Gautam Ganapathy

Research Areas

Water and Sanitation Governance, Sustainable Development and Decentralisation, Alternative Development, and Philosophy of Knowledge and Ethics

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Development
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India 2013 – 2020
Dissertation Title: Unpacking Reforms in Drinking Water: A Study of Public Water Utility Reforms in Kerala

Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical) 2007 – 2008
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) 2003 – 2007
Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India

Publications

  • Ganapathy, Gautam, and N. C. Narayanan. (2022) “Confronting the elephant in the room: Drinking water governance reforms and diminishing state capacity in Kerala.” Economic and Political Weekly, 57(42), 18-23.
  • Ganapathy, Gautam and Salil, C. S.. (2023) “Bureaucracy, Sustainable Development and Decentralization: Reflections on Jalasamrudhi, a Community-based Water Conservation Programme in Kerala” Research Unit on Local Self-Governments, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (Monograph – Forthcoming)
  • Narayanan, N. C., Prince, R. K., Ganapathy, G. (2023). Changing Role of the State in Rural Drinking Water Governance in India. ADCPS Working Paper Series (No WPS/2023/001). https://www.cps.iitb.ac.in/research/wps/2023/001
  • Ganapathy, Gautam, and N. C. Narayanan. (2019). Colonial modernity shaping the pipe dream: a historical account of advent of the modern water supply system in Trivandrum. Water History, 11(3), 107-124.
  • Narayanan, N. C., Ganapathy, G., Joseph, Rohit., Cathareen, N., Viswan, D., Geethu, M. G. (2023). Introducing Circularity in Decentralized Solid Waste Management: Lessons for Scaling-Up Technology Options from Alappuzha. Working Paper (Forthcoming). Research Output of Project titled ‘Challenges of Municipal Solid Waste Management: Learning from Post-Crisis Governance Initiatives in South Asia’, a collaborative effort between Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Swiss National Science Foundation.

    Conference Publications:

  • Presented paper titled ‘Beyond NIMBY? What explains public opposition to siting of sanitation infrastructure in Kerala?’ in conference titled Deepening Local Governance for Sustainable Management of Solid and Liquid Waste in Small Towns in India organised by Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. (May 2022)
  • Presented paper titled ‘Colonial Modernity Shaping the Pipe Dream: Introduction of piped water supply in Trivandrum, 1882 – 1945’ in international conference titled Engineers and society in India (1850 to present times), organized by École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris. (March 2017)
  • Presented paper titled ‘Envisioning an alternate imagination of wastewater management for small cities in India’ in School of South Asian Studies, University of Berkeley, USA. The workshop was part of the Obama Singh Initiative. (Oct 2016)
  • Positions Held

    Research Fellow Sep 2022 – Present
    Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

    Project Manager April 2022 – July 2022
    Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

    Decentralised Development and Governance Expert Nov 2020 – Mar 2022
    Research Unit on Local Self Governments, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum

    Graduate Teaching Assistant Jul 2013 – Aug 2020
    Policy and Governance, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

    Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering May 2012-Jun 2013
    Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India

    Dinesh Chand

    Research Areas

    Labour, livelihood and Platform Economy; Migration, Marginality and Development, Sustainable Development Practices and Social Justice

    Academic Background

  • PhD (2017-2020) in Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai
  • M.A (2009-2011) in Social Work (Dalit and Tribal Social Work), TISS, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • B.Sc (2003-006). Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    Other Courses

  • Online Certificate (6 Months, Sept 2020 to Feb 2021) Program on Global Compact for Migration, conducted by Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM), Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT)
  • Online Certificate (6 Months, September 2021 to Feb 2022) Program on Migration Governance and Diaspora Engagement, conducted by GRFDT, i-Diaspora, ADEPT and CISAN
  • Short certificate (4 days, 07-10 February 2021) program title, “International Migration from India and Indian Diaspora” organised by Centre for Development Practice and Research, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna
  • Publications

    Published

  • Chand, Dinesh and Banerjee, Swati (2019). Exploring the Intersections of Gender, Caste and Space in the Lifeworld of Musahar Women in Uttar Pradesh, South Asian Journal of Participative Development, Vol-19 (1), 7-27, (Jan-June- 2019)
  • Chand, Dinesh and Banerjee, Swati (2019). Migration and Livings: A Livelihood strategy of Musahar Community of Uttar Pradesh, Journal of Social Work Education, Research and Action (SWERA), Vol-5(1), 33-50, (Jan-April) 2019
  • Chand, D. (2020) Migrant worker’s Livelihood and Marginality: State and Non-state Actor’s response to Pandemic Situation of COVID-19 in India, Migration and Diasporas: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(3), 72-102
  • Chand, D. (2022). Livelihood Struggle for Sustainability and Dignity in Context of Caste (Case of Musahar Youth in Rural Uttar Pradesh in India). Journal of Asian and African Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096221098691
  • Chand, Dinesh- Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Freedom of Mind Project: A Theoretical Retrospection from Navayana Perspective, Vol-72, No-3, July-September 2022

    Accepted Book Chapter

  • Shaban, Abdul, Banerjee, Swati and Chand, Dinesh- Exploring the Interface of Societal Inequities and Grassroots Solidarities as Drivers and Spaces of Social Innovation in South Asia
  • Positions Held

