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

Courses Taught

HSS F 322 : Social and Political Ecology

Objective of the Course: Social and Political ecology examines the politics of the environment and the social responses to the politics. The course would provide students awareness of contemporary debates on the issue of environment through case studies, movements and policies. This would enable students to have a broader understanding of issues related to policies and governance of natural resources.

GS F212: Environment, Development and Climate Change

Scope and Objective of the Course: This course focuses on the concepts of environment, development, and climate change in the contemporary world. This course focuses on the nature and causes of environmental problems in developing countries. Attention is given to both the causes and solutions of environmental problems and the role of state and non-state actors interacting at local, national and global scales. The objective of the course is to make the students aware of the debates and issues relating to environment, development and climate change. The goal of this course is for the learners to appreciate the people-environment relations and to understand the anthropocentric dynamics of development and climate change.

GS F333:  Public Administration

Scopes and Objective of the Course: Public administration is a government’s functional arm that enables it to discharge growing responsibilities within an organized framework of well-established procedures. The quality of public administration determines the efficiency with which a government is able to reach out to fulfill the needs of its people and carry forward its objectives into practice. Think about how public administration plays an important role in your life as an Indian citizen? Public administration represents a great creative force, which if used in the right way at the right time, can transform and enhance the social, cultural and economic life of a nation……..

HSS F362: Local Governance and Participation

Scope and Objective of the Course: Strengthening local governments is one of the most important governance challenges in India today. A strong and empowered local government can bring together inclusive growth with inclusive governance. The course will introduce students to key concepts and ideas of decentralization with a focus on the constitutional framework for the same in the Indian context. This will include understanding the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments; the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA); the idea and impact of reservations for women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other marginalized communities. State wise and sectoral case studies will be used to further engage and explain the idea of local governance and participation.

GS F211: Modern Political Concepts

Scope and Objective of the Course: Students will gain a working understanding of the concepts of State, Rights, Democracy, Modern political ideologies, Contemporary political issues. The main purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the language of politics. Here, language is understood as the vocabulary and rhetoric of politics. As languages change over time, it is pertinent to understand the historical context(s) from within which the language(s) of politics emerged as well as those in which these continue to evolve.

HSS F249: Politics in India

Scope and Objective of the Course: India is a diverse country and has sustained a thriving democracy for decades. In its functioning, the Indian democracy deals with various complex issues juxtaposed against each other. The country is defined by great cultural diversity on the one hand and, on the other, the presence of deep social and economic inequality. Some state institutions that deal with these complexities have flourished and strengthened our democracy, while others have not. There is a constant negotiation of political space, ideologies, and identities by the state, political parties, and civil society. A constant challenge faced by the Indian democracy is its capacity to redistribute wealth and alleviate poverty. This Politics in India course will address these issues and help students understand the complexity that defines Indian politics.

UGC Massive online course
I have developed all content for three modules on forest commons, the concept of sustainability and sustainable development for the MA course on Environmental Sociology. The lectures for these modules can be found at the following links:
• Sustainable development:
• Forest commons:
• Concept of sustainability: