Ashis Nandy has worked for more than thirty-five years on two diametrically opposite domains of social existence — human potentialities and human destructiveness. It is the oscillation between these two domains that defines his work. Even in his ongoing study of genocides in South Asia, the emphasis is on the resistance offered by ordinary people to organised machine violence and ethno-nationalism. This has brought him close to social movements and non-state political actors grappling with issues of peace, human rights, inter-civilizational dialogue, environment, and cultural survival. Nandy has been trying hard during the last so many decades to de-professionalize himself and to allow his work to be contaminated by the categories, worldviews and forms of social criticism that could be built upon vernacular
subjectivities. Nandy is a Honorary Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. In 2007, he received the Grand Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes and, in 2008, he was chosen as one of the top 100 intellectuals of the world by the magazine Foreign Policy and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Peter Robb is Professor Emeritus and formerly Professor of the History of India, Chair of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Head of the Department of History and Pro-Director at SOAS (University of London). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow, Council-member and former president of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is currently working on the late 19th-century, a book tentatively called The British and Bihar: Development in a Colonial Society. His 10 edited or co-edited volumes cover Indo-British relations, institutions, rural South Asia, local agrarian societies, protest and identity, ideologies, race, Dalit movements and labour, agriculture and development. Of his nine monographs, three are about early Calcutta and four wholly or partly on the 19th – and 20th-century Bihar.
Ashutosh Varshney is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown-India Initiative. Previously, he taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books include Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India; Democracy, Development and the Countryside; Urban-Rural Struggles in India; India in the Era of Economic Reforms; Midnight’s Diaspora; Collective Violence in Indonesia; and Battles Half Won: India’s Improbable Democracy. His academic articles have appeared in the leading journals of political science and development. His honours include the Guggenheim, Carnegie, Luebbert and Lerner awards. He is a contributing editor for The Indian Express and his guest columns have appeared in many other newspapers, including the Financial Times. He served on the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Task Force on Millennium Development Goals and has also served as advisor to the World Bank and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, JNU and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy and international affairs. He has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Mehta is a prolific writer and an editorial consultant to The Indian Express and his columns have appeared in a number of reputed dailies. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy and India and Global Affairs. Mehta holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton.
Former ICSSR National Fellow and retired Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, S Subramanian Independent Volunteer on a rural development project in Jawaja, Rajasthan. The project was sponsored by the ICSSR and executed
by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also been a Consultant with Project Appraisal Division, Planning Commission and Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Government of India.
Dipak Gyawali is a hydroelectric power engineer (Moscow Energy Institute), political economist (Energy and Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley), and academician of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, as well as chairman of Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. A former minister of Water Resources in Nepal, who introduced community electricity giving control over distribution to the rural consumers, he conducts interdisciplinary
research at the interface of technology and society, primarily on water, energy, natural resources as well as ethics and philosophy, basically from the perspectives of cultural theory of plural rationalities. Currently, he is on the advisory committee of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, IDS Sussex STEPs Center, and in Nepal he was the founding chairman of a grass root NGO dedicated to the task of poverty alleviation, the Rural Self-Reliance Development Center (Swabalamban).
Christopher V Hill is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He received his Ph D from the University of Virginia in 1987. He has published widely on the environmental history of Bihar and Odisha, and his publications include River of Sorrow: Environment and Social Control in Riparian North India, 1770-1996 and South Asia: An Environmental History.
He has received a number of prizes and fellowships for his work, including the Aldo Leopold Award from the American Society of
Environmental History, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship.
Emeritus Professor of International Development and Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, Geoff Wood is also Visiting Professor at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Bath. He has conducted extensive research on aspects of poverty, governance and civil society in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan over three decades, with additional work in Nepal, Afghanistan, Thailand, Venezuela and Peru. His applied work has included policy analysis and action-research with governments, NGOs and international agencies. He is currently focussed upon insecurity, welfare regimes, well-being and strategies of de-clientelisation, governance and civil society, and the characteristics of extreme poverty.
Alpa Shah is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE where she directs the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty. Shah read Geography at Cambridge, trained in Anthropology at the LSE, taught anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London for eight years until she returned to the London School of Economics.