  • Research Fellow, Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai from January 2023 to onward.
  • Post-Doc Research Associate/ Post Doc Fellow
    o Project- Organizational Perspective on Accountability and Learning: Cases Highlighting of Innovative Practices (OPAL-CHIP)’, TISS, Mumbai (January 2021- September 2022)
    o Project- UNICEF-TISS Maharashtra Library Status Study (September. 2022 to December 2022)

  • Research Associate, Project-’Organizational Perspective on Accountability and Learning (OPAL)’, TISS, Mumbai (July, 2020-August, 2020)
  • Investigator, Project-’Organizational Perspective on Accountability and Learning (OPAL)’, TISS, Mumbai (June, 2019-October, 2019)
  • Senior Programme Officer, Prime Minister Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF) Scheme, TISS, Mumbai (Jan, 2016-December 2017)
  • Project Officer, Agastya International Foundation, Mumbai (Oct, 2015-January, 2016)
  • Programme Officer, Transforming M (East)-Ward Project, TISS, Mumbai (August 2014- June 2015)
  • Research Officer, Project title- ‘People, Places & Infrastructures: Countering Urban Violence and Promoting Justice in Mumbai, Rio and Durban’ (Jan, 2014 to July 2014)
  • Supreme Court Commissioner’s /Action Research Fellow, ActionAid India and Samajik Shodh Evam Vikar Kendra (SSEVK), Champaran, Bihar, on titled, “Action Research Pilot for People Centered Planning and Advocacy: (June, 2013- Dec 2013)
  • Programme Officer, Transforming M (East)-Ward Project, TISS, Mumbai (May 2011- May 2013)
  • Sponsorship Coordinator, Actionaid India (LRO), Kushinagar, (September 2007-May 2009)
  • Urvashi Aneja

    Research Areas

    Artificial Intelligence; Platform Governance; Digital Rights

    Academic Background

    DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (DPHIL), DEPT. OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS,

    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UK-2009-2015

    Title: Contesting Humanitarian Space in Political Emergencies
    Awards: Trinity College Academic Scholarship & Cyril Foster Research Grant

    MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPHIL), DEPT. OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORID, UK-2007-2009
    Awards: Trinity College Academic Scholarship

    BA (HONS.) LITERATURE & PHILOSOPHY, UTRECHT UNIVERSITY, THE NETHERLANDS – 2002-2005

    Publications

    ‘Co-designing Digital Interventions and Technology Interventions’, World Economic Forum, 2021 (with Mark Latonero)

    Courses Taught

    International Relations Theory, Development Cooperation, Humanitarian Politics, and Digital Transformations.

    International Relations Theory and Research Methods

    Political Theory and International History. Member of undergraduate admissions committee

    Positions Held

    Founding Director, Digital Futures Lab- 2021

    FOUNDING DIRECTOR, TANDEM RESEARCH – 2017- 2021
    Tandem Research is a leading voice on technology policy in India. We are a team of 12 researchers from around the country. Our work has been cited in leading media publications in India and globally. We have worked with numerous global and national partners, including Niti Aryog, United Nations, World Bank and the Omidyar Network.

    ASSOCIATE FELLOW, CHATHAM HOUSE, UK – 2018 – PRESENT

    Associate Fellow with the Asia Pacific Program, covering technology and society issues in India

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, OP JINDAL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY – 2013-2016

    Lead the Centre for Global Governance and Policy.

    RESEARCH FELLOW, OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION – 2015-2016

    Lead research on digital policy and development cooperation in India.

    LECTURER, ST HILDA’S COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD -2009-2011

    Dhrubo Jyoti

    Research Areas

    Academic Background

    Postgraduate diploma in Journalism Asian College of Journalism, Chennai A grade 2012-13

    MSc. Astrophysics, JC Bose Institute, Kolkata, Gold Medal, 2010-12

    BSc (Physics Hons), St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, 2007-10

    Publications

    JOURNAL/BOOK
    • Jyoti, Dhrubo and Poonam, Snigdha, 2019. Why dalits voted for the BJP, Seminar Magazine
    • Jyoti, Dhrubo and Subramanian, Vidya, 2020. Notes from a Newsroom, Exploring Digital Humanities in India, Routledge.
    • Jyoti, Dhrubo, 2018. Eleven Ways to Love, Penguin.

    SELECT NEWS REPORTS
    Written more than 300 articles on elections, politics, national events and communal violence. Majority of articles
    written for Hindustan Times. Also, for The Print, DNA and Time Magazine.

    • On the Covid-19 pandemic and migrant crisis: Lessons from the migrant crisis, 2021
    • On Uttar Pradesh’s love jihad laws: Love or Jihad, 2020
    • Ground report from cyclone-hit Bengal: Amphan, 2020
    • Ground report on anti-CAA protests and state violence: Violence roils west UP, 2019
    • Report on anti-Dalit honour killing: Killed at the altar of love, 2019
    • Report on the NRC process in Assam: Caught in the red tape, 2019
    • Report on the first week in Kashmir after Art 370 scrapped: A festival with no festivity, 2019
    • Report on new forms of caste-based violence: Won’t back off: New turn to India’s caste conflicts, 2018
    • Ground report from Bhima Koregaon as violence broke out: New battles of Bhima Koregaon, 2018

    Positions Held

    Hindustan Times , Delhi May 2013 – continuing

    Assistant Editor
    • National Affairs Writer focusing on experiences of caste, discrimination and sexuality
    • Head of election coverage and planning at Hindustan Times.
    • Part of senior leadership team managing daily news flows and big stories of the day