Prof. Satyajit Singh

Designation: Professor, Department of Political Science

(since Jan 2009)

 

Summary

Working experience of more than twenty-five years in leading academic institutions and I have also worked in a professional capacity in The World Bank and in the United Nations Development Programme. Held position as Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Development Studies and Professor at the School of Human Ecology, at Ambedkar University, Delhi (August 2009 – August 2010). International academic positions include nomination as India Chair at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre for the Comparative Study in Culture, Development and the Environment (CDE), University of Sussex, UK; Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK; Asia Visiting Fellow, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila, Philippines.

Teaching interest is in the sub-fields of Public Policy & Administration, Indian Politics, Development Studies and Environmental Politics.

The focus of my research work has been on analytical and applied work on institutional reforms & governance, decentralization, environment and local politics.

On the practical side, worked in various capacity with multilateral and bilateral organisation such as The World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNCDF, The European Commission, DFID, Danida and the Dutch development assistance program as well as with the Government of Mongolia, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, as well as Government of India, and State Governments of Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Books published in University Press include The Local in Governance: Politics, Decentralization and Environment (OUP, 2016); (co-ed) Decentralization: Institutions and Politics in Rural India (OUP, 2007 & 2008); Taming the Waters: The Political Economy of Large Dams in India (OUP, 1997 & 2002); (co-ed) The Dam and the Nation: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley (OUP, 1997 & 2000). Also published in international journals including Asian Survey, Policy & Society, South Asia Journal, International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Social Science Probings and Economic and Political Weekly.

I have worked in partnership and have been invited to present papers with the World Bank, UNDP Regional Office, Bangkok; Institute of Development Studies, Sussex; AFRAS, University of Sussex; London School of Economics; Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of North Carolina; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; City University of Hong Kong; University of Hong Kong; Asia Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok; Mongolian University of Science & Technology, Ulaanbaatar; Ryukoku University, Japan and many institutions in India. I have also been associated with various NGOs and civil society groups working on social development.

Nationality: Indian

Occupation: Professor, Department of Political Science,

Faculty of Social Science, University of Delhi (since January 2009).

Tel/Fax: 011 2766 6670 Email: ssinghdu@gmail.com

EDUCATION

1. Post-doctoral research as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) & Leverhulme Fellow for Environment & Development at the Centre for the Comparative Study in Culture, Development and the Environment (CDE), University of Sussex, UK.

2. Department of Political Science, Delhi University: Ph.D., August 1994 (thesis: Political Economy of Large Dams)

3. Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex: M.Phil, Development Studies, August 1990. 2 yr program.

4. Department of Political Science, Delhi University: M.Phil, Political Science, September 1988, First Class.

5. Hindu College, Delhi University: M.A., Political Science, June 1987, First Class, Rank 4th. 2 yr program.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

1. India Chair at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan (November 2014-April 2015).

2. Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Development Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi (August 2009–August 2010).

3. Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi (since January, 2009 till date)

4. Reader & Associate Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi (February 2002–December 2008).

5. Asia Visiting Fellow, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Makati City, Manila, Philippines (November 2005–August 2006).

6. Rural Development Specialist, WSP-SA, The World Bank, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003 India (September 1999–February 2002).

7. Coordinator, United Nations (IAWG-WES), United Nations Development Programme, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India (April-September, 1999).

8. Leverhulme Fellow for Environment & Development, CDE, School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, U.K. – 3 years (1996-8).

9. Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RN, UK - 1 year (1995).

10. Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Hindu College, Delhi University, Delhi 110 007, India (December 1990–December 1994).

PUBLICATIONS

Books

1. Satyajit Singh, 2016, The Local in Governance: Politics, Decentralization and Environment, Oxford University Press, Delhi.

2. Satyajit Singh (co-ed), 2007, Decentralization: Institutions and Politics in Rural India, Oxford University Press, Delhi with UNDP (second edition 2008).

3. Satyajit Singh, 1997, Taming The Waters: The Political Economy of Large Dams in India, Oxford University Press, Delhi (paperback 2002).

4. Satyajit Singh (co-ed.), 1997, The Dam and the Nation: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley, Oxford University Press, Delhi (paperback 2000).

