Friday, December 30, 2016

CfPs: INSEE Conference on Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies and Commitments | KILA, Kerala| Dates: 8-10 November, 2017

The 9th Biennial Conference of The Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)
Theme: Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies and Commitments 
Venue: Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur, Kerala, India
Dates: 8-10 November, 2017

Call for Papers
INSEE is pleased to announce its 9th Biennial Conference, organized jointly with the Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Thrissur, Kerala ( at KILA. INSEE provides a forum for engaging with inter-disciplinary perspectives on ecology, economy and society. We invite academicians, students, activists, policy-makers and practitioners to submit abstracts (of original research papers) and panel proposals under the following sub-themes:
1. Ecosystems and Well Being: Oceans, Forests, Mountains and Wetlands; Resilience; Valuation; Management
2. Collective Action and Local Governance: Community; Institutions; Transaction Costs; Trust
3. Climate Change: Science of Climate Change; Agriculture & Food Security; Extreme Events; Paris Agreement and Marrakesh Proclamation; Adaptation and Mitigation; Technology
4. SDGs and Global South: Gender & Ecology; Inequality; Environmental Justice; Green Economy; Waste and recycling; Energy 

Important dates:
  • Last date for submission of Abstracts/Panel Proposal January 31, 2017
  • Communication about selection of Abstract/Panel Proposal February 28, 2017
  • Submission of final Paper/full Panel Proposal April 15, 2017
  • Announcement of final selection of Paper/Panel July 1, 2017
  • Conference November 8-10, 2017
  • Other events planned: Pre-conference workshop November 6-7, 2017

For information on Submission of Abstract of Paper/Panel Proposals, Pre-conference Workshop, Plenary Speakers, Directions to the Venue, Prearranged Local Visits, Travel Support, and Local Hospitality, visit the INSEE website ( 
Dr. P P Balan, Director, KILA  | Dr. Nandan Nawn, Secretary, INSEE

Thursday, December 29, 2016

CfP: Globelics Academy 2017: 12th International PhD School on Innovation and Economic Development | Tampere, Finland | 15-26 May

Globelics Academy 2017: 12th International PhD School on Innovation and Economic Development

15-26 May 2017

Venue: University of Tampere, Finland


Call for Applications | Deadline: January 20, 2017


The Aim of the Globelics Academy

The aim of the Globelics Academy PhD School is to support the training of PhD students who utilize the innovation systems approach in context of emerging or developing economies in their dissertations. The Academy brings together frontier researchers in innovation with PhD students from developing countries in order to inspire and qualify their work as well as to help them to join high quality research networks in their field of research. The Globelics Academy aims at improving students' ability to undertake theoretically informed and policy-relevant empirical work on issues related with innovation in firms and societies, and its relationship with economic development. The Globelics Academy originates from and is connected to the world-wide research network Globelics ( bringing together scholars working on national systems of innovation.


The Content of the PhD School

PhD training will be based on scholarly lectures and presentations from the PhD students. Student presentations are expected to focus explicitly on students' own on-going research, its methodological challenges and contribution to the advancement of knowledge on innovation. Lecturers for 2017 include professors form Globelics network, whose names will be confirmed soon (see webpages of previous years for example). In addition, other activities including policy lectures, panel discussion, workshops, social activities and visits to relevant "sites of innovation" are part of the program.


Further Details

Monday, December 26, 2016

EPW Special Issue on Water Governance | December 2016 | SDG6

EPW Special Issue on Water Governance
Economic & Political Weekly, 51(52), 24 December 2016.

  • All Is Not Lost, But Water Sector Reforms Must Go Ahead | P S Vijayshankar
  • Sustaining the Liquid Mosaic - Longer Steps Needed | Nilanjan Ghosh, Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
  • New Structures of Governance Needed | Vinod K Gaur
  • From Policy to Practice - Principles of Water Governance | Rochi Khemka
  • An Important Step in Reforming Water Governance | K J Joy
  • Welcome First Step to Much-needed Change | Shripad Dharmadhikary
  • Merits Undeniable despite Drawbacks | Nirmal Sengupta
  • Water Governance Reform - A Hopeful Starting Point | Rajeswari S Raina
  • 21st Century Water Governance - A Mirage or an Opportunity? | Rohini Nilekani
  • Evolution of Irrigation Sector | Aditi Mukherji
  • The Way Forward | Mihir Shah
  • Comment on the Proposed National Water Commission | Pradip Khandwalla
  • Focus on Sustainable Groundwater Management | Rajiv Sinha, Alexander L Densmore
  • Focusing on the Essentials - Integrated Monitoring and Analysis of Water Resources | Sharachchandra Lele, Veena Srinivasan

Sustaining the Liquid Mosaic: Longer Steps Needed 
by Nilanjan Ghosh & Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
Economic & Political Weekly, 51(52), 24 Dec 2016. 
Abstract: This critique assesses if the National Water Framework Bill 2016 and the Mihir Shah Committee report are truly interdisciplinary and based on the principles of integrated water systems governance. The question still remains whether the recommendations are enough to bridge existing gaps and address future challenges in water governance.