Shah’s research and writing focuses on poor and marginalised people in India and Nepal, in particular Adivasis, Dalits and Janajatis. She explores the processes of inequality people get caught in and the various ways in which they try to subvert them. She has lived for several years as a social anthropologist among the Adivasi communities she writes about, here in rural Jharkhand. Shah is the author of In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India. She has also published more than twenty-five essays and journal articles, and has edited seven volumes on issues ranging from affirmative action, agrarian change, revolution in India and Nepal, emancipatory politics, the underbelly of the Indian boom, and Adivasi and Dalit political pathways.
Subrata K. Mitra is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and Visiting Research Professor, NUS. He moved from Heidelberg, Germany, where he was Head of the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute for the past 20 years. Subrata Mitra holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Rochester, New York. His professional career spans India (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi), France (Maison des
Sciences de l’Hommes, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), the United Kingdom (the Universities of Hull and Nottingham), the United States (University of California, Berkeley) and Germany (Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg). He has also held visiting positions in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and the Radhakrishnan Chair, Central University of Hyderabad. He has published extensively in various journals.
Janine Rodgers is a development economist, specializing in gender and labour market issues. She has qualifications from Paris, Sussex and Geneva universities and has worked at the International Labour Office, and has also been Deputy Executive Secretary of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). She has conducted research in rural Bihar since the 1970s and is currently Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi. She has co-authored several articles on Bihar published in Economic and Political Weekly and the Journal of Development Studies as well as the book The Challenge of Inclusive Development in Rural Bihar .
Satish K Jain has worked as Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was a member of the faculty at the CESP during 1978–2013 and held the Reserve Bank of India Chair during 2011–13. His research interests are social choice theory and law and economics.
N N Vohra is currently serving as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for a second term. Vohra, a former bureaucrat, is an alumnus of the Punjab and Oxford universities. He held various responsible positions in the Punjab Government and served as Defence and Home Secretary in the Central Government. He was recalled after retirement to serve as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister (1997-
98). He also served as Director, India International Centre, New Delhi for over eight years; Chairman of several National Commissions and Founder Co-Chairman of India-European Union Round Table (2001-08). He has edited over a dozen books and authored Safeguarding India. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan (2007); Doctor of Laws
(Honoris Causa) by Punjab University (2011); Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Jamia
Millia Islamia (2016), New Delhi.
William R. Pinch is Professor of History at Wesleyan University and Associate Editor of the journal History & Theory. His has
written two books – Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires (2006) and Peasants and Monks in British India (1996), and edited two volumes – Speaking of Peasants: Essays on Indian History and Politics in Honor of Walter Hauser (2008) and History and Theory in a Global Frame (2015, co-edited), and is the author of numerous essays, articles, and book chapters. His current research focuses on micro history of cantonment life in the years leading up to 1857, a co-translation of two 18th-century Brajbhasha poems about the warlord Himmat
Bahadur, and an environmental-cum-cultural history of the waterscape of north Bihar. He
also serves as Treasurer of the American Institute of Indian Studies.
After retiring in June 2013 as Associate Chair, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Political Science department, Harry Blair is currently Senior Research Scholar in South Asian Studies at Yale University.
Previously, he held academic positions at Bucknell, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell and Rutgers universities. He began his academic career with his Ph.D. dissertation on Bihar politics in the late 1960s and later studied other parts of South Asia – Bangladesh, Maharashtra and Nepal. Since the early 1990s, he has worked mainly on democracy and governance
principally on civil society and decentralization. Geographically, aside from South Asia, his field work and writing include Eastern Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Blair served several years as senior advisor with the United States Agency for International Development and has worked as a consultant for the Department for International Development (UK), Ford Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.
Sudha Pai retired as Professor from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2016. She has taught at Delhi University prior to joining the Jawaharlal Nehru University
in 1980. Pai is on the Board of many research institutes and has been member of many research projects including SIDA (Sweden) and the UNRISD. She was awarded the Faculty Research Fellowship
from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Canada in 1996 and was Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. Her research interests include Dalit Politics, State Politics in India, Agrarian Politics, Globalization and Legislative Governance. She has authored or edited several books, written book chapters and articles in reputed national
and international journals.
Educated at Allahabad and Oxford universities, Alok Rai taught at Allahabad University, IIT Delhi, University of Delhi and briefly at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Rai has a few books to his credit, including Hindi Nationalism and Orwell and the Politics of Despair.
