Download: BhoomiDinnerInvite2014
Download: RegistrationForm-Bhoomi2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

CfPs: Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies; 19-20 Dec; Chandigarh

Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies
19-20 December 2014
Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Call for Papers
The India China Institute at The New School, New York and Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, invite abstract submissions for the Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium For Emerging Scholars on India China Studies. The symposium will be held on 19-20 December 2014 at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. 

Researchers pursuing an advanced degree (MPhil/PhD) and young scholars who have been awarded their PhDs within the last five years are invited to send in their proposals. Advanced Master's degree students from professional fields such as law, design, and architecture are also welcome to apply. The call for papers is open only to Indian citizens based in India and abroad. 

Interested candidates are invited to send an abstract not exceeding 1,000 words by 30 September 2014. The proposal should clearly state the paper's key research questions, its theoretical framework and the theme's overall relevance to the applicant's ongoing research work. Papers with a strong analytical focus on India-China interactions, comparisons, and impact will be given preference. The proposal should clearly mention the name, current affiliation, and contact information of the applicant. Only original unpublished papers will be given preference. 10 selected scholars will be notified through email by 15 October, 2014.

  • Submission of paper proposals (maximum 1,000 words) : 30 September 2014
  • Notifi cation of selected proposals : 15 October 2014
  • Final Paper submissions (maximum 6,000 words) : 30 November 2014

We will provide domestic economy airfare within India as well as accommodation. International airfare will not be provided. Please send all abstract submissions by email to Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. 

Published paper by former CSSP Student “Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges in Nanotechnology Innovation in India”

Azamat Ali and Kunal Sinha "Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges in Nanotechnology Innovation in India", Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications2014, 2(2), 227-251.

Abstract: Nanotechnology is one of the emerging technologies of the 21st century. It is an interdisciplinary science domain with potential applications in biotechnology, computer science, electronics, communication, medical and food, energy production and new materials. It has generated wide interest and its impact on society is expected to be huge. Innovative aspects of such new technology have important implications for the economic growth of the nations. It has received much global interest and many national governments are making large investments in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) activities. The present paper is an attempt to explore the nanotechnology R&D in the area of energy, water, health, food and agriculture sector in India. It also highlights the outcome of nanotechnology in the publications and patent numbers, institutional players in nanotechnology policy in India and the environmental, health and safety issues of this emerging technology. The information and data have been collected from publicly available sources and cited accordingly. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SDC "Ten Days Course on Research Methodology", 15-26 September, at Dhaka, Bangladesh

"Ten Days Course on Research Methodology"
15-26 September 2014
at Dhaka, Bangladesh

Its our pleasure to inform you that East West University in collaboration with SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC), New Delhi, India is going to organize 'Ten Days Course on Research Methodology' from 15th to 26th September 2014 at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This course is meant for researchers, Faculty members, M.Phil and PhD students.

How to apply
The applicants from India may apply through their parent organizations. The application should be forwarded by the head of the Organization. The application should be addressed to the Director, SAARC Documentation Centre, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067. Last date to receive the nomination is 5th September 2014. Direct applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
The selected candidates will be notified by 11 September, 2014. The applicants of SAARC Member States other than India can contact their National Focal Points. Nominations will be accepted through the SAARC Secretariat.

Course Fee
SDC will bear the cost of training including the cost of course material, working lunch, tea, etc.

Local Hospitality
SDC will provide local hospitality for the participants, which includes free accommodation. SDC does not provide for medical insurance and sightseeing trips. However, transport for airport pickup and drop would be provided by the SDC.

Travel Expenses
To and fro travel expenses of the participants will have to be borne by the sponsoring institution or the individual concerned.

The training details and the application form is linked bellow.

Thanks and best regards.

Dr. Dilara Begum
Course Coordinator and Librarian, Head of Library, East West University, A/2, Jahurul Islam Avenue, Aftabnagar, Dhaka-1212,

New CSSP Publication "Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It" (Book Review), by Madhav Govind

Govind, Madhav (2014). Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It. (Book Review).