Water Governance Reform: A Hopeful Starting Point
by Rajeswari S Raina
Economic & Political Weekly, 51(52), 24 Dec 2016. 
Abstract: The Mihir Shah Committee report demands a paradigm shift, bringing the ecosystems perspective to the ways water is governed in India. This article argues that these governance reforms, though essential, are not enough to enable the paradigm shift necessary for sustainability and ecological justice. But it may be a great place to begin.

One-day National Consultation Workshop on Incheon (Korea) Declaration: Education (SDG-4) | at SSS-1, JNU | 28th December

One-day National Consultation Workshop on Incheon Declaration: Education 2030 (SDG-4) of Sustainable Development Goals

Venue: Committee Room, SSS-1, JNU, New Delhi

28 December 2016 |  9.30 am to 4.00 pm

You may be aware that India too is signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2030). In this context National Coalition for Education (NCE)  in collaboration with Group of Adult Education, (School of Social Sciences JNU) is organising this one day Consultation with invited academics, researchers, activists, parliamentarians and representatives from Teachers' Unions and Civil Societies.

All are cordially invited.

(Full-text PDF)

Best regards,
Dr. Ajay Kumar
Director, (GAE SSS JNU)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Call for Applications | Senior Research Fellowship in Social Security

Senior Research Fellowship in Social Security

Offered by: Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya National Academy of Social Security | Employees' Provident Funds Organisation (Ministry of Labour& Employment, Govt. of India)

Objective: To provide opportunities to renowned Indian Social Scientists or distinguished personalities of Academic pursuit in the field of Social Security.

Duration: 02 years (2017-2019) | Period: 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2019

Eligibility: Persons having outstanding academic work and High Quality Research Publications to their credit. Preference will be given to Social Workers, Action Researchers, Retired Academicians from reputed Universities or Retired Government Servants with specialized fields.

(i) There is no age bar for Fellowship.

(ii) The applicant should have obtained a doctoral degree in any area and should have work experience relating to Social Security.

(iii) The Scholars who avail Fellowship should either not be in service or should have superannuated at the time of Award of the Fellowship.

(iv) No salary protection will be available under any circumstances.

(v) The selected fellows are expected to do Full time Research in India.

(vi) While accepting Fellowship from the Academy, a fellow should not accept Fellowship from any other Organisation.

(vii) In case of selection of persons with disabilities, Academy may consider providing additional resources as per special requirements.


(i) Research fellow shall be paid a fellowship amount of Rs.55,000/- per month irrespective of the fact whether they are getting any Pensionary benefits. The Pensionary benefits will not be deducted from their monthly fellowship.

(ii) In addition a contingency grant of Rs.60,000/- per annum shall also be provided to a fellow during an entire period of fellowship.

(iii) All payments are subject to Income Tax deduction as per rules.


(i) Candidates must submit a brief synopsis of approximately 3000 words, for area of concerned research containing empirical data, need of research and proposed outcome of the research and also how will it benefit the enhancement of Social Security.

(ii) The term of Fellowship will be 2 years, extendable upto six months with the permission of competent authority. The fellowship shall not be awarded twice to the same person.

(iii) Term of fellowship will be counted from the date of acceptance of joining the Fellowship.

(iv) Once the fellowship is awarded it cannot be returned back. If any candidate leaves the research fellowship before completion of the research project, the fellow has to reimburse the extraneous expenditure.

(v) During the term of fellowship research, fellow will be required to give lectures and attend seminars and workshops at PDUNASS or at appropriate forum to disseminate his/her work and knowledge of Social Security among the fellow participants.

(vi) A fellow is required to submit the progress report every sixth month of his/her work and with a simple statement of accounts of expenditures duly signed by him/her.

(vii) A research fellow is required to submit a book length unpublished final report and summary of not more than five thousand words before completion of the fellowship.