Vasudha Dalmia is Professor Emerita of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she also held the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professorship in South and Southeast Asian Studies. She retired in 2014 as Yale University’s first professor in Hindu Studies. Her monograph The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra and Nineteenth Century Benaras (1997) studies the life and writings of the 19th century Hindi writer as the focal point to examine intricate links between politics, language, culture, religion and nationality. Her work on drama Poetics, Plays and Performances: The Politics of Modem Indian Theatre (2006) traces the genealogies of theatre in modern India, particularly the appropriation of ‘folk’ theatre, as it sought to constitute itself anew after independence. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture (2012) and Religious Interactions in Mughal India (2014) are her most recent works. A collection of her essays has been published under the title, Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories.
John Harriss is currently serving as Professor of International Studies at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Harriss was previously Director of the Development Studies Institute (now
Department for International Development) at the London School of Economics, and before that Dean of the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. A Cambridge graduate, he
is a social anthropologist who has specialized in studies of India’s politics and society. Currently, he is researching business and politics in Tamil Nadu, and new directions in social policy in India (in connection with an UNRISD research program on this theme).
st He is also writing the book Peasants Becoming Citizens: Indian Rural Society in the 21 Century.
Patna – born Dipankar Gupta, a leading sociologist, has had a
diverse career in academics, the corporate world and in government agencies. Between 1980 and 2009, Gupta was a Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for the Study of Social Systems. He has held many appointments and fellowships in universities in North America, Europe and UK. He served as Visiting Professor in the University of Toronto, Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, London School of Economics (as Leverhulme Professor), Institute of Politics and Social Science
(Science-Po) , Paris, University of Belfast and Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain. He has also been a Shastri-Indo Canadian Fellow, a Charles Wallace Fellow, a Fulbright Program, and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. He led KPMG’s Business Ethics and Integrity Division, New Delhi; and was a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority. His current research interests include rural-urban transformation, labour laws in the informal sector, modernity, ethnicity, caste and stratification.
Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics at NYU, works on questions of ethnicity, democracy, violence, patronage and clientelism, party politics and the politics of South Asia. She is the lead author of Democratic Dynasties
(Cambridge University Press, 2016), Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012), author of Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and of articles in several leading journals. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Princeton Program on Democracy and Development, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Center for
Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation and research grants from the National Science Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace. She is currently working on two large-scale research projects — (i) A project which theorizes about the effect of ethnic mobilization on democratic stability and governance from a
constructivist perspective, combining field research with cross-national data on ethnic parties and violence around the world and (ii) A project on democratic transformations in South Asia.
A historian of modern India, Vinita Damodaran holds a chair in South Asian History at the University of Sussex. Her work ranges from the social and political history of Bihar to the environmental history of South Asia. Currently, she is leading a project – British Empire and the Natural World. Particularly interested in questions of culture, history and the environment in Eastern India, she is engaged in building up the profile of South Asian studies at the University of Sussex. Dr Damodaran is also the Director of the
Centre for World Environmental History, funded as a University Centre of excellence and an internationally renowned centre dedicated to the Global South.
Wendy Singer is the Roy T. Wortman Professor of History at
Kenyon College, where she teaches South Asian History. Her
books include Creating Histories, which was based on oral
narratives and addressed peasant politics in Bihar in the 1930s, A Constituency Suitable for Ladies, a history of women and Indian elections, and Independent India on the post independence period. Her current project explores reservations and the history of political representation, especially beginning with the municipal councils of the 1920s. Her research, while rooted in the study of Bihar, has most recently extended to Madras as well, looking at cross-regional comparisons.
Anand A Yang, Chair of the History Department and the former Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, is the College of Arts and Sciences Term Professor, History and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Yang is the author of books The Limited Raj: Agrarian Relations in Colonial India and Bazaar India: Peasants, Traders, Markets and the Colonial State; edited volumes on Crime and Criminality in British India and Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History; and numerous articles in journals in Asian Studies, History, and the Social Sciences. He has two forthcoming books – a monograph entitled Empire of Convicts and an edited translation of Gadadhar Singh’s Thirteen Months in China. Yang is the former editor of The Journal of Asian Studies and Peasant Studies and past president of the Association for Asian Studies (2006-07) and of the World History Association (2008-10).