Monographs

1. Satyajit Singh & D. Basandorj, 2009, Improving Local Service Delivery for the Millennium Development Goals: Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Mongolia, UNICEF, UNDP & Government of Mongolia.

Refereed Articles

1. ‘Decentralization of Village Forest Councils in North India: Conflict Resolution, Recentralization and Politics’, Intercultural Studies, University of Ryukoku, Japan, Vol 20, 2016.

2. ‘Decentralizing Water Services in India: The Politics of Institutional Reforms’, Asian Survey, Vol 54, No 4, University of California Press, July- August, 2014.

3. ‘Diverse Property Rights, Institutions and Decentralisation: Forest Management by Village Councils in Uttarakhand’, Policy and Society, Vol 31, No 1, 2013, Elsiver, St Louis, USA.

4. ‘State, Planning & Politics of Irrigation Development: A Critique of Large Dams in India’, in Rajeev Bharghav and Achin Vanaik (eds), Politics in Contemporary India, Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2010.

5. ‘Environment & Justice: The Public Purpose of Water’, in Rajeev Bharghav, Michael Dusche & Helmut Reifeld (eds), Justice: Social, Political, Judicial, Sage, New Delhi, 2008.

6. ‘Decentralising Water: Reforming the Rural Water Sector in South Asia’, South Asian Journal, No 19, January-March, 2008, pp. 102-119.

7. ‘Reforming the Centralized State: Assessing Decentralization Paradigms in the Drinking Water Sector in the Philippines’, Policy and Society, Vol 26, No 2, December 2007, pp. 109-128, Elsiver, St Louis, USA.

8. ‘Introduction: Decentralisation - Institutions and Politics in India’ in Satyajit Singh & Pradeep Sharma (eds), 2007, Decentralization: Institutions and Politics in Rural India, Oxford University Press, Delhi.

9. ‘Water and Local Governments: Institutional Design, Politics & Implementation’, in Satyajit Singh & Pradeep Sharma (eds), 2007, Decentralization: Institutions and Politics in Rural India, Oxford University Press, Delhi.

10. ‘Decentralising South Asia’s Rural Water Sector’, in (ed), 2006, Imtiaz Alam, Managing South Asia’s Water, Free Media Foundation, Lahore.

11. 'Irrigation in India: Equity & Sustainability', in Michael Redclift & Graham Woodgate (eds.), 1997, The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham.

12. 'Introduction', in Jean Dreze, Meera Samson & Satyajit Singh (eds.), 1997, The Dam and the Nation: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley, Oxford University Press, Delhi.

13. 'Political Economy of Large Dams: Some Tentative Assertions', in M. Balakrishnan (ed.), 1993, Environmental Problems and Prospects in India, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi.

14. 'The Forest Policy in India and its Implications', Social Science Probings, Vol. 4, No. 3, Sept. 1987, New Delhi.

15. 'Collective Dilemmas and Collective Pursuits: Community Management of Van Panchayats (forest councils) in the UP Hills’, Wasteland News, Sept-Oct, 1999, SPWD, New Delhi.

16. 'Evaluating Large Dams', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXV, No. 11, March 17, 1990, Bombay.

17. 'From the Dam to the Ghettos - a case study of the Rihand', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XX, Nos. 39 - 40, 28th Sept. & 5th Oct. 1985, Bombay.

Advocacy Articles and Discussion Papers

‘Conflict Resolution, Sustainability & Recentralization: Redefining Decentralization of Village Forest Councils in North India’, RINDAS Discussion Paper, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, 2015.

‘Paradigms of Decentralization, Institutional Design & Poverty: Drinking Water in the Philippines’, Discussion Paper Series No 2006-19, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila.

‘Which People’s Democracy’, Hindustan Times, Editorial Page, January 8, 2007.

‘Representation to the World Commission on Large Dams: Changes in the Political Economy of Planning’, Ecologist Asia, Vol 6, pp. 42, 1998.

‘A Note on the Environment at Singrauli’, in Vikas ki Kimat (in Hindi: English translation: The Price of Progress), published by SETU – Centre for Socail Knowledge and Action, Ahmedabad, 1985.

‘Whithering Singrauli’, Scavenger, Vol 15, No 3, July 1985, Society for Clean Environment, Bombay. This was translated in Bengali and published in Vijnan o Vijnankarmi, Sept-Oct, 1985.

