Friday, October 24, 2014

CSSP Talk on "Achieving Rural Sanitation for All: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" by A K Sen Gupta, Sulabh International, on 29th October

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences

 

Special Lecture Series

October 2014

 

Talk on

"Achieving Rural Sanitation for All: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan"

 

By

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

 

Venue:  Room no. 227, SSS

Time:   11:30 A.M.

Date:    Wednesday, 29th October 2014

 

Abstract: Sanitation is one of the basic determinants of quality of life and human development index. Good sanitary practices prevent contamination of water and soil and thereby prevent diseases. The concept of sanitation was, therefore, expanded to include personal hygiene, home sanitation, safe water, garbage disposal, excreta disposal and waste water disposal. Open defecation is a traditional behaviour in rural India. This along with the relative neglect of sanitation in terms of development priorities was reflected in the country's low sanitation coverage at the close of the 1990s when it was found that only 30% rural households had access to a toilet (Census 2011). The census report shows that 67.3% i.e. 113 million rural households practice open defecation. This fact, combined with low awareness of improved hygiene behaviour, makes the achievement of the goal of total sanitation a pressing challenge in rural India. The responsibility for provision of sanitation facilities in the country primarily rests with local government bodies – Gram Panchayat in rural areas. The State and Central Governments act as facilitators, through enabling policies, budgetary support and capacity development. This presentation will highlight changing policy paradigms in the areas of rural sanitation due to concerted efforts made by WHO, UNICEF, Sulabh International, and other organizations. This presentation will also analyse salient features of erstwhile Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and its new avatar Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

 

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

 

Madhav Govind, Saradindu Bhaduri

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

 

 

Concept Note is enclosed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CSSP Talk on "Achieving Rural Sanitation for All: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" by A K Sen Gupta, Sulabh International, on 29th October

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences

 

Special Lecture Series

October 2014

 

Talk on

"Achieving Rural Sanitation for All: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan"

 

By

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

 

Venue:  Room no. 227, SSS

Time:   3.00 P.M.

Date:    Wednesday, 29th October 2014

 

Abstract: Sanitation is one of the basic determinants of quality of life and human development index. Good sanitary practices prevent contamination of water and soil and thereby prevent diseases. The concept of sanitation was, therefore, expanded to include personal hygiene, home sanitation, safe water, garbage disposal, excreta disposal and waste water disposal. Open defecation is a traditional behaviour in rural India. This along with the relative neglect of sanitation in terms of development priorities was reflected in the country's low sanitation coverage at the close of the 1990s when it was found that only 30% rural households had access to a toilet (Census 2011). The census report shows that 67.3% i.e. 113 million rural households practice open defecation. This fact, combined with low awareness of improved hygiene behaviour, makes the achievement of the goal of total sanitation a pressing challenge in rural India. The responsibility for provision of sanitation facilities in the country primarily rests with local government bodies – Gram Panchayat in rural areas. The State and Central Governments act as facilitators, through enabling policies, budgetary support and capacity development. This presentation will highlight changing policy paradigms in the areas of rural sanitation due to concerted efforts made by WHO, UNICEF, Sulabh International, and other organizations. This presentation will also analyse salient features of erstwhile Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and its new avatar Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

 

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

 

Madhav Govind, Saradindu Bhaduri

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

 

 

Concept Note is enclosed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DST announces hike in fellowship amount to Research Scientists, JRF, SRF

Dr. Jitendra Singh announces hike in fellowship amount to Research Scientists 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced over 50% hike in the fellowship amount received by various categories of young Research scientists, here today. This land mark decision, responding to a long standing demand by around one lakh science Research Scholars and Associates working across the country, is taken by the Department of Science & Technology under his Ministry, the Minister added. 

Addressing a press conference, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that the fellowship amount for Research Associate-III had been hiked from Rs.24000 to Rs.46000, Research Associate-II from Rs.23000 to Rs.42000, Research Associate-I from Rs.22000 to Rs.38000, Senior Research Fellow from Rs.18000 to Rs.30000 and Junior Research Fellow from Rs.16000 to Rs.25000 per month respectively. 