Gerry Rodgers is presently Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi. For over thirty years, he worked at the International Labour Office in a variety of positions, including Director of the International Institute for Labour Studies and of the Policy Integration Department. His work has mainly
been concerned with poverty, inequality, labour and employment, especially in India and Latin America. He was also the principal author of a book on the history of the ILO. His current research is concerned with inclusive development in Bihar, where he has been undertaking studies for over 40 years, and patterns of labour market inequality in Brazil and India.
Jean-Joseph Boillot is Professor of Economics at the CEPII, a
research institute on international economics attached to the Prime Minister’s office in France. In 1990, he had joined the French Ministry of Finance as Economic Advisor, basing himself in the main challenging regions of the world: Eastern Europe (from Prague), Russia and CIS (from Moscow) and East Asia (from Hong Kong). Early 2003, he joined the French Treasury as Financial Advisor for India and South Asia, based in New Delhi. He is co-founder of the Euro-India Group (EIEBG), member of the expert group Cyclope, of the Editorial Committee of the news magazine Alternatives Economiques, and scientific advisor at ISEG, a leading French business school.
Jan Breman majored in the social sciences at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in South and Southeast Asian Studies. He was Dean of CASA and co-founder (with A de Swaan) of the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, with which CASA merged, until he stepped down in September 1998. In addition, he became extraordinary professor of sociology at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, but continued to be affiliated to the Amsterdam School. He was also nominated Fellow of the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden. Jan Breman has been visiting professor in India (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi), in China (Xiamen University, School of Public Affairs) and in Indonesia (Agricultural University, Bogor), and has travelled widely on short-term academic visits to other Asian countries. Breman’s research interests are work, employment and labour relations in contemporary Asia, history of colonialism, labour migration, conditions of poverty and the social question in a global perspective. He received the Edgar Graham Book Prize granted by the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1997 for original scholarship on development in Asia, an award from the Indonesian government for the Bahasa Indonesia edition of his book on coolie labour at Sumatra’s East Coast in 1998 and one for the photo-cum-text book Down and Out from the Indian Guild of Book Publishers in 2001.
Nirmal Sengupta did his Masters and Ph.D from the Indian
Statistical Institute, Kolkata and is presently National Fellow,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is former Director of the Madras Institute of Development Studies. He is also a former Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Some of his past engagements include that of a Consultant with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries; Chairperson at the Working Group on Flood Management for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan; an Expert with the Netherlands Ministry for Development Cooperation and a Consultant with UNDP; FAO; and World Commission on Dams.
Presently the honourable Vice-President of India, Shri Md. Hamid Ansari was earlier a distinguished diplomat who joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1961. During his long diplomatic career, he has served as countryâ€™s Ambassador in a number of countries, including UAE, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia. He is indeed one of the authorities on West Asian Politics. He was also once the countryâ€™s Permanent Representative to the UN. Later, Shri Ansari has served many academic institutions â€” Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Observer Research Foundation. Apart from writing several academic papers and newspaper articles on West Asian Politics, he has also authored two books and edited another one, the last one being â€˜Testing Questions : Exploring Discontents in Contemporary Indiaâ€™. In 1984, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Dr. Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She is also the Oliver T. Carr Professor and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University. Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, measurement of freedoms and human development. She holds a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Arvind Subramanian is currently the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India. He is on leave for public service from his position as the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, USA. He also served as Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He was earlier an Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He served at the GATT (1988â€“92) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1999â€“2000) and at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies (2008â€“10). He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. He has published widely in academic and other journals. Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers in 2011.
