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Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)

The Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) is affiliated to SHSS at Shiv Nadar University. The Centre has undertaken research on an initial set of deeply inter-connected core themes concerning some of India’s most important but neglected public goods, critically significant for the lives and livelihoods of millions, as also for the very future of India’s much-coveted growth process: land, water, agriculture and health.

Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C- PACT) was established under the aegis of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS), Shiv Nadar University to pursue inter-disciplinary research on social policies. The Center belives that it is important to examine social reality from diverse perspectives so that the outcomes of such exercises are accessible across academic specialties and to the members of the general public.

C-PACT’s research on social policy aims to meet the highest academic standards such that they contribute to scholarship as well as to actual policy formulations on the ground. By converting research into viable solutions C-PACT aims to address the pressing problems of the day without being partisan or biased towards any political or academic persuasion. In the ultimate analysis, scholars and fellows of C-PACT hope to advance citizenship in practice through their research activities.

To know more about the Center and its activities, please contact:

Dr. Ajay Dandekar -

Head, Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)

A study of community–based resource management of water in the Uttarakhand Himalayas: A network-theoretic perspective (funded by IDRC)

The project aims to obtain a scientific understanding of the CBNRM as applied to sustainable and resilient management of water resources in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, where sustainable water management is currently a social-ecological challenge. A field trip to Tehri Garwal district was conducted in May 2019.

Researchers: Dr Moumita Karmakar (WSP, C-PACT, SHSS) and Dr Sudeepto Bhattacharya (Department of Mathematics, SoNS)

Democracy, Ecology and Political Economy

Prof. Rangarajan, who teaches history and environmental studies at Ashoka University, spoke about the necessity of reimagining political economy in ways that deepen both democracy and genuine concern for ecology, and identified the means for doing so. Amongst themes covered in his talk were 'ecological patriotism' and the notion that peace with nature is key to peace amongst people. The lecture was pertinent given the current tension between imperatives of economic growth and preservation of ecosystems and democratic consolidation within India as well as globally.