International Journal of Environmental Studies,

DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2014.947739.  Download.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CFPs National Seminar on Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead; at NIRD, Hyderabad

National Seminar on Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems & Challenges Ahead
November 19-21, 2014
Venue: National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana

Call for Papers
Flagship Programmes of Government of India, monitored by the Planning Commission are symbolic of the main thrust of the nations developmental policy.
It is time to look into the efficacy of these programmes in the light of the experience gained and suggest improvement in their planning and implementation. The main objective of the seminar is to assess their impact, to identify the problems faced in implementing and reaching out its benefits to
the poor and weaker sections of the society. Research papers are invited from Academicians, Researchers, Development Practitioners on the following themes.
1. Rural Livelihoods
2. Habitation
3. Basic Amenities
4. Provision of Rural and Urban Infrastructure
5. Basic needs for improved Human Resources Development

Important Dates:
Last dates for submission of abstracts: September 22, 2014
Communication regarding acceptance: September 30, 2014
Submission of Final paper: October 25, 2014

Contact address:
Dr. K. P. Kumaran, P. K. Nath
Seminar Director, Seminar Co-Director
Tel No + 91-40-24008418 +91-40-24008594
+91-9989305086 + 91-9618719004
For details refer to

Call for applications - Fung Global Fellows Program 2015/16

Call for applications - Fung Global Fellows Program 2015/16

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2015/16, the theme for the Fung Global Fellows Program will be "Ethnic Politics and Identities." Recent events around the world have highlighted the role of ethnic politics and identities in shaping domestic and international political arenas. The Fung Global Fellows Program seeks applications from scholars who explore the causes, narrative modalities, and consequences of the politicization of ethnic, racial, and national divides from a comparative perspective. Researchers working on any historical period of the modern age or region of the world and from any disciplinary background in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due on November 1, 2014. To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) no earlier than September 1, 2005. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate's proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program's theme, the candidate's scholarly record, and the candidate's ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process itself, see the program's website at

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CfPs: Conference on Decentralized Disaster Governance in Urbanizing Asia, at ARI Singapore; 5-6 March 2015

Conference on Decentralized Disaster Governance in Urbanizing Asia
5-6 March 2015
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore 

