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RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

  • Land Dispossession for a Golf Course in Tiracol, Goa: (Co-PI with Prof. Alito Siqueira, Prof. Peter R. deSouza) funded by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. initiated in October 2015
  • The Politics of India’s SEZs, Jan 2010 – Feb 2011: A research project funded by the Ford Foundation sought to understand the implementation of India's SEZ Policy across various states. I contributed to the study by researching the SEZ experience in the state of Goa.
  • External Expert in an ongoing research project called: The Language of the Becoming City initiated by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. The project reflects on urban transformations across four urban spaces: Södertälje, Sweden; Goa, India; Cape Town, South Africa and Rio, Brazil. As part of this project field visits and workshops have been concluded three of the sites: Södertälje, Sweden from May - June 2014; Goa, India in December 2015; Cape Town, South Africa from May to June 2016 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from May - June 2017.
  • State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA), May 2004 – Aug 2005: I worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Developing Studies (CSDS) - Lokniti, Delhi where I was involved with the SDSA project which sought to map the experience of democracy in five South Asian countries - Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - by using a Cross-national Survey, Case Studies, Qualitative Assessment of democratic institutions and Dialogues. I worked particularly on the Dialogues component which sought to recover experiences and perspectives of democracy from a range of democracy ‘activists’.
  • National Election Survey 2004, April – May 2004: Assisted in the capacity of State Supervisor (Goa chapter) of this nationwide post-poll survey known as the National Election Study 2004 (NES 2004) conducted by CSDS-Lokniti on the 14th Indian Parliamentary Elections.

 

CONSULTANCY

 

  • (With Dr. Rayson Alex) Analysis of Stakeholders in Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary,Chorao, Goa, for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Aug 2014-Jan 2015.
  • Constitutional and other Legal Provisions that Enable Political Parties to Revoke the Parliamentary Mandate: A study of Twenty-Nine Countries from the Asia-Pacific Region, 2009: This study commissioned by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva sought to compile a listing of the various legal provisions, in a set of 29 countries, through which political parties can control parliamentarians. A report of the study was submitted to IPU in June, 2009.
  • Lokniti website: When working at CSDS-Lokniti I also designed and managed the Lokniti website: www.lokniti.org which houses the CSDS Election Datasets a.k.a. the National Election Studies (NES). 
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Theoretical

·Political Theory: Examining and analysing political concepts in terms of their purchase to understand social processes. The relationship between politics and the economy.
·Understanding development: Exploring the various meanings of development and their outcomes on the ground.

Issues

·Development and people: understanding the linkages between economic development and human life and livelihoods.
·Development, land and people: Understanding the economic transformation of land-use and the ‘meanings’ people’s associate with land.

Regions

·India: Inquiring into the nature of social, political and economic changes in India. Understanding influences, linkages and outcomes.
·Goa: Goa as a society which can be theorised about and also a place to theorise from.
 

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