Wrote regularly for Nature (a magazine of the environmental group Kalpavriksha) and even edited it. Luonto Litho, a Swedish ecology group used and translated a few of my articles in Swedish for publication.

Participation in International Seminars

1. ‘Jograd for 'Nyaya' from Sarkariat: Everyday moral/ethical claims and politics of conservation in rural Garhwal’, in International Workshop on Law, Institutions and Political Philosophy, University of Delhi, Yale & Birmingham, August 21-22, 2015.
2. ICCR India Chair Public Lecture ‘A Political Perspective on Decentralization’ at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, 10 February, 2015.

3. ‘Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Myanmar’ at Government of Myanmar and UNDP Workshop on Meeting Challenges of DRR & CCA, 28-29 August, 2014, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

4. ‘Bringing together Knowledge, Innovation, and Capacity: Rethinking the Methodology and Tools’, 18-19 December, 2013, UNDP Workshop, Bangkok.

5. ‘Capacity Building Strategy for Environmental NGOs in Mongolia’, UNDP Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Dec 10, 2013.

6. ‘A Political Perspective on Decentralization’, International Political Science Association International Conference on ‘Rethinking Politics, Policy and Governance in Federal Systems: India and the World’, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, 14-16 November, 2013.

7. ‘Politics, Decentralization and the Environment’, International Conference on "Federalisms v. Localisms: Competing Demands and Conflicting Aspirations?" held during 10-11 October, 2013 at Jindal Global University Campus, Sonepat, Haryana.

8. ‘Capacity and Climate Change in the Maldives’ UNDP Public Lecture before the Minister for Environment and Senior Officers, Male, Maldives, Oct 8, 2013.

9. ‘Local Service Delivery for Rural Water Supply in Mongolia’, UNDP and Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Hotel Summit, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sept 16, 2013.

10. UNDP Workshop on Capacity Development and Capacity Assessment, UNDP Regional Office, Bangkok, May 2-3, 2012.

11. ‘Diverse Property Rights, Institutions and Decentralisation: Forest Management by Village Forest Councils in Uttarakhand’ in an International Conference on Decentralisation and its Discontents: Recalibrating Public Service Deliver in Asia, at the Centre for Governance and Citizenship, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Nov 17-18, 2011.

12. ‘Institutional Reforms for Local Governance’, in a workshop on Methodology for Capacity Assessment to Improve MDGs and Provincial Government Transformation, UNDP, Aceh, Indonesia, May 10-13, 2010.

13. ‘Poverty, Social Development and Rural Drinking Water Reforms’, at an international conference on Governing the Asian Giants: The Search for Good Governance and Sustainable Development in India and China, organized by the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, March 29-20, 2010.

14. ‘Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Cambodia: Understanding Functional Reassignment for Improving Local Service Delivery’, at UNICEF Seminar on MDGs and Local Governments, August, 2009, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

15. ‘Reasserting the Image of Blue Mongolia: Local Service Delivery for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Mongolia’, at the UNDP-Mongolian University for Science and Technology Seminar on Sustainable Water for Mongolia, May, 2008, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

16. ‘Environment & Justice: The Public Purpose of Water’, Asian Conceptions of Justice, Third Asian Political and International Studies Association Congress, November 2007, Delhi.

17. ’Methodology for Support to National Policy and MDG Strategies - Rural Water Supply’ Technical Workshop in Improving Local Service Delivery for MDGs in Asia, UNICEF, UNCDF and UNDP, Bangkok, October 2007.

18. ‘Reforming the Centralized State: Assessing Decentralization Paradigms in the Drinking Water Sector in the Philippines’, International Conference on the Role of the State in Public Service Delivery at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, September 2007.

19. ‘Paradigms of Decentralization, Institutional Design & Poverty: Drinking Water in the Philippines’, Conference on Embodying Asia: Spheres of Production, Sites of Exchange, Asia Scholarship Foundation, July 2007.

20. ‘Resources, Local Institutions and Poverty in the Philippines' presented at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila, August 2006.

21. ‘Decentralizing South Asia’s Rural Water Sector’, Envisioning South Asia, South Asian Policy Analysis Network, April 2006.