Dr. Faujdar Ram is presently the Director of the International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS), Mumbai. Under the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship programme, he has done his Post-Doctoral research at the Ohio State University, USA. He spent nearly whole of his career at IIPS, working on a number of dimensions of the demographic trends in India. He has published more than 80 research articles in reputed journals. He is a member of a number of national and international scientific societies and is the current President of the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP)
Dr. Pronab SenÂ is the Country Director for the IGC’s India Central Programme and, until early 2016, he was the Chairman of Indian Statistical Commission. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, specialising in open-economy macroeconomic systems, international economics and public finance and his M.B.A. (1974) and M.A. in Economics (1975) from the George Washington University, USA. Previously, he was the Principal Adviser, Power and Energy, at the Government of India’s Planning Commission. He also had positions as the first Chief Statistician of India, acting as the functional and technical Head of the countryâ€™s national statistical system, as well as Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (2007-10).Â As a representative of the Planning Commission, he was the principal author and coordinator of Mid-term Appraisal of the Eighth Five Year Plan, Ninth Five Year Plan, Mid-term Appraisal of the Ninth Five Year Plan, Tenth Five Year Plan, and the Mid-term Appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan.
Dr. Navin Rustagi is a Big Data scientist at the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine. He works Â in the areas of Â Population Genetics and Bioinformatics, Â with special focus Â on designing algorithms for Â processing extremely large sequencing datasets. His recent work on populations from south India illuminates the rich genomic diversity in the Indian subcontinent. He played an integral part in designing and implementing cloud AWS-based algorithms for discovering genetic markers for premier longitudinal studies related to heart diseases and Ageing in the USA. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, USA and his undergraduate degree in pure mathematics from the Chennai Mathematical Institute in India.
Dr. TCA Anant is currently the Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Earlier, he had taught at the Delhi School of Economics for more than two decades and was also Member-Secretary of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. He has also been a member of a number of expert committees of the Government of India. Professor Anant has served in the Academic Council or Boards of a number of universities and has been a consultant to many international organisations. His areas of interest is labour, industry and economic theory, on which he has published a number of papers and books.
Dr. Rathin Roy is Director of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. With postings in London, New York, Kathmandu, Brasilia and Bangkok, he has worked as an Economic Diplomat and Policy Advisor with UNDP, focusing on emerging economies. He has taught at the Universities of Manchester and London and served as Economic Adviser with the Thirteenth Finance Commission. Dr. Roy is a Member of India Advisory Committee on United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Meta Council on Inclusive Growth, World Economic Forum (Geneva) and Poverty Task Force of the Government of India. Dr. Roy holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9, and was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.
He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007.
He is the author of 14 books and editor of 12 other books, and author of more than 150 journal articles. His last two books are: Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India (2013), and Globalization , Democracy, and Corruption: an Indian Perspective (2015).
Dr. Arvind Panagariya is currently Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog.Â In the past, he has been Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at the Columbia University and Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has worked in various capacities at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Dr. Panagariya is a leading international trade theorist of his generation. His numerous policy writings on the benefits of trade liberalization, superiority of multilateral over preferential trade liberalization, and the folly of including non-trade issues such as intellectual property rights and labor standards into the World Trade Organization have been extremely influential.
Dr. Nachane is currently Chancellor of Manipur University, Imphal, and Professor Emeritus at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR). He was formerly a Member of Prime Ministerâ€™s Economic Advisory Council (2012-14). He was alsoÂ Director-cum-Vice Chancellor of theÂ IGIDR (2007-2010), Senior Professor, IGIDR (2003-2007) and Director, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai (1993-99).
Most of Dr. Nachaneâ€™s active career has been spent at the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, from which he retired in 2003 as Professor of Quantitative Economics. He was also Director of the Department for a six year period from 1993 to 1999. Dr. Nachaneâ€™s contributions in Econometrics (especially time series analysis) are too well known to be recounted in detail here. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the subject, the Indian Econometric society elected him as its President in 2003. But apart from Econometrics, he has also actively researched in the areas of economic methodology, macro-economics, money, banking and finance and history of economic thought. Dr. Nachane is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the TIES Journal of Quantitative Economics as well as a Co-editor of Money & Finance in Emerging Market Economies (Francis & Taylor). Dr. Nachane has served for a number of yearsÂ on the editorial Advisory Boards of Regional Journal of Social Sciences, AustralianÂ Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Margin, Journal of Interdisciplianry Economics, Artha -Vijnan, etc. He is an Elected Member, Academy of Sciences, New York, USA and Â has been associated with several important committees of which special mention must be made of the RBI Technical AdvisoryCommittee on MonetaryPolicy on which he has served from 2005-2011 and the RBI Technical AdvisoryCommittee on Inflation Expectations (from 2007-2011).
