Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Lavanya is currently an Associate Professor at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus. She has worked at BITS from 2017 onwards. After her PhD in Political Science (from ISEC Bangalore), she was an Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad. She was also awarded the visiting research scholar fellowship under the Graduate Development Program of the Watson Institute of International Studies’ at Brown University, USA. Her work focuses on the political ecology of commons in India, with a broader interest in decentralisation and public administration. Besides publications in leading social science journals, she has co-authored a book on “Decentralised Democracy: Gandhi’s Vision and Indian Reality.” She is PI and Co-PI in a number of funded projects and has completed 4 projects successfully. Two of her PhD Scholars have been awarded degrees and she is currently working with five PhD scholars. Their work revolves around different aspects of political ecology.
Positions held in Professional Bodies
Administrative Position held at present in BITS