In addition, the House Rent Allowance (HRA) as well as the Medical benefits will continue to be available to all the categories of Research Scholars as per the Central Government norms or the norms of host institutions which ever applicable. Entitlement for travel by AC-2 tier or AC-3 tier depending upon the category of Research Fellow / Research Associate will also be available. In addition, maternity leave for women will also be available to all categories of Research Fellows. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled that as soon as he took over as Minister for Science & Technology four months back, the Research scholars had approached him with this demand, in response to which he had assured them that it is genuine and, being himself from the scientific fraternity, he could very well understand that a hike was richly deserved by Research Scholars and the Research Associates who devoted their entire time and energy to the growth of science in the country. Soon after, he said, he held a series of meetings with the Secretary (S&T) and other Departments which was followed by inter-ministerial meetings with the Ministry of Finance for budgetary implications. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh thanked the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley for having accepted the demand put up by his Ministry. Each Ministry and agency can now use the guidelines to make requisite changes over their specific fellowship programmes, he added. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh further suggested that a hike in the fellowship amount should be undertaken periodically after due assessment and for this purpose he directed his Science & Technology Secretary to put in place a proper mechanism. 

In addition, Dr. Jitendra Singh also issued directions to the Science & Technology Ministry to put in place a web-based fellowship assessment and disbursement mechanism so that delays in disbursement of fellowship amount could be avoided.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Call for Participation in Online Course on "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities", by Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Online Course (MOOC) on "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities: The Quest for Safe and Just Development on a Resilient Planet "

Offered by Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Start Date: November 17, 2014


Further Details: https://www.sdsnedu.org/learn/planetary-boundaries-and-human-opportunities-fall-2014

Course Structure & Requirements
This eight-week course is structured around a series of pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, activities and an interactive discussion forum. Each of these course components can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student. The material for each week is made available each Monday, and once the material has been opened, it remains open for the duration of the course. There will be no mandatory written assignments for the course but the course encourages active participation in the discussion forum.
In addition, Johan Rockström and invited guest researchers will hold 3 real-time Google Hangouts to encourage students to ask questions and engage directly with experts. These Hangouts will be announced 1-2 weeks in advance. As a guideline, in order for students to become part of the community, engage with the content and get the most out of the course, they should aim to spend approximately 6 hours per week.
All students who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a digital certificate of completion signed by Professor Rockström and a 'sustainable citizen' avatar badge. For those that are exceptional contributors to the course, special recognition and a limited number of prizes will be offered. While this course is not credit granting, we encourage students to work with their own institutions to explore the option of granting credit for online coursework. More details will be provided following the launch of the course.
 
Course Syllabus
Week 1: Introduction and the Big Picture
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: The Big Picture
Week 2: Welcome to the Anthropocene
    Chapter 1: The Holocene and the Anthropocene
    Chapter 2: Visions of the Anthropocene
Week 3: Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience thinking
    Chapter 1: Social-Ecological Resilience
    Chapter 2: Understanding Complexity in a Turbulent World
Week 4: Planetary Boundaries Framework – Part 1
    Chapter 1: A New Framework for Human Development
    Chapter 2: The Big Three Boundaries: Processes with Global Scale Tipping Points
Week 5: Planetary Boundaries Framework – Part 2
    Chapter 1: The Four Slow Boundaries
    Chapter 2: Human-made Planetary Boundaries Processes
Week 6: Planetary Boundaries and Global Equity
    Chapter 1: Natural Resources and Interactions Between Boundaries
    Chapter 2: A Safe and Just Operating Space for Humanity
Week 7: Moving towards Global Sustainability within Biophysical and Social Boundaries
    Chapter 1: Global Governance
    Chapter 2: Promising Pathways to Success
Week 8: Conclusion
    Chapter 1: Science in the Anthropocene and the Sustainable Development Goals
    Chapter 2: Conclusions