Throughout Asia, political reforms are devolving state authority to sub-national jurisdictions to improve governance processes and outcomes by imbedding them in local contexts and capacities. The purpose of this multidisciplinary workshop is to examine decentralized governance from the perspective of environmental disasters. Often portrayed as the preferred means for bringing government closer to the people, decentralized governance is expected to more effectively respond to societal needs by empowering people and their communities to politically articulate their expectations and priorities through public decision-making. Decentralized decision-making is also expected to more quickly respond to disasters due to proximity to events and better ability to mobilize social resources and local knowledge in planning for, responding to and gaining resilience to future disasters.   
Realizing the many hopes of decentralization encounters well-known bottlenecks and opposing perspectives. Local governments are frequently without sufficient authority, qualified personnel or adequate material resources in times of disaster. Participatory governance mechanisms can equally be thwarted by local power relations and patronage networks. When large-scale disasters occur, centralized government agencies in tandem with donor-assisted programs often assert command over local governments rather than working with them as partners.  
At the same time, innovations in decentered disaster governance are appearing alongside an engaged civil society and active non-government community advocacy and planning organizations. Their successes do not negate the need for centrally coordinated engagement in disaster governance. Rather, the challenge is to build multi-level capacities through governance institutions at all scales to identify issues that would most benefit from higher level decision-making processes without compromising the efficacy of community engagement in the politics of disasters.
In addition to raising questions about governance practices, a focus on the intersection between centralized and decentralized regimes of governance through the lens of disaster reveals how their disruptions can lead to new alignments and compounding impacts that transcend existing political jurisdictions. Because many disasters cannot be neatly contained within territorially demarcated boundaries, both vertical and horizontal arrangements among government units can be destabilized. In such cases, the 'rupture' of disastrous events may produce new transborder networks, relationships and connections based upon shared problems, ideas, knowledge and technologies within and among nation-states. Environmental disasters may also compel local governments to seek or foster wider networks of cooperation in post-disaster recovery priorities and programs. In all cases, rigid routines of existing political and administrative arrangements may prove incapable of meeting the exigencies of disasters, and more flexible responses can emerge that do not fit neatly into received ideas about territorially bounded hierarchies of governance.
We invite submission of papers from young and established scholars, policymakers, planners and development practitioners to more fully explore these and other questions about the reflexive relationships between decentralization and disaster governance in urbanizing Asia. We encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories within comparative Asian contexts to draw lessons that can be learned from Asia for decentralized disaster governance regimes in other urbanizing world regions. Core questions that will guide the workshop proceedings to speak to related themes across disciplinary and geographical boundaries include:
- How can we conceptualize the relationship between devolved systems of governance and environmental disasters at multiple scales and across a broad time scale of preparedness, response, and long-term recovery and resilience?
- Does the devolution of political power effectively lead to participatory forms of disaster governance?  What is the evidence that this occurs, and what are the bottlenecks that inhibit more inclusionary disaster governance processes? 
- How do environmental disasters reveal or even magnify relations of power and social cleavages?  Do post-disaster power relations change toward greater concentrations of power, more inclusive governance, or no significant change at all?  What lessons can we draw from assessing the politics of disasters?
- To what extent do international and transborder networks of cooperation among decentralized governments emerge from shared disaster experiences? What are the promising dimensions of this kind of cooperation, and what are the major bottlenecks in creating collaborative horizontal linkages among localities?  

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission to Ms Valerie Yeo at by 30 September 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 October 2014 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 - 8,000 words) by 31 January 2015.

Workshop Convenors
Dr Michelle MILLER
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore

Asia Research Institute and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Contact Person: Mdm YEO Ee Lin Valerie

Download Paper Proposal Submission Form:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Article by CSSP Scholar, A. Borthakur "Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India"

Borthakur, Anwesha (2014). Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India. Bulletin of Science Technology Society, published online before print, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0270467614541242.

Abstract: Electronic waste (E-waste) illustrates discarded appliances that utilize electricity for their functioning. It is one of the fastest growing waste streams across the globe. A study on the generation and management of E-waste was conducted in the city of Pune, India, involving four different stakeholders, namely, the information technology (IT) sector, banking sector, educational institutes, and households. All these stakeholders are listed by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest as major contributors to the problem of E-waste in the country. Semistructured interviews were carried out at 4 IT companies, 10 banks, 16 educational institutes, and 50 households. Results show that the generation of E-waste with respect to computer waste is highest at the IT sector, followed by the banking sector. Apart from a few exceptions, rudimentary management practices were prevalent among the stakeholders. There is a lack of awareness on concerns related to E-waste. Establishing sustainable E-waste management practices, formulation and implementation of appropriate policy initiatives, transparency in the system, and educating people on their responsibility toward global E-waste problem are essential in order to address the emerging concern of E-waste in India.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

CfPs: Conference on Sustainable urbanization in India: Challenges and opportunities, organized by Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, 15-16 January 2015

Conference on Sustainable urbanization in India: Challenges and opportunities 
15-16 January 2015 
Organized by Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