He has also been associated with several important Financial institutions such as Â SBI-DFHI (currently Board Member) , DICGCI (Board Member 2006-2008), Â NSE (Board Member 1998-2000) , BSE (Council Member 2008-2010) CCIL (Member, Research Advisory Committee) etc. He has been visiting Professor at several foreign universities, including most notably the University of Manchester (U.K.), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Magdeburg (Germany) and the European University Institute (Italy). He has nearly 100 articles in refereed journals to his credit and has authored/co-edited about 10 books.
Jean-Joseph BOILLOT is an Advisor to the CEPII Business Club on large emerging economies like India and China. It has expanded its scope to Africa since his return to Paris in 2006. He lectures at numerous institutions and is a recognized expert with many public institutions and private businesses.
He is co-Chairman of the Euro-India Economic & Business Group (EIEBG), member of the editorial committee of Alternatives Economiques, of the think-tank Confrontation Europe, and Scientific advisor at ISEG. Jean-Joseph BOILLOT is Professeur of Social Sciences and hold a PhD in Economics. He worked on Asia as an economist with the CEPII during the 1980-90s. Then he joined as an economic advisor the French ministry of finances for the Emerging countries: Central Europe, Russia, Asia and India.
Dr. Binayak Sen isÂ currently a Research Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), the premier public think-tank of the country.Â He did his MA in Economics from the Moscow State University and his Ph. D. in Economics from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been a Senior Economist in the South Asia Region of the World Bank as a regular staff member and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Administration Department of the World Bank. He has served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP and WHO. Dr. Sen also loves teaching. He has taught economic development courses at the North South University, BRAC University, Dhaka University and National University in the past two decades. His major areas of research include inclusive development, chronic poverty, income inequality, middle class, human development, labor market, social protection, economic history, and political economy.
Dr. A. K. Shiva Kumar is a development economist and evaluator, working on issues related to Human Development, Poverty, Health, Nutrition, Basic Education, and the Rights of Women and Children.Â He is presently Senior Consultant and Policy Advisor to UNICEF India and, until recently, was the Director of the International Centre for Human Development in New Delhi. He is a Visiting Professor at the Ashoka University, Indian School of Business and the Kennedy School of Governance at the Harvard University, USA.
Kaivan Munshi is Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His research career has been devoted to the analysis of communities and their interaction with economic activity. His recent work has examined the effect of community networks on education, health, and mobility, which are key determinants of growth and development. Munshi’s research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.
Professor Munshi’s long-term research program examines the multifaceted role played by informal community institutions in the development process. The first stage in this research was devoted to providing credible empirical evidence that social norms and community-based networks have large effects on individual decisions and outcomes in developing economies. The second stage studied how networks can support or restrict the mobility of their members, depending on the context, with important consequences for development. Much of this work is based in India, where the caste is a natural social unit around which networks serving different economic functions (such as providing jobs and credit for their members) can be organized.
Professor Munshi’s current research expands this program in four directions. One project will expand the scope of caste networks from economic activity to community health. A second project will examine networks in a new context, tracing the evolution of African-American communities from Emancipation through the twentieth century. A third project will study the assimilation of South Asian immigrants in the United Kingdom over multiple generations. And a fourth project will explore the community origins of industrial entrepreneurship in India and China.
Lakshmi Iyer is an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School. Her primary research fields are political economy and development economics, with a special emphasis on property rights and the distribution of political power within societies. Her research has examined many dimensions of the distribution of political power within emerging market countries, including the legacy of colonial rule, the division of authority between politicians and bureaucrats, and the determinants of conflict. She is currently working on several projects related to the determinants and consequences of womenâ€™s political representation. She has also studied historical and current property rights institutions in several emerging markets including India, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.Â Her work has been published in leading academic journals in economics. She has also authored numerous case studies on institutions, macroeconomics and economic policy. Lakshmi Iyer holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Indian Statistical Institute, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
James Manor is the Emeka Anyaoku Professor Emeritus of Commonwealth Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Â He has previously taught at Yale, Harvard and Leicester Universities, at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Â His most recent books, both forthcoming in 2015 from Orient BlackSwan, areÂ Politics and State-Society Relations in India: Collected Writings, and with Rob Jenkins,Politics and the Right to Work: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.