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Saurabh  Gupta
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Saurabh Gupta
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Center for Development Management

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  • Ph.D:(2009) - University of London, UK
  • MA:(2000) - Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
  • BA:(1998) - University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Udaipur

Research Interests
  • Thematic Interests: Development Policy and Management, Rural Sociology; Sociology of Food and Agriculture, Environmental Sociology
  • Specific Topics: Natural Resources Management, Civil Society and Non-governmental Development Organisations, Agricultural Commodity Value Chains, Governance Reforms
Publications
Books:
  • Gupta, S. (2016). Politics of Water Conservation: Delivering development in rural Rajasthan, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International; ISBN:978-3-319-21391-0
Journal Articles:
  • Verma, R, Gupta, S and Birner, R (2017). Can Grassroots Mobilization of the Poorest Reduce Corruption? A tale of governance reforms and struggle against petty corruption in Bihar, India, Development and Change 46 (2): 339-363
  • Gupta, S. (2014). From Demanding to Delivering Development: Challenges of NGO-led development in rural Rajasthan, India, Journal of South Asian Development 9 (2): 121-145
  • Gupta, S. (2014). Worlds Apart? Challenges of multi-agency partnership in participatory watershed development in Rajasthan, India, Development Studies Research 1:1, 100-112
  • Gupta, S. (2011). Demystifying 'Tradition': The politics of rainwater harvesting in rural Rajasthan, India, Water Alternatives 4(3): 347-364
Book Chapters:
  • Gupta, S. and Sinha, S. (2008). Beyond 'dispositif' and 'depoliticisation': Spaces of civil society in water conservation contexts in rural Rajasthan, India. In Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Robert Wasson (eds), Water First: Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities, New Delhi and London: Sage; ISBN: 978-0-7619-3625-1
Conference Presentations
  • '"Land Grabs", Dispossession and Agricultural Transformation: Revisiting land-acquisition debate in the light of empirical evidence from Ethiopia'. Annual Conference of the International Rural Sociological Association (IRSA), Toronto, Canada (10-14 August, 2016)
  • 'Bio-Economy and Regional Planning', Session Chair, Organized by the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), Stuttgart, Germany (2 December, 2015)
  • 'Impact of sustainable certification on smallholder farmers: The case of abaca cultivators in Catanduanes, Philippines', Tropentag - Annual Conference on Tropical and Sub-tropical Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Berlin, Germany (16-18 September, 2015)
  • 'Ethiopian Agriculture in Transition', GlobeE Project Status Seminar, Organized by the Germany Ministry of Education and Research, Potsdam, Germany (4-6 March, 2015)
  • 'Institutions for Sustainable Livelihoods: A value-chain analysis of Abaca production in the Philippines', Inter-Agency Workshop on Abaca Production, Visayas State University, Leyte, Philippines (7-10 August, 2014)
  • 'Biomass-based Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: the role of governance and institutions', Inception Workshop, BiomassWeb Project, Accra, Ghana (10-13 October, 2013)
  • 'Multi-agency Partnership in Natural Resource Management: Evidence from participatory watershed development in rural Rajasthan, India', Annual Conference of the German Society of Economic and Social Sciences in Agriculture (GEWISOLA), Berlin, Germany (September, 2013)
  • 'From Demanding to Delivering Development: Challenges of NGO-led development in rural Rajasthan, India', Tropentag - Annual Conference on Tropical and Sub-tropical Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Stuttgart, Germany (17-19 September, 2013)
  • 'Community-based Natural Resources Management: Problems and prospects', First World Forum of the International Sociological Association, Barcelona, Spain (5-8 September, 2008)
  • 'National Goals, International Agenda and Local Needs: Evidence from water conservation and watershed development programmes in Rajasthan, India', European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies, Manchester, UK (5-8 July, 2008)
  • 'The politics of water conservation and watershed development in rural Rajasthan', South Asian Studies Alliance Conference, Claremont Graduate University, CA, USA (29-30 March, 2008)
Work Experience
  • Hans Ruthenberg Institute, University of Hohenheim, Germany (August 2011-October 2017)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK (June 2006-July 2011)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, 2009-10 (Visiting Fellow)
  • Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK, 2009-11 (Guest Lecturer)
Awards
  • Article Featured in Editor's Choice Collection (2014), Journal of South Asian Development
  • Director's Teaching Prize (2009), SOAS, University of London
  • Thesis Writing-up Grant (2007), Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust, UK; Gilchrist Educational Society, UK
  • Felix Scholarship for PhD at SOAS (University of London), 2002-06