Concept Note
Since 2007, urban centres have become the dominant habitat for human beings making the process of urbanization one of the most significant global trends of the twenty‐first century. Sustainable Urbanization is the post‐2015 development agenda of the United Nations. It unfurls optimistic designs where the city is considered the axis for the new global change, economic forces to entire nations, and central players on the world stage. With global environmental change at the planetary scale on one hand and rapid urbanization at the other, cities are recognized as seedbeds of solutions; flurry of recommendations, designs, and innovations are being thought upon with sustainability as the nucleus. Since the 1990s, cities came to be looked at through the sustainability lens. The concept of 'sustainable cities' emerged, being derived from 'sustainable development' which was popularized in the Brundtland Report (1987) of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), United Nations (UN) and Agenda 21 (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development [UNESCO], 1992). The UN Sustainable City Programme in the South was launched as a vehicle for implementing Agenda 21 at the city level to incorporate environmental management into urban development decision making where economic and environmental costs of urbanization and urban development were to be taken into account and cities were to be designed as compact, energy efficient cities, self‐reliant in terms of resource production and waste absorption. 
There are critical perspectives questioning the effectiveness of these programmes in the global South with the central argument that here sustainability is perceived from the Northern lens ignoring the critical issues of lack of availability and access to infrastructures and resources. Critics include Mike Davis, Joseph Gugler, David Harvey and others who have invoked into the contradictions associated with rapid and rampant urbanization in the poorest quarters of the developing nations.
The present seminar aims to move beyond the bi‐centric approach (of only looking into the differences between the 'developed' and the 'developing' world) and reflect on cities across India using polycentric methods and approaches. In spite of some common components, each and every city has its own trajectories of growth and development, vulnerability and resilience. The Indian scenario is extremely diverse and cities can be broadly classified according to historical, geographical and demographic conjectures. Solutions laid out in official and non‐official documents tend to miss out these diversities. The main objective of the seminar is to identify city‐specific sources of unsustainability and challenges and explore strategies and potentials to make the process of urban transition both sustainable and equitable. Lessons can be learnt from multi‐scalar analyses and case‐study based examples of Indian cities. The non‐linear, bottom‐up, multisectoral process‐based local contexts and initiatives would interrogate a general acceptance of the universalized concept of Sustainable Urbanization and suggest ways that might be important for transcending the theory into action.  

Call for Papers 
Major and cross‐cutting/overlapping themes
  • Urban inequalities (between large cities and small towns and among different groups within a city)
  • Governance, planning and finance (role of govt. institutions, NGOs, CBOs and foreign capital) 
1. Civic infrastructures (including access to natural resources)
2. Waste management  
3. Emission and energy use
4. Urban sprawl/mega‐urbanization
5. Different shades of metropolitan civility and urban environmentalism(s)  
6. Cities and disasters – vulnerabilities and resilience
Important dates
- August 30, 2014: Submission of abstract
- September 20, 2014: Authors of selected abstracts would be notified via email
- November 30, 2014: Submission of full draft paper
- January 15 and 16, 2015: Paper presentation in the conference
- February 20, 2015: Submission of full revised paper for publication

Submission guidelines
- Researchers from academic, government and non‐government organizations are invited to submit their original and unpublished research work on any of the sub‐themes mentioned above. The list of sub‐themes is, however, only suggestive.
- Abstracts should be within 500 words and they should contain complete contact details of the author(s) including email id(s) and contact number(s). Abstracts must state the research problems, methods and methodologies pursued and major observations and findings of the research clearly.
- Selected papers will be invited for presentation in the conference. While submitting a full paper, please abide by the following guidelines:
- Paper size: Approximately 6000 words including references  
- Style: American Psychological Association (APA)
- Font: Times New Roman; Size: 12 points; Spacing: 1.5  
Please note that we are planning to publish some of the selected papers in a book volume by a reputed publisher.

Travel and accommodation
IDSK will reimburse travel expenses to and from the place of residences that include AC 2/3 tier train fare, boarding and lodging facility in the city and other expenses to those paper presenters who will submit full papers within the scheduled date.
For any queries, please email Dr. Jenia Mukherjee (Assistant Professor of History of Ecology and Environment and Coordinator of the conference) at or call at 08017246499. 

Inlaks Research Travel Grants for 2014


Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation invites applications for the selection of Inlaks Research Travel Grants in 2014. The deadline for receiving applications for the grants is October 15, 2014.

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation has been supporting innovative work in research and scholarship for more than three decades. The 'Inlaks Research Travel Grant' is geared to assist registered PhD. students of Indian universities to undertake short-term visits to universities abroad to collect material, use facilities and consult experts.


The 'Inlaks Research Travel Grant' offers financial support for a maximum of 3 months at a university/institution/library abroad. The Grant will cover:
  • Discounted air fare

  • Maintenance expenses at a modest rate

  • Funds for buying material and books, and making copies of relevant literature.
    The applicants must

  1. hold confirmed PhD registration for at least two years but for not more than four years

  2. have a first class degree at either Bachelor's (Honours) or Master's level, preferably both.

  3. be under 35 years of age on 31 December in the year of applying.
Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Fully filled form for 'Inlaks Research Travel Grant'. The forms may be downloaded from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation website:
  • Sample of written work (3000-5000 words) on the subject of the candidate's research. This should preferably be a draft (with full annotation and documentation) of a chapter of the PhD thesis along with details regarding the reading list, surveys, or any other work done towards the thesis.

  • Evidence of having communicated with concerned persons or institutions abroad and having received a positive response.
  • A written and signed statement from the applicant's supervisor stating:
    • The candidate's ability, focus and progress in the work done under her/his supervision

    • The candidate's need to go abroad
    • That the funds for the visit cannot be obtained from any other source
    • Additional recommendations (i.e other than from the supervisor) should not be submitted.
  • The fully filled in forms and other enclosures must be sent by post to the following address: 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021

October 15, 2014

  • Any material collected by the selected candidates (books, copies, instruments etc.) must become the property of the candidate's institution for wider use by future scholars.

  • All this material must carry a statement regarding the support received from the Inlaks Research Travel Grants
  • The grants must be utilized within nine months of the date of award.
  • The students must furnish vouchers/evidence for major expenses like lodging, library fees, buying books, etc.
    The candidates will be expected to go through a two-tier selection procedure.

  • First round short-listing on the basis of the written record submitted by the candidate.
  • Second and final round: Personal interview of the short-listed candidates.
NOTE: The candidates short-listed for the interview will be informed by November 2014. The final interviews will be held either November or December 2014.

Application Form
Download Application Form (xls. format)
This form can be downloaded, filled in and sent by post to the following address:: Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.

Friday, August 8, 2014

CfPs The Philosophy of Education Conference 2015, Bangalore

CfP Poster - Philosophy of Education
The Philosophy of Education Conference, 2015
19-21 January 2015, APU, Bangalore

Last date for submissions
Complete papers between 4500-5000 words should be uploaded in the online system (link provided below) by October 30, 2014.
Authors are advised to follow the prescribed word limit. They may also note that incomplete papers, extended abstracts, or papers exceeding the word limit may not be considered. Click the URL below to submit your paper -

Important Dates
Last date for submissions: October 30, 2014
Communications on acceptance of submissions: November 15, 2014
Conference dates: January 19-21, 2015.

Instructions for Submissions
Submissions should be made by registering as 'interested speaker' in the online system and subsequently uploading a copy of the paper in MS Word format. Please don't upload pdf versions of the papers. All submissions should have two documents;
I. Information about the author; name, institutional affiliation, email ids, and phone numbers.
2. Complete paper with the title, and containing an abstract of the paper in 200-300 words.
Authors should not write their names, institutional affiliation, email id or any form of identification on the paper. 

In case, you don't receive an email acknowledgement on submission, or if you have any other query regarding the conference or paper submissions please write to

Review Process
All submissions will be blind reviewed by a panel of reviewers. The decision regarding selection of the paper will be communicated by email to the authors on or before November, 15, 2014. The decision of the Conference Committee will be final.

Travel and Accommodation
Authors are advised to first explore funding possibilities at their home institutions or other institutions and then contact us for travel funding. Azim Premji University will be supporting partial or full cost of travel for a limited number of authors based on individual merit and need. Lodging and boarding for the period of the Conference will be provided by Azim Premji University.