Enroll Now: http://bit.ly/1sG11v4

Friday, October 17, 2014

JNU-TRC invites you to Sustainability Research Resource Network (SRRN) launch event on 20 October, at CSSP, JNU, India & Call for Papers on sustainability studies

Sustainability Research Resource Network (SRRN)


JNU - Transdisciplinary Research Cluster (TRC) on 'Sustainability Studies' announces the launch of Sustainability Research Resource Network (SRRN). On the inaugural event of this initiative, SRRN invites you to the short presentations to be followed by the discussions on the following topics:

Volunteer or Workers: Politics of Sanitary Contract Workers in a Mumbai Slum

Predeep Shinde

Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CIS&LS)

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management in Delhi: Emerging System, Dominant Pathways and Sustainable Alternatives

Pritpal Randhawa & Pravin Kushwaha

Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP)

Date: October 20, 2014; Time: 2.00 PM;

Venue: Room No. 227, CSSP (SSS-I Building), JNU

(The short presentations of 15 minutes each will be followed by the discussions)


Sustainability Research Resource Network (SRRN) is an initiative of the JNU-TRC on Sustainability Studies with the objective of creating a network and resources on the theme of sustainability that are not limited to the disciplinary boundaries. It aims at creating a pool of academics/researchers, policy makers, planners, practitioners, activists and persons from other walks of life trying to deal with the contemporary challenges of sustainability. In other words, emergence of a multidisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge and research network is envisaged through this initiative to comprehend upon the challenges and alternatives to sustainability studies.

Transdisciplinary Research Cluster (TRC) on 'Sustainability Studies'
is a collaborative effort of the faculty members and researchers of Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD) and Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CIS&LS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. This TRC is intended to engage with the contemporary challenges of sustainability through Transdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

Students/Researchers/Faculty members from natural as well as social sciences working on the themes of sustainability studies are invited to join this network of research resource pool. Those who are working on the relevant themes are invited to send their contributions to the SRRN. SRRN team welcomes their contributions. SSRN will invite them to make presentations and participate in discussions in future. The SRRN proposes to hold on sustainability studies such a forum on a regular basis.

Your contributions can be sent at:  srrn.trcss.jnu@gmail.com  

Pranav N. Desai

Chairperson, CSSP & TRC Coordinator

CfPs: LBSNAA Academy journal The Administrator

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie requests contributions of research papers/articles, book reviews on public administration and public policy, etc for the forthcoming issues of the Academy journal The Administrator. An honorarium of Rs. 2500/- will be paid to contributors of published articles. For further details; see http://www.lbsnaa.gov.in/pages/ display/ 559-subscription-con-tribution-for-administrator.
Contributions should be emailed to trdc.lbsnaa@nic.in by November 15, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PUS paper by former CSSP scholar Biswanath Dash "Public understanding of cyclone warning in India: Can wind be predicted?"

Dash, Biswanath (2014). "Public understanding of cyclone warning in India: Can wind be predicted?", Public Understanding of Science, online first, doi: 10.1177/0963662514553203.

Abstract: In spite of meteorological warning, many human lives are lost every year to cyclone mainly because vulnerable populations were not evacuated on time to a safe shelter as per recommendation. It raises several questions, most prominently what explains people's behaviour in the face of such danger from a cyclonic storm? How do people view meteorological advisories issued for cyclone and what role they play in defining the threat? What shapes public response during such situation? This article based on an ethnographic study carried out in coastal state of Odisha, India, argues that local public recognising inherent limitations of meteorological warning, fall back on their own system of observation and forecasting. Not only are the contents of cyclone warning understood, its limitations are accommodated and explained.

Download Full-text PDF: http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/10/0963662514553203.abstract

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Global R&D Summit 2014, November 12-13, The Lalit, New Delhi.


From: "Global R&D Summit" <globalrdsummit@gmail.com>

Dear Sir/Madam, 


Greetings from FICCI !!!


As you may be aware,  Global R&D Summit is organized annually by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and  Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Government Of India, in association with MM Active Sci-Tech Communications (MM Activ).


The 2nd Global R&D Summit- 2014 with its focal theme "Next–Gen Innovations through Interdisciplinary Research" is scheduled during November 12 - 13, 2014 at The Lalit, New Delhi.


We are glad to share with you that renowned personalities in the field of R&D like Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, President, Global Research Alliance & Former Director General CSIR, Govt. of India, Prof. K. Raghavan, Secretary (Addl. Charge), Dept. of S & T, Govt. of India, Shri Avinash Chander, Secretary, Dept. of Defence R&D, Director General-R&D & SA to RM, Govt. of India,  Dr. John P. Holdren, Asst. to the President for S&T: Director of the White House Office of S&T Policy, Govt. of USA and many more are expected to deliver the Distinguished Lectures at Global R&D Summit and make the deliberations vibrant and invigorating.


Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Ministers of Road transport & Highways and Dr. Jitender Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State for Ministry of S&T, MOES, PMO Office, DAE and Dept. of Space, Govt. of India are also likely to address the International summit and show India's commitment and resolve to take the country on a path of accelerated growth through R&D and Innovations.


Keeping in tune with India's priority areas for R&D investment, the event will focus on areas such as - Aerospace, Telecom, Energy, Defence, Infrastructure, Healthcare, Pharma & Designs. The summit will be attended by a large number of delegates and business visitors   from across the globe. Expert presentations on above mentioned topics would give an impetus to the proceedings. It will be an excellent knowledge exchange and networking platform. The Exhibition concurrent to the summit shall witness participation from Government, Corporate, Academia, PSUs, States etc showcasing cutting edge technologies, innovation and initiatives. For latest update on the summit, please visit www.ficcirndsummit.com


The Event Highlights include International Conference, Product & Technology Exhibition, Poster Session, FICCI R&D Awards and InterlinX - The Partnering Tool.


We shall highly appreciate, if you could encourage Scientists, Researchers and incubating units within your esteemed organization/Department, to register as Delegates and benefit from powerful deliberations on current issues and latest developments in the R&D sector across the globe.

 

A copy of the draft program (click) , event brochure and the registration performa (click) are attached for your kind perusal and consideration.


For any queries, please feel free to contact Ms. Megha Wadhwa, Email: megha.mmactiv@gmail.com, Tel : +91-11-4354 2737, 2331 9387| Fax: =91-11-2331 9388.


Looking forward to a strong representation from your esteemed organization/ Departments.

 

With Regards,


Nirankar Saxena

Sr. Director, S&T/Innovation,FICCI

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GIDR CfPs: National Development Convention on Resources, Institutions and Development... 12-13 Feb

National Development Convention on Resources, Institutions and Development: Contestations and Possibilities in Globalizing India


Organised by Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India


February 12-13, 2015


GIDR Call for Papers

Even as the neoliberal economic regime, regardless of the political ideology that it represents, has redefined the contours of India's path to progress, questions on resources – natural, human and institutional – and rights over them have come to occupy an important constituency in the country's development discourse. The last decade has witnessed a remarkable rise in the engagement by the academia, policy makers and the civil society interrogating the conflicts and dilemmas around ownership, use and management of resources. The central objective of the Development Convention is to bring together diverse, regional comparative perspectives on the modes, terms and outcomes of the extant and emerging interdependencies between resources and institutions mediated by the process of globalization. Contributions that explore these broad themes are welcome.

 

Important Dates

October 20, 2014: Last date for submission of extended abstract (1200-1500 words)

October 30, 2014: Decision on abstracts

January 20, 2015: Last date for submission of full paper

For further details and complete announcement, please visit www.gidr.ac.in or write to the Secretary, Organising Committee at: gidrdc2015@gmail.com

 

CfPs: Fifth National Research Conference on Climate Change at IITD, 19-20 Dec

Fifth National Research Conference on Climate Change

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

December 19-20, 2014

 

Call for Abstracts

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISC), and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) under the banner Indian Climate Research Network, are organizing the Fifth National Research Conference on Climate Change, to be held at IIT-Delhi on December 19-20, 2014.