22. ‘Water and Local Governments: Institutional Design, Politics & Implementation’, paper presented at the Second Annual Asian Political and International Studies Congress on Governance Dilemmas in Asia Public Action in a Competitive and Insecure World, City University of Hongkong, November 2005.

23. ‘Development, Democracy & Local Governments: Lessons from the Rural Water Sector in India’ presented at an international seminar organized by Meghnad Desai, Mary Kaldor & Neera Chandhoke, London School of Economics and the University of Delhi, Civil Society in India, January 2003.

24. ‘Reforming the Rural Water Sector in India’, at a World Bank Round Table on Public Sector and Institutional Reforms organized by Satyajit Singh and Frank Dreeze, Washington D.C., April 2001.

25. ‘Diverse Property Rights and Diverse Institutions: Forest Management by Village Forest Councils in the UP Hills’, presented at India 50: Identities, Nation State and Global Culture, University of Sussex, September 1997.

26. ‘Hydraulic Property Rights and the Political Economy of Large Dams in India’, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, October 1995.

27. ‘Politics of Environment: A Perspective from India’, South Asia Forum, London School of Economics and Politics, Weekly Seminar Series, March 1989.

Participation in National Seminars, Conferences, Lectures, Workshops

1. Key Note Address at Indian Institute of Mass Communication for international students of Development Journalism, ‘Development beyond Markets’, New Delhi, 29th March, 2016.

2. Special Lecture Series: 31, ‘Unfolding the Political in Decentralisation: Village Forest Councils in Uttarakhand’, April 2, 2013, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.

3. Lecture on Ideas, Institutions and Governance to senior civil servants at IIPA, New Delhi, 29 November, 2012.

4. Public Lecture on Governance in the Era of Globalisation, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, 18 October, 2012.

5. Museum Popular Lecture Series on ‘Traditional Institutions for Forest Management in Uttarakhand’ at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya, Bhopal, 15 December, 2011.

6. ‘Democracy in India’ in Seminar on India: Tomorrow’s Economy, Today’s Business Destination, organized by India: Future of Change and INSEAD, Paris, July 4, 2011.

7. ‘Institutions, Decentralisation and Poverty’, Professorial Lecture as Dean, Development Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi, May 2010.

8. IIM, Ahmadabad - Ford Foundation Seminar on Urban Governance in India – A Comparative Study, IIM, Ahmadabad, December 2009.

9. IIPA Invited for training programs for senior civil servants at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi (2013, 2004).

10. Was invited to make presentations for Refresher Courses on Political Science by Delhi University (September 2012, April 2003) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (October 2012, April 2010, October 2004, and March 2004), and on Governance and Media by Jamia Millia Islamia (January 2014).

11. Invited to speak on various aspects of Governance at the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, New Delhi in August 2010, August 2007 and September, 2006.

12. Public Lecture on ‘Governance’ at Kirori Mal College, 2013.

13. Lectures, Panel Discussions in Hindu College, Kirori Mal College, Ramjas
College, Rajdhani College, Centre for Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, among others on various issues.

14. ‘Environment & Justice: The Public Purpose of Water’, at an international seminar on Justice, organized by the University of Delhi and Konrad Foundation, Jaisalmer, October, 2004.

15. Decentralisation: Institutions and Politics, University of Delhi and the United Nations Development Programme, August 2004.

16. The Narmada Forum: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley, with Jean Dreze at Delhi School of Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth, December 1993.

Major Seminars Organised

1. Asian Conceptions of Justice, Third Asian Political and International Studies Association Congress, Nov 23-25, 2007, University of Delhi.

2. Decentralisation: Institutions and Politics, University of Delhi and the United Nations Development Programme, August 2004.

3. World Bank Round Table on Public Sector and Institutional Reforms at the Annual World Bank Infrastructure Forum, Washington D.C. with Frank Dreeze, April 2001.

4. The Narmada Forum: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley, with Jean Dreze at Delhi School of Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth, December 1993.

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & OTHER ACTIVITIES

1. India Chair at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan (November 2014-April 2015).

2. Awarded the Asia Fellowship for the year 2005-6 to study Local Governments in South East Asia at the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila.

3. Performance Award at The World Bank (2001) for leading the Rural Team that was judged ‘best-practice in knowledge management for water and sanitation sector’.