(viii) The applications received for Fellowship in prescribed time shall be scrutinized by a Selection Committee, which will recommend the eligible candidates.

(ix) The acceptance of recommendation of the Selection Committee and the appointment to Fellowship shall be the sole discretion of the Competent Authority.

Last Date: Applications complete in all respects and in the proforma prescribed below, must reach the following address, by 05.30 PM of 30.01.2017. Applications received after the said date and time shall not be considered.


The Director, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Academy of Social Security, 30-31, Institutional Area, Janak Puri, New Delhi – 110058

Phone: 011-28524248 | Fax:28525987 | Website: | Email:

Further Details and Application Proforma


Friday, December 23, 2016

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review | 18(2), July 2016 issue is now available online

Table of Contents
Asian Biotechnology and Development Review
Volume: 18, Number: 2 (July 2016)

Editorial Introduction
| K. Ravi Srinivas


The Emergence of the Biosimilars: A Threat or an Opportunity For Biopharmaceutical Innovation System | Pranav N. Desai 
Moratorium on Genetically Modified Brinjal in India: Is Evidence- Based Policy making An Adequate Framework? | Jacob Kalle and Haribabu Ejnavarzala  
Perception of International Stakeholders on Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) | Ruth Mbabazi, Hashni Galhena Dissanayake, Joe Guenther and Karim Maredia  
The Future of Genetically Modified Crops: Reflections on the NAS Report | Amit Kumar  
Report of Multi- stakeholder' Roundtable Discussion on "IPR, Access to Technology and Policy Deliberationst"
Report of Roundtable on "Resolving Legal Ambiguity related to IPR and Access to Technology in Reference to Seeds | Free Download
Book Review | Free Download

Science, Technology and Society | 21(3), November 2016 issue is now available online

Table of Contents
Science, Technology and Society
Volume: 21, Number: 3 (November 2016)

Special Issue: Open Innovation: Technology, Market and Complexity in South Korea

Guest Editor : Jinhyo JosephYun

Open Innovation: Technology, Market and Complexity in South Korea Jinhyo Joseph Yun
Open Innovation to Business Model Jinhyo Joseph Yun, Jeongho Yang, Kyungbae Park
The Factors Affecting Basic Research Performance Funded by Government: 'Creative Research Program' Case in South Korea Youngsoo Ryu, Kwangseon Hwang, Sang Ok Choi
Open Innovation Effort, Entrepreneurship Orientation and their Synergies onto Innovation Performance in SMEs of Korea Jinhyo Joseph Yun, Kyungbae Park, Janghyun Kim, Jeongho Yang
How User Entrepreneurs Succeed: The Role of Entrepreneur's Caliber and Networking Ability in Korean User Entrepreneurship Jinhyo Joseph Yun, Kyungbae Park
Learning Organisation Activities and Innovativeness of Tech-based SMEs within Korean Technoparks: The Mediating Role of Learning Transfer Sanghyun Sung, Jaehoon Rhee, Junghyun Yoon
Exploring Neglected Aspects of Innovation Function: Public Motivation and Non-pecuniary Values Kwangho Jung, Seung-Hee Lee, Jane E. Workman
The Effect of Regional Innovation Type on the Pursuit of Open Innovation in Korean Firms Gwang Min Yoo, Sunjoo Kwak

Book Reviews

Book Review: Banu Subramaniam (2014), Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity Theodore Koditschek
Book Review: Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (2014), Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe Anna M. Agathangelou

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Call for Nomination: NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management" | 6-17 February | NIAS Bangalore

NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management"
6-17 February 2017
at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India

