Prof. Lavanya Suresh

Associate Professor
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Public Administration, Political ecology, Decentralization
Cabin no. K108
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India

Recent Papers presented at Conferences

  • Presented a paper on commons governance at the second workshop on Convening of Knowledge Partners on the Study of Commons in India organized by Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in Goa on 6th and 7th April, 2024.

  • Presented a poster titled “Sustainability and Climate Justice for the Global South at the Twelfth INSEE Biennial Conference on SDGs and Climate Change: Understanding the Imperatives and Intersections organised at BML Munjal University from 31 January to 02 February 2024

  • Presented in a workshop on Convening of Knowledge Partners on the Study of Commons in India organised by Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in Bengaluru on 12th and 13th January, 2024

  • Presented two papers titled “A polycentric framework to understand small-scale irrigation in Andhra Pradesh, India” and “Understanding the Relationship Between Sustainability and Ecofeminism in an Indian Context” at the IASC 2023 - XIX Biennial IASC Conference on 'The Commons We Want: Between Historical Legacies and Future Collective Actions' held at Nairobi, Kenya from 19 Jun 2023 to 24 Jun 2023.


  • Presented a paper titled “A Polycentric Understanding of the Relationship between S&T CSOs and the State” at the National Workshop on Making of an S&T-Enabled Rural India: State-Civil Society Shared Engagements, 1980-2010 ,co-organisers by Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad and Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Delhi NCR Supported by Ford Foundation, New Delhi, Hosted at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru on May 27-28, 2023.


  • Presented a paper titled “Framing Relationships: State and Actors in the Civic Space” at the National Workshop on Civil Society, State and Science: Transformative Initiatives in/for Rural India, 1980s-2010s held at the India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi on 22nd and 23rd Jan 2023


  • Presented a paper titles, “Climate justice and India’s sustainable future” at the international conference on “Justice in the transition away from coal: Planning for a decarbonised India” in IIIT Hyderabad from 11th to 12th Jan 2023


  • Presented a paper titled, “India’s Sustainable Future: Critical Questions and Challenges” at the BITS Pilani-Hiroshima University Workshop on Sustainable Life and Sustainable Planet on 2nd Nov, 2022


  • Presented a paper titled “Understanding Polycentricity and Intersectionality in small scale irrigation systems in water-stressed regions of India” at the Ostrom Workshop Research Series organised by Ostrom workshop, Indiana University, USA on 21stSept, 2022.


  • Presented a paper with Mousami Prasad (Australian National University), titled “Industrial accidents and environmental degradation: Exploring the Linkages and Responses in India” at the INSEE-IIITD International Conference 2021 from December 15-17, 2021.


  • Presented a paper titled “Who Wants to Conserve the Western Ghats? The Politics of Conflict and Conservation in Idukki district, Kerala” at the 7th International Degrowth and 16th ISEE Joint Conference on Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis hosted by The University of Manchester from 5th of 8th July, 2021


  • Presented a paper titled “Environmental Justice and Ecological Alternatives” at the 26th International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress of Political Science held virtually from 10th to 15th July 2021.


  • Presented a paper titled “A Search for Ecological Alternatives: A Case Study of the Politics of Water and Scarcity in Andhra Pradesh, India” at the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) 2021 Water Commons Virtual Conference hosted by Arizona State University, USA from May 19 to May 21st, 2021


  • Co-presented a paper titled “When I Looked, There She Stood” with Ms. Anwesha Mohanty at the Rural Women’s Studies (RWSA) Triennial Conference hosted by University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada from May 11-15, 2021


  • Presented a paper titled “Social Resilience: The Role of Local Institutions in Addressing Vulnerability in Times of Crisis in the Context of the COVID Pandemic” at the International Webinar on Rethinking the Role of Local Governments in a Post Covid-19 World organized by the Centre for Gandhian Studies, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, Kerala (India) & Centre for Rural Management (CRM), Kottayam, Kerala (India) from December 10th to 14th, 2020.


  • Presented a paper titled “A Search for Ecological Alternatives: A Case Study of the Politics of Water and Scarcity in Andhra Pradesh, India” at the conference on Collective Action in The 21st Century: Reimagining The Public And The State organized by the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University from 21st to 23rd October 2020.


  • Presented a paper titled “The Search for Alternative Irrigation Practices and the Politics of Water and Scarcity” at the third biennial conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) organized by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK from 22nd to 25th Sept, 2020.


  • Participated in the workshop on “Workshop on Speculative Futurism” organized on zoom by Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Earth Science at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, USA on 3rd August, 2020


  • Participated in the ‘De-growth Vienna 2020: Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation’ from May 29th to June 1st2020, hosted by Institute for Social Ecology (SEC), Vienna


  • Was an invited Panelist on the theme "The Environment & the Indian Constitution" at NALSAR, Hyderabad on 4th March, 2020 and presented a paper on “Environmental Justice: A Political Ecology Perspective” for the NALSAR Lecture Series on Constitutionalism


  • Presented a paper titled ‘Who Wants to Conserve the Western Ghats? A Study of Resistance to Conservation and its Undercurrents in Karunapuram panchayat, within the Cardamom Hill Reserve in Idukki district’ at the Research Unit on Local Self-Government Seminar at The Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 25th November 2019.


  • Presented a paper titled ‘Alternative ways of understanding ecological conservation practices to enable environmental justice for allat the INSEE-CESS International Conference on Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) held from 6-8 November 2019 at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad


  • Presented a paper titled ‘A Policy Review of Environmental Governance in India’ at ‘Unpacking the Complexity of Regulatory Governance in a Globalising World: An International Conference’ held at the Chinese University of Hong Kongon 4-6 July 2019.


  • Presented a paper titled ‘Paper Forests in the City of Hyderabad, India’ at the conference on Entangled Natures: A Conference on Human Ecology from 14th to 17th February 2019 at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD).


  • Presented a paper titled ‘Rural social movements and emancipatory possibilities in India’ at the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) South Asia Collective Workshop on 12 and 13 January, 2019, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.


  • Presented a paper titled “The Political Economy of Decentralisation and Forest Resource Management (FRM): A Study of the Effectiveness of Decentralised FRM Institutions” at the Asia Region Biennial International Association Study of the Commons Conference on “Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia”, on 13-16, July, 2018, AIT, Thailand.


  • Presented a paper titled “Ecological Romanticism and Farmer’s Protest in Tamil Nadu, India: The Bull and The River” at the international conference on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World, on 17-18 March, 2018. The conference was organized by Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, The Hague.


  • Presented a paper titled “Perspectives on Gender Equality in the Context of Environmental Sustainability” at the Ninth Biennial Conference of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) (International) held at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur from the 8th to 10th of Nov, 2017


  • Presented a paper titled “Decentralised Democracy in India: Gandhi's Vision and Reality” at the National Seminar on Decentralization and Alternative Development: Exploring the Ideas of Gandhi & Kumarappa held at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore from 29th and 30th, November 2017.