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Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
Rajeswari S. Raina
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
Ph.D. (Economics), Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala University, 1994.
M.Sc. (Ag. Economics and Marketing Management), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, 1987.
B.Sc. (Agriculture), Kerala Agricultural University, 1984.
Professional Experience
National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, 1992-2016.

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, 2005-2009.
Research Interests
Agricultural and rural innovation, Institutional economics, STS (Science, Technology, Society studies), Environment and Governance studies
Select Publications
Rajeswari S. Raina and Debanjana Dey, 2016. “The Valuation Conundrum: Biodiversity and Science-Policy Interface in India’s Livestock Sector”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.51 (47): 70-78.

Raina, R. S. (Ed.) 2015. Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. Agriculture and the development burden, in Knut A. Jacobsen (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India, Routledge: London and New York. Pp. 99-117.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2014. “Beyond Supply Driven Science” Seminar, No. 654. Feb 2014. pp.69-74.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2012. “Agriculture in the Environment: Are sustainable climate friendly production systems possible in India?” in The Handbook of Climate Change and India, N. Dubash (Ed.), Oxford University Press: New Delhi. Pp. 317-327.

Rajeswari S. Raina, Sunita Sangar, Rasheed V. Sulaiman, Andrew J. Hall 2006. “The soil sciences in India: Policy lessons for agricultural innovation,” Research Policy, Vol 35 (5): 691-714.

Rajeswari S. Raina .2003. “Disciplines, institutions and organizations: Impact assessments in context,” Agricultural Systems, Vol. 78 (2): 185-212.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Sunita Sangar .2002. “Water Quality, Agricultural Policy and Science,” Knowledge, Technology and Policy, Vol.14 (4): 109-125.

Rajeswari S. Raina. 2000. “Countering Seasonal Rural Problems: Integrated Participatory Information System”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 35 (37): 3335-3342.

Rajeswari S. Raina. 1997. “Public Patronage and Political Neutrality in Agricultural Research: Lessons from British experience,” the Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.32 (39): 2473-2485.

Rajeswari S. 1995. “Agricultural Research Effort: Conceptual Clarity and Measurement”, World Development, Vol. 23(4 ): 617-635.
National and International Recognition

Member, ISEE Board, International Society for Ecological Economics, 2016-2018 ()

Member, Research Advisory Committee, CRIDA (Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture), ICAR, 2016-2018.

Member, Expert Advisory Committee on Innovation, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development (iSTED) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India: New Delhi 2016-18.

Member of the Expert Committee (EC) for approval and review of Core Support programme under the Technology Advancement for Rural Areas (TARA) Scheme of the SEED Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (2016-19).


Secretary, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) 2014-2016. ()

Fellowships received: Visiting Research Fellowship – INRA, Paris (2002), Rockefeller Archives Center- Research Grant (2000), Swedish Institute- Visiting Fellowship (1999), UNU /INTECH Ph.D. Scholars Fellowship (1995), IDS, Sussex, Visiting Fellowship (1992), I.C.S.S.R. Doctoral Fellowship (1987-1991), I.C.A.R. Junior Research Fellowship in Agricultural Economics (1985-87). National Merit Scholarship (1980-1984).

Consultant to and team leader/member in several national and international programmes and organizations.
Executive Summary
My research goal is to understand and explain the relationships between knowledge and economic development, specifically in agricultural and rural contexts. Equipped with a multi- disciplinary education, intellectual curiosity and social commitment to equitable and sustainable development, I address this research goal through individual and collaborative research projects, and strategic knowledge alliances with partners in academia, civil society, industry and the state. Teaching and research in SNU will be mainly on two inter-disciplinary themes (i) on S&T and innovation systems for agrarian and rural transformation, and (ii) on institutions (rules, norms, laws, habits) and the processes of institutional change - especially the norms that govern knowledge generation, sustainable development, ecological and social interactions, entrepreneurship and work.
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