Call for Participation
The broad theme for the two-week NIAS-DST training programme to be held during February 6-17, 2017 is "Science Policy and General Management" with 'Energy Security and Sustainable Development' as the core theme. Consistent with the mission of NIAS, this training programme emphasizes the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge. The thematic focus of this year's training programme will be particularly suited for those with an interest in energy technologies and sustainable development. 
One of the largest research concentrations at NIAS is the Energy and Environment Policy Programme, which is a unique group in the country with a comprehensive approach to address energy challenges. Here researchers from natural sciences and engineering work in collaboration with those from the humanities and social sciences in developing comprehensive technology and policy solutions to India's persistent energy problems.
India's projected economic growth and demographic expansion highlights the twin challenges faced by policymakers to increase energy supplies while also seeking to minimize the environmental impacts of energy development. For the past two decades India bas been facing a significant tightening of its energy supplies causing obstacles for development and growth. Energy planning and development in India also suffer from the fragmented nature of policymaking in the State and Central governments resulting in suboptimal outcomes. While public resistance is increasingly proving to be a challenge for industrial development, energy projects face peculiar difficulties due to differing distributions of costs and benefits among various stakeholders and perceptions thereof.
What should be the optimal energy mix for a large country like India that can address these goals? How can India address the supply problems of coal, oil, and natural gas in the short and medium term? What are the technically and economically feasible limits of renewable and nuclear energy penetration in India? How can India's energy security goals be met while also not compromising its national security and foreign policy interests? Finally, how will the country address inequality of energy access arising out of poverty and geography? The choice of topics for discussion in the training programme will provide orientation and in-depth analysis of various national energy challenges. 
The objective of this training programme is to expose participants to various local, national, and international issues affecting India's energy development in the medium and long term. In addition, the training programme will also enhance planning skills relevant for science and technology administrators, and in particular, to offer views of the broader scientific, economic, social and cultural milieu in which the Indian Scientific enterprise could develop in this century.
About 20 eminent speakers and researchers will be addressing the participants on various topics during the two-week programme, which will also have two public lectures, an industrial site visit, and a cultural outing during the weekend break. The general format of the speaker sessions is a presentation for 45 minutes followed by lively discussions for 45 minutes. We encourage all participants in our courses to interact as widely as possible with the speakers and continue discussions during coffee and lunch breaks. Engaging in a broader conversation during this training programme is expected to enrich the participants and expose them to issues beyond their narrow domain expertise.

For Inquiry Contact: National Institute of Advanced Studies | Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560012 | Email:,, | URL:

Last Date for Nomination: 9th January 2017.

New Book | A Practical Guide to Responsible Research and Innovation: Key Lessons from RRI Tools | by RRI Tools Consortium, 2016

A Practical Guide to Responsible Research and Innovation: Key Lessons from RRI Tools
by RRI Tools Consortium, 2016,

About the Book
This quick guide explains what responsible research and innovation really means and why it is so important for modern society. It explores RRI through the lens of the RRI Tools project and provides practical examples of its implementation through a number of case studies (page 15) and an overview of the RRI Toolkit structure and main contents (page 33). A selection of 'How To' guidelines (page 37) explains how to apply RRI to specific situations, including policy, research and business contexts. Finally, this guide provides five recommendations (page 51) that can help to make all types of research and innovation more responsible. This document explains how RRI Tools has laid the groundwork for more responsible, acceptable, and ethical science and technology development in Europe — in the pursuit of a better, more sustainable and more equitable world. 

Table of Contents
Shaping the future: A Responsible Research and Innovation policy brief
Learning from example: RRI Showcases
The RRI Toolkit structure
Hands on: How To implement RRI 
5 golden rules for achieving RRI
Minds on, hearts on: reflecting and looking ahead

About the Authors
The RRI Tools Consortium project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 612393. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) License.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

JNU Seminar "Utilizing Online Learning in Educational Institutions to Improve Learning Outcomes"| 26th December

Office of Research & Development

organising a seminar on

Utilizing Online Learning in Educational Institutions to Improve Learning Outcomes

Dr. Manish Gupta
Co-founder and CEO, Yen4Ken

on Monday, 26th December 2016
at 3:00pm
at Lecture Hall-I, JNU Convention Centre, New Delhi

3:00pm-3:05pm Welcome address
3:05pm-3:20pm Remarks by Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JNU
3:20pm-3:30pm Address by Prof. Satish C Garkoti, Rector-II
3:30pm-3:35pm Introduction of speaker
3:35pm-4:35pm Presentation by Dr. Manish Gupta
4:35pm-4:40pm Vote of Thanks
4:45pm-5:30pm High Tea

Trialogue2047: Builder, Thinker, Visionary: Celebrating the Philosophy and Practice of Laurie Baker | at IIC Delhi, 28 December

Dear All,

Greetings from Development Alternatives! We are pleased to announce the 

18th Trialogue 2047
Builder, Thinker, Visionary: Celebrating the Philosophy and Practice of Laurie Baker
Screening and Discussion with the Director of :Uncommon Sense: The Life and Architecture of Laurie Baker 

in partnership with Heinrich Böll Stiftung

on 28th December 2016 from 5.00 to 7.30 PM 

at Seminar Hall 1 and 2, India International Centre, New Delhi

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