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Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

Associate Professor, Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies

Bio

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil teaches social policy usually through the lenses of inequality, social polarization, and ageing in developing societies. His research has appeared in Cities, Business and Society, Journal of Social Quality, Critical Discourse Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Vishnu is a member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network .

Research Areas

Topic A: The Privatization of Public Policy and Governance
Research Area: Urban Policy

Description: The role of private consultants and corporate philanthropies in policy agenda setting and governance has increased significantly in recent times. Such an outsourcing of government’s responsibilities poses a challenge to democracy as unelected groups, often representing the interests of the elite, dominate policy making processes. This research project will take a critical look at the mechanisms through which consultancies navigate themselves into the corridors of urban policy making in India. PhD candidates with an interest in studying the state and a background in related fields like policy studies, social work, urban planning, development studies [this is not a complete list] are encouraged to apply. A background in working for any of the large consultancies or government organizations that have engaged with consultancies is an advantage. The research proposals must demonstrate an understanding of the references below.

References
Joy, M., & Vogel, R. K. (2022). A Future Research Agenda for Transformational Urban Policy Studies. Policy & Politics, 50(3), 384-402.
Vogelpohl, A. (2019). Global Expertise, Local Convincing Power: Management Consultants and Preserving the Entrepreneurial City. Urban Studies, 56(1), 97-114.
Giridharadas, A. (2019). Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Vintage.


Topic B: Age-Friendly Cities
Research Area: Urban Policy

Description: The twin processes of urbanization and demographic ageing has led to the ageing of cities – the proportion of older persons is projected to constitute one-fourth of urban residents in developing countries. Design of cities of the future cannot ignore this transformation. In India, negotiating urban spaces with age-related frailties is rendered fraught due to durable inequalities reinforced due to caste, religion, gender, and political affiliations. The project seeks to answer a empirical -normative question – what urban planning principles and policy practice can ensure that interests of older persons in cities of future? The WHO’s normative framework ‘age-friendly cities and communities’ (AFCC) and its critiques provide the policy dimension of the project.

This is an interdisciplinary project that brings together three streams of scholarship – urban policy, ageing studies, and technology – to influence social policy. The finding should inform the policy makers to help convert the cities to be age-friendly and more inclusive. PhD candidates with an interest in studying the state and a background in related fields like policy studies, social work, urban planning, development studies [this not an complete list] are encouraged to apply. The research proposals must demonstrate an understanding of the references below.

References
Greenfield, E. A., & Buffel, T. (2022). Age-friendly Cities and Communities: Research to Strengthen Policy and Practice. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(2), 161-174.
Doheny, S., & Jones, I. R. (2021). What’s so Critical About It? An Analysis of Critique within Different Strands of Critical Gerontology. Ageing & Society, 41(10), 2314-2334.
Peine, A., Marshall, B. L., Martin, W., & Neven, L. (2021). Socio-gerontechnology: Key Themes, Future Agendas. In Socio-gerontechnology (pp. 1-23). Routledge.
Van Maanen, J. (2011). Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. University of Chicago Press.


Topic C: Backsliding Civil Liberties and Democratic Polcymaking
Research Area: Social Policy

For some years, scholars and agencies such a V-Dem, Freedom House, are raising concerns that democracy as we know it is in peril. By definition, liberal democracy requires civil liberties. These include the free and fair elections, universal franchise, and enlightened citizenry, free press, protection of human rights, and a commitment to equality. Policymaking will no longer proceed as expected as intended if any of these necessary conditions are absent. But did civil liberties ever receive complete endorsement of the state?

This research project is intended to trace the history of civil liberties in India with a specific focus on organizational history of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL). The organization emerged in response to the Emergency in the mid-1970s and since then has been at the forefront of defense of civil liberties in India.

PhD applicants with an inclination for historical research and collecting oral histories with a background in areas like political science, journalism, etc. are encouraged to apply. The research proposals must demonstrate an understanding of the references below.

References
Guha, R. (2017). India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. Pan Macmillan.
Haggard, S., & Kaufman, R. (2021). The Anatomy of Democratic Backsliding. Journal of Democracy, 32(4), 27-41.
Van Maanen, J. (2011). Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. University of Chicago Press.

Academic Background

PhD Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University. The Netherlands. (2011)

MA in Public Policy and Management (Development Studies) Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (2005)

Publications

  • Poruthiyil, P.V. (2024). Urban Capabilities and Older Persons: The Limits of Markets and Reason. Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Conference, Kolkata, September 22-24, 2024.

  • Kumar, A & Poruthiyil, P.V (2024), Elites’ technomanagerial fantasies, and ameliorating its excesses: Philanthropy and the corporatization of urban governance in India’, Royal Geographical Society-IBG Annual International Conference, August 27-30, 2024.

  • Gasper, D. & Poruthiyil, P. V. (2024). Ethics in Development. in Häyry. M & Takala, Tuija-M H Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics in the Social Sciences, Edward Elgar, p 62-68.

  • Poruthiyil P.V., & A. Sangamnerkar (2023), Philanthropy in a Backsliding Democracy: An Evaluation of Indian Corporate Giving. At the Conference – Pathologies of Philanthropic Power: Transdisciplinary Perspectives and Emergent Issues, King’s College London, 28 & 29 June 2023.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V., & Purandare, U. (2023). Reorienting vitality for ageing cities. Cities, 137, 104268.

  • Poruthiyil. P. V. (2022). Democratic Socialism: A Challenge to Sectarian Plutocracy, In Varman, R. & Vijay, D. (eds). Organizing Resistance and Imagining Alternatives in India, Cambridge, In press.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2021). A Dangerous Speech that Triggered Lynchings in India (2013-2018), Dangerous Speech Project–Global Research Initiative, https://dangerousspeech.org/introducing-the-2019-2020-global-research-initiative-fellows/

  • Narayanan, N. C., & Poruthiyil, P. V. (2021). India, Kerala and Covid-19. In Pieterse et al (eds), Covid-19 and Governance. Routledge. p. 50-60.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2021). Big Business and Fascism: A Dangerous Collusion, Journal of Business Ethics, 168, p. 121-135

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2021). Crouching Standards, Hidden Morals: A Choreographed National Rebuttal of Cosmopolitan Designs. Journal of Business Anthropology, 10(1), 86-116.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2020). Religious Ethics: An Antidote for Religious Nationalism. Business & Society, 59(5), p.1035-1061.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2020. Semantic Dilution of Inequality: A Smoke-screen for Philanthrocapitalism. Critical Discourse Studies, p. 1-19

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2018), Singing with Dignity: Adding Social Quality to Organization Studies on Ageing. International Journal of Social Quality 8 (1), p. 69–87

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2013), Weaning Business Ethics from Strategic Economism: The Development Ethics Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 116(4), p. 735-749.

  • Poruthiyil, P. V. (2012), Using Religious Epics for Enhancing Morality: A Case for Reflective Judgments. Economic and Political Weekly, 45, p. 73-79.

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli