SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
|Anna Lindberg, SASNET, Krister Håkansson, Växjö University, G.N. Tiwari, IIT Delhi, and Lars Eklund, SASNET.|
Being a psychologist, Krister Håkansson is interested to launch a broad interdisciplinary research project on