Research - Prospective Doctoral Students



If you are applying to the PhD program at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of IIT Tirupati and are interested in working with me, please email me first (with your resume) to discuss your research interests with me. Exact requirements for admissions to the PhD program at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Tirupati will be published on the institute website or on the webpage for the PhD program. Feel free to go through the institute webpage on doctoral scholars in the HSS department and all the other departments. Feel free to contact other research scholars in the institute with your queries. Feel free to familiarize yourself with the PhD Ordinance.

I encourage inquiries from prospective doctoral students interested in conducting research on topics including (but not limited to) human-environmental interactions, community-governed resources, coupled social-hydrological systems, coupled social-technical systems, coupled social-ecological systems, social dimensions of climate change, theories of public policy, public administration, public service, public management, bureaucratic behavior, leadership, innovation, hybrid organizations, sustainable governance of resources and organizations, etc. - in sectors including (but not limited to): water, land, forest and food.
My primary expertise is in analyzing collective action and the role of local communities in the sustainable governance of resources and organizations. Most of my current research projects use the following tools and approaches: vulnerability, adaptive capacity, security, sustainable livelihoods approach, institutional analysis, mental-models, capabilities, routines & other non-rational decision-making approaches including learning.
Students interested in working with me are welcome to apply a wide variety of research tools including (but not limited to) - Qualitative (surveys, interviews, FGDs, scenarios), Quantitative (regression, QCA, mental model analysis), GIS and spatial statistics, Machine learning and big data analysis, agent-based modeling, RCTs, etc. For some of these research methodologies such as GIS and spatial statistics, Machine learning and big data analysis, agent-based modeling, RCTs, etc. we will work collaboratively with colleagues from IITT or other research institutions from other parts of the world. Students will be encouraged to specialize in multiple methods.

Students interested in working with me may conduct research on Indian (urban/rural) sites including (but not limited to) the states of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh or in cities/towns including (but not limited to) Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Tirupati (& other small towns of Andhra Pradesh) and Siliguri (& other small towns of West Bengal).

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