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


Book Published
Nadkarni, M. V., Sivanna, N., & Suresh, Lavanya., (2018). Decentralised Democracy: Gandhi’s Vision and Indian Reality. New York: Routledge. (SCOPUS Indexed). Link.

Suresh, L., & Suchitra, M. (2021). Suicidal resistance: Understanding the opposition against the Western Ghats conservation in Karunapuram, Idukki, Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram: Centre for Development Studies. Link (ISBN 978-81-948195-5-4/ Creative Commons)

Research Articles

Khare, Kopal., & Suresh, Lavanya. (2024). Women and Invisible Boundaries: A Case of Slippage in Sanitation in Two Gram Panchayats, Shravasti, UP, India. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 1-24. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Bhushan, R., Hooda, S., Vidhani, H., Gupta, M., Suresh, L., & Clune, T. (2024). Supervised Model for Peri-Urban Area Demarcation in Hyderabad, India. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 21. DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2024.3359632. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya. (2023). The politics of conflict and conservation in the state of Kerala, India. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Prasad, Mousami.,& Suresh, Lavanya. (2023). Another side of industrial growth in India: Environmental damage from industrial accidents. Safety Science,164. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Khare, Kopal., & Suresh, Lavanya. (2023). Justice and sanitation governance: an enquiry into the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Rural programme in UP, India. Water Policy. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Sankar, Vinay and Suresh, Lavanya., (2023). The Political Ecology of Small Freshwater Bodies in Kerala, India. World Water Policy, 9(1): 45-66. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Khare, Kopal and Suresh, Lavanya., (2021). Justice and sanitation well-being: an analysis of frameworks in the context of slippage, based on findings from Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India. Journal of Water and Health, 19 (5): 823–835. DOI: (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2021). Understanding the Relationship between Sustainability and Ecofeminism in an Indian Context. Journal of Developing Societies, 37(1), 116-135. DOI: (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2017). Decentralised and Effective Forest Resource Governance in India. South Asia Research, 37(1), 78-92. DOI: Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2015). Situating social science in the philosophical debate on research methodology with a focus on Public Administration. Indian Journal Of Public Administration, LXI(1), 169-176. (UGC Care Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2014). The Political Economy of Decentralisation and Forest Resource Management (FRM): A Study of the Effectiveness of Decentralised FRM Institutions. Man & Development, XXXVI (3), 1-22 (UGC Care Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2014). Governing the Resource: A Study of the Institutions of Decentralized Forest Resource Management. Studies in Indian Politics, 2(1), 21-41. DOI: (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2013). A Fixed Tenure System: Long Journey of Bureaucratic Reforms. Economic & Political Weekly. Vol.48 (48): 16-18 (SCOPUS Indexed)

Chapters in books
Suresh. L (2019). The Broad-Basing process in India and women in M.V. Nadkarni( ed.) Socio- Economic Change and the Broad-Basing Process in India (pp. 93-106). London: Routledge.

Suresh, Lavanya., (2016). Understanding Nestedness in Democratic Decentralisation through the Lens of Forest Resource Governance in Tamil Nadu . In by E. Venkatesu (Ed.), Democratic Decentralization in India Experiences, Issues and Challenges (pp. 174-187). New York: Routledge.

Review Articles
Suresh, Lavanya. (2020). ‘Building Inclusive Frameworks: Review of Sharachchandra Lele, et al eds. 2018. Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability, and Diversity, Cambridge: MIT Press’. Ecology, Economy and Society 3(2), 191-196. (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya. (2017). Book Review of ‘The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh’. Environmental Politics, 26(6),1158-1160. (Taylor & Francis) (SCOPUS Indexed)

Suresh, Lavanya., (2014). Books at a Glance. (Review of the book Environment and Tribes in India: Resource Conflicts and Adaptations. Vineetha Menon (ed)). Journal of Social and Economic Development,16(1), 386-387

Edited a module titled ‘Urban Commons, Ecologies and Environmentalism’ in the textbook for the paper titled ‘Sociology of Urban Transformations’ (2016 version) published by E-Pathshala Textbooks (MHRD, Government of India) for the subject of Sociology. 

Conference Proceedings
Suresh, Lavanya. (2018). Perspectives on Gender Equality in the Context of Environment Sustainability. Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies and Commitments (pp. 317-326). New Delhi: Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE).

Suresh, Lavanya. (2018). Bovine Nationalism: The Story of Patronage and Populism in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. ERPI 2018 International Conference Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World, Vol , I , B 1-E 7