We invite abstracts from faculty, students, civil society organisations and practitioners in the areas of climate science, impacts, mitigation, adaptation, disaster risk reduction and renewable energy. Selected abstracts will receive a slot for presentation or poster session. There will also be panel discussions involving invited speakers from a range of backgrounds. Abstracts should be submitted online by October 30, 2014 at: http://www.icrn.in/abstractsubmission. Limited funding is available for travel and local expenses for suitable candidates.


Deadlines

Abstract submission deadline: October 30, 2014

Acceptance notification: November 15, 2014


For more information go to www.icrn.in. For queries please contact icrn@icrn.in.

Call for Research Concept Notes: Learning across Borders: The Economics of Environment and Natural Resource Management

Call for Research Concept Notes

Learning across Borders: The Economics of Environment and Natural Resource Management



The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is currently inviting research concept notes that focus on transboundary areas or compare environmental issues in at least two countries in South Asia. Concept notes on the following thematic areas will be considered, and, may lead to an invitation to submit full proposals.

- Policies and Instruments for Greener Growth: Governments put forward a variety of policies and regulations to manage environmental problems. In order to understand whether these strategies are effective, this area emphasizes: a) evaluations of the impacts of environmental policies and programs; and, b) investigations into incentives associated with regulatory and market mechanisms and their contribution to compliance.

- Ecosystems Management: Ecosystems provide provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services that are being lost at an accelerating rate. Ecosystems research examines: a) contributions of services to livelihoods, particularly of vulnerable groups; b) scale and institutional issues in managing conflicts associated with multiple services; c) policies amenable to conserving services such as biodiversity that are not substitutable.

- Economics of Climate Change: With climate change, South Asia is expected to get warmer and experience more extreme events.

 

SANDEE research focuses on:

a) the efficacy of alternate adaptation and mitigation strategies and their local co-benefits; and,

b) institutions and policies contributing to low-carbon growth and long-term adjustment to climate change.


Priority Considerations

- Selected research concept notes will be provided proposal development support to enable teams to understand cross-country issues and travel to study areas for developing full proposals. SANDEE will also try to facilitate cross-country team development.

- Innovative proposals outside the three themes listed above and without cross-country components may be considered if these have strong policy implications. All proposals have to include a strong economics component.

- Grants are likely to be in the range of USD 20,000-50,000 over a two-year period. Research ideas will be evaluated on their intellectual rigor and policy significance.

- Please review guidelines and upload concept notes (approximate length 1500 words) on www.sandeeonline.org by November 30, 2014 to be considered for the next grants window. For any additional queries, please contact us at research@sandeeonline.org


Deadline: November 30, 2014

CfPs: Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review (HER) on Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students’ Educational Experiences

Call for Papers – Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review (HER)
Theme: Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students' Educational Experiences

Call for Papers
The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is seeking papers from researchers, practitioners, families, and youth for an upcoming Special Issue on Undocumented Students and Education. While undocumented students make up 1–3 percent of students in the U.S. public school system, they are also one of the most vulnerable populations—shedding light on their experiences reveals that there are structural factors that either inhibit or support the educational and personal trajectories of these students. As such, while undocumented immigrant students have a legal right to K–12 education in the United States, their academic and social experiences vary greatly.
Research in this growing field has drawn attention to the untenable nature of undocumented students' lives and the disjuncture created by contradictory educational and immigration policies. However, little is known about these students' educational contexts—primarily school settings—and how teachers, administrators, and community members interact with undocumented students. The theme of this Special Issue, "Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students' Educational Experiences," highlights our interest in papers that delve into the "black box" of formal educational experiences to explore the important roles that schools, universities, educators, and communities play in shaping students' childhood, adolescent, and young-adult trajectories.
We welcome submissions pertaining to the complex contexts of undocumented childhood and adolescence, the challenges undocumented students face as a result of their unique circumstances, and how this diverse group of students may use support systems to thrive in the current education system.
We invite authors to consider addressing one or more of the following contextual themes:
  •     School: "Safe Spaces" and/or Sites for the Policing of "Illegality."
  •     After School: Undocumented Children and Youth Participation and Experiences in Out-of-School Time Programs, Community-Based Settings, and Higher Education.
  •     First-Person Perspectives: Opportunities and Challenges in K–12 and Higher Education, as told by students and practitioners.
  •     Intersectionality: Undocumented youth experiencing compounded societal challenges due to intersecting social statuses (e.g., low-income, racially minoritized).
  •     Beyond the United States: Research and reflection on undocumented students' experiences internationally.
These themes are in no way meant to be exhaustive. HER has historically defined education broadly, as education takes place in many locations beyond schools. We encourage works and perspectives that articulate cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspectives.
 
Submissions
We are seeking the following:
Research articles or essays, including (but not limited to) original research based on empirical studies, and theoretical essays grounded in literature. Research article or essay submissions should be no longer than 9,000 words.
Voices: Reflective Accounts of Education, written by students, teachers, parents, community members, and/or others involved in education, whose perspectives can inform policy, practice, and/or research. Submissions of this type generally contain a detailed narrative that weaves ideas, situations, and experiences together, and highlights key learnings. Please note that for this Special Issue, Voices submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.
We highly advise that interested authors review our Guidelines for Authors, which can be found at http://www.hepg.org/page/20, prior to submission.
 
How to Submit
Please submit your manuscript at https://hepg.submittable.com/submit under the "Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students' Educational Experiences" section. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis from now through January 12, 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted.
If you have questions about your submission, such as its topic, relevance, or format, please contact HERsi@gse.harvard.edu.
Further Information: http://hepg.org/blog/dissolving-boundaries-understanding-undocumented-s

Call for Papers – Special Issue of AJSTID on Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Development

Call for Papers – Special Issue of African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development

Theme: Technology and Innovation Policies for Inclusive Development


African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) invites scholars to submit their papers for a special issue on technology and innovation policy for inclusive development. AJSTID is an interdisciplinary and refereed international journal on science, technology, innovation and development in Africa and other low-income countries. It has been established to highlight the crucial role of science, technology and innovation for development and to promote research on the contribution of knowledge creation and diffusion to development in Africa.
This issue will explore research questions focusing on the connection between innovation and inclusive development, in particular on innovation activities that provide livelihoods to marginalized groups of people from the bottom of the pyramid. It is a present concern that innovation–despite its benefits - contributes to increasing inequalities where only the best skilled people are rewarded and incomes in some groups are even reduced. Inclusive development is on the agenda for policy discussions in both OECD and non-OECD countries and constitutes a significant emerging research area with various issues for profound scholarly inquiry that call for and invite attempts to bridge different intellectual traditions.
The aim of this special issue is to provide the opportunity to advance the understanding of the dynamics of innovation for and by marginalized groups of people, mechanisms that link formal and informal innovative activities and to contribute to the development of innovation policies for social inclusion mainly in Africa and also from the rest of the world.
The call is to invite submission following the review and reference procedures of the journal to submit full research papers that preferably address mainly the following themes:
  • Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and the needs and concerns of lower-income groups
  • Technological Capability building in informal settings – how to bridge the skill gap
  • Diffusion of innovation from lower - income groups
  • Innovation and Inequality
  • Distinguishing and Evaluating the social and economic dimension in innovation policy to promote social inclusion
  • Social innovation for including the bottom of the pyramid
  • The role of different actors for skill development for marginalized groups of people: universities, NGOs, incubators.
Submissions will be refereed for relevance to the theme as well as academic rigour and originality. The papers should be no longer than 4000-7000 words with an abstract of 150 words; references should be sent in an Endnote file. High quality articles not deemed to be sufficiently relevant to the special issue may be considered for publication in a subsequent non-themed issue.
Please send your work no later than April 1st, 2015 to Dr. Astrid Szogs, astridszogs@gmail.com and Prof. Mammo Muchie, MuchieM@tut.ac.za.