4. Won a Spot Award at The World Bank (2000) for consistently producing quality newsletters and field notes on water and sanitation issues in India.

5. Won a Spot Awards at The World Bank (1999) for organizing a State Ministers’ Workshop leading to The Cochin Declaration on Rural Water Reforms.

6. Was nominated Leverhulme Fellow for Environment & Development at the Centre for the Comparative Study in Culture, Development and the Environment (CDE), University of Sussex, UK (1996-8).

7. Was invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK (1995).

8. ODASS scholarship by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, for an M.Phil program in Development Studies (1988-90).

9. Won the Vice-Chancellor's (Delhi University) Environmental Shield (1984-85).

10. Member of Asian and International Studies Association, Indian Pheasant Society (since 2009), Watchdog & Action Group (WAG) (since 2013), Kalpavriksh and Peoples’ Environment Group (1982-1999), Asian Studies Foundation, Asian Association of Social Welfare, Solutions Exchange & Capacity Net, UNDP.

TEACHING, RESEARCH, SUPERVISION, REVIEWS & OTHER

As the Founding Dean of the School of Development Studies & Acting Dean for the School of Human Ecology in the newly formed Ambedkar University, Delhi, I took the lead in all aspects of the Schools including curricula design, MA., MPhil & PhD program, as well as faculty research program design.

Taught at the postgraduate level at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. At the M.A. level taught papers on Politics in India, Institutions & Democracy in India, Administrative Theory, Local Governments: Rural & Urban Development in India, Institutions & Governance, Environment & Development, Development Politics & Process in India. At the M.Phil level taught papers on Institutions, Development &

Poverty, Environment & Development, Decentralization & Research Methods.

Chaired committees for curricula revision on public administration for BA Program, BA (Hons) Political Science, MA Political Science and MPhil Political Science (2002-16).

Assisted the Centre for Environmental Studies prepare an MA Program in Environmental Studies for consideration of the UGC, December 2004.

Member of Expert Group for TERI MA Program on Public Policy and Development for senior Government of India officials, August 2004.

Invited as an expert in many selection committees in various University of Delhi Colleges as well as in Ambedkar University, Delhi and research institutions such as Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad.

Research Supervision – Currently supervising 7 students at the PhD level.1 student has been awarded PhD thesis and 6 students have been awarded MPhil degrees.

Examiner for numerous PhD and MPhil dissertations for Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and MPhil dissertation for National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi.

Expert for EU-India Social Sciences and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) thematic group ‘Social Transformation, Cultural Expressions, Cross-Cultural Connections and Dialogue’, 28th–29th June, 2016, Gurgaon.

Invited to be a Member of the Board of Studies by Gautam Budh University, Noida and Agra University, Agra.

Member Committee of Studies, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (Aug 2015-18)

Organized Refresher Course on ‘Democracy and Development’ in April 2003 and on ‘Democracy and Conflict’, in March 2013 in CPDHE, Delhi University.

Invited as peer reviewer for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Routledge, Orient Blackswan and other lead publishing houses in India, for international journals like International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Rural Studies, Water History, India Review and other national journals like Social Change, Shodarty and for the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Peer Reviewer for a Ford Foundation Study on Urban Governance conducted by IIM, Ahmadabad (December 2009), UNDP Report on Information Communication Technology for Human Development at a UNDP Seminar in New Delhi, May 2003, and for UNDP Report on Decentralisation in India, 2000.

Member of a brainstorming group on Governance Indicators organized by the ICSSR and UNDP, May 2004.

Invited as an expert by the National Advisory Council, Government of India to provide inputs to the ‘National Rehabilitation Policy’ (November 2004).

Invited as an expert by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to provide inputs to the draft National Rehabilitation Policy (December 2006).

Invited by the Department of Drinking Water Supply, Government of India to be part of their Expert Review Group on Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Reforms Program.

Invited as an Expert by the UPSC and other state PSCs on a number of occasions.

Invitee for training programs for senior civil servants at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

Taught Environment and Development at the postgraduate level at AFRAS, University of Sussex (1996-7).

Taught Political Science at the Undergraduate level at Hindu College, University of Delhi – Political Theory, Indian Government & Politics, Nationalism & Colonialism, Public Administration (1990-94).


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