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Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Web: www.anupkumardas.blogspot.com

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

CfPs: AISC 2014 on Power, Resistance and Justice in the International System: Perspectives from the South; 21-23 December; at JNU, India

Annual International Studies Convention 2014 (AISC 2014):: Power, Resistance and Justice in the International System: Perspectives from the South
21-23 December 2014
Venue: Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Supported by: Public Diplomacy Division - Ministry of External Affairs; Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Organised by School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in partnership with various universities.

Call for Papers
The Academic Committee for AISC 2014 invites papers on the theme: Power, Resistance and Justice in the International System: Perspectives from the South. Convention
Some of the panel themes for the Convention are as follows:
01. Southern Theorisations as Resistance
02. Identities on the Move: Ethnic, Religious, National, Transnational and Diasporic
03. Democratization: Rhetoric, Reality and the Promise
04. Environment: Mainstream and Alternatives Perspectives
05. Peace, Power and Resistance: Cross-Country Theorisations
06. India's Foreign Policy: Challenge or Convergence
07. Gender and International Relations
08. Religion and International Relations
09. Interdisciplinarity and International Relations
10. Social Movements and Globalization
11. Arab Uprisings: Persisting Issues
12. Imperialism in the 21st Century
13. International Labor Movement Today
14. Reflections on 1914
15. Global Law and Global Justice
16. International Relations and International Law: Intersecting Disciplines
17. Migration as Resistance
18. International Institutions Today: Democratic or Hegemonic?
19. Culture and Resistance
20. Geographies of Resistance
21. Borders as Sites of Contestation
22. Globalization and Human Rights
23. Changing Nature of International Political Economy
24. Changing Conceptions of Power
25. Transformations in the World Order
26. Sustainable Energy for All
27. Asian Energy Security Structure and India's Strategic Engagement
28. Crisis of Security State in West Asia: Contextualizing the Rise of ISIS
29. Regional Orders in a Globalizing World
30. Civil Society as an Agent of Resistance
31. Emerging Powers and New Coalitions in International Relations
32. Evolving Notions of Development and the Idea of Justice
33. Natural Resources and the Global Commons: Concepts of Sharing and Burden Sharing
34. International Trade and the Manifestation of Power
35. A New International Organizational Architecture for the World: Issues of Power and Justice
36. Geopolitics as a Determinant of Power
37. State-Market Interaction and the Interplay of Power in the International System

We invite papers under the aforementioned panels as well as entirely new panels and paper proposals that resonate with the overall theme of the convention. Paper proposals should be accompanied by a 400 word abstract and panel proposals by a 200 word description. If you want your paper to be considered under any of the above panels, kindly mention it at the time of submission. This is not required if you are proposing an entirely new panel or a paper proposal pertaining to the general theme of the conference rather than a specific panel. Participants may present no more than one paper. In case of joint papers, kindly specify the co-authors right at the outset while submitting the abstract.

The deadline for sending in paper abstracts is 10th October, 2014

Please submit your paper abstracts online HERE: http://aisc-india.in/AISC2014_web/submit_paper_abstract.php

Panel theme proposals can be submitted online HERE: http://aisc-india.in/AISC2014_web/submit_panel_theme_proposal.php

You will receive a reply to your submission as soon as the review process is over, not later than first week of November 2014.

Download Concept Note: http://aisc-india.in/AISC2014_web/images/pdf_download.png

Further Details: http://aisc-india.in/AISC2014_web/index.php

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CfPs: Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop, 18-20 March 2015, Antwerp, Belgium

Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow - international workshop, 18-20 March 2015, Antwerp, Belgium
 
On 18-20 March 2015 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on Science Shaping the World of Tomorrow. Scientific Imagination and Development of Society at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.  
We understand imagination in relation to the scientific context as the art to creatively design, produce, discuss and  envisage societal alternatives for the future. In that sense it opens a window on the future and constitutes a source for societal development. Placed within a broader context, imagination processes play a role in the development of sciences and in the construction of societies, as well as in the interaction between sciences and societies, the former stimulating the further development of the latter, and the latter providing an environment in which the former thrives. Sciences and societies shape and further one another's imagination processes.
Call for papers
The study of the creative and  productive use of imagination at the intersection  of science and society in view of  building and shaping the future constitutes the  main purpose of this workshop. This reflection will be stimulated by focusing on four subthemes:
1. Imagination at work in the sciences
2. Sciences as  part of the imaginary of societies
3. Imaginaries of the future shaping contemporary reality
4. Politics of imagination


The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. It provides a forum of exchange of research from different disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature and the arts, sociology, economics, physics, science and technology  studies, political sciences, policy studies, …
Researchers, doctoral students and other experts are welcome to submit their application until 31 October 2014. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The selection of participants will be communicated by the end of mid-December 2014 at the latest.
The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop. 
The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves.

Confirmed keynotes:
- Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University (USA) 
- Matthias Gross, Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Jena (Germany) / Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig (Germany)
- Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School (USA)
- Tom Moylan, Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and an Adjunct Professor, SAUL - School of Architecture of the University of Limerick, UK
- Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) / founding member of the European Research Council

Organizing committee:
- Arthur Cools, University of Antwerp
- Raf de Bont, KU Leuven and Maastricht University
- Luc Braeckmans, Director of Academic Affairs ad interim, UCSIA
- Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
- Jean Paul Van Bendegem, VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- Maarten Van Dyck, Ghent University
- Frédéric Vandermoere, University of Antwerp
- Geert Vanpaemel, KU Leuven
- Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp
 
Contact:
Ms. Barbara SEGAERT
Project Coordinator, barbara.segaert@ucsia.be
T +32 (0) 3 265 45 94
More information: www.ucsia.org

Thursday, September 25, 2014

5th BR Ambedkar Memorial Lecture "The Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution" by Prabhat Patnaik; September 27, 10 am at SSS1 Auditorium

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) cordially invites you to the inauguration of the Decennial Celebration Conference "Inequality Revisited: Theory, Evidence, and Politics"

By the Chief Guest

Hon'able Shri H. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

Followed by

5th Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Lecture

The Spectre of Social Counter-Revolution

by

Professor Prabhat Patnaik, Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Date & Time: September 27, 10 am

At SSS-1 Auditorium, JNU New Delhi


Technical Sessions:

Date & Time: September 27, 2 pm onwards,

September 28, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Venue: Committee Hall, Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University

 All are cordially invited

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interesting Current Science opinion paper on "Predatory Journals"

Predatory Journals and Indian Ichthyology
by R. Raghavan, N. Dahanukar, J.D.M. Knight, A. Bijukumar, U. Katwate, K. Krishnakumar, A. Ali and S. Philip
Current Science, 2014, 107(5), 740-742.

Although the 21st century began with a hope that information and communication technology will act as a boon for reinventing taxonomy, the advent and rise of electronic publications, especially predatory open-access journals, has resulted in an additional challenge (the others being gap, impediment and urgency) for taxonomy in the century of extinctions.
Predatory publishing has damaged the very foundations of scholarly and academic publishing, and has led to unethical behaviour from scientists and researchers. The 'journal publishing industry' in India is a classical example of 'predatory publishing', supported by researchers who are in a race to publish. The urge to publish 'quick and easy' can be attributed to two manifestations, i.e.'impactitis' and 'mihi itch'. While impactitis can be associated with the urge for greater impact factor (IF) and scientific merit, mihi itch (loosely) explains the behaviour of researchers, especially biologists publishing in predatory journals yearning to see their name/s associated with a new 'species name'. Most predatory journals do not have an IF, and authors publishing in such journals are only seeking an 'impact' (read without factor), and popularity by seeing their names appear in print media. This practice has most often led to the publication of substandard papers in many fields, including ichthyology.

Download Full-text Article: http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/05/0740.pdf

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

http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?18263/Call-for-application-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: waterfutures2014@gmail.com  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: http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?18263/Call-for-application-Water-Futures-II

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, Webofknowledge.com, Scopus.com, ScimagoJR.org, Sherpa/Romeo (www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/), or DOAJ.org (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" (http://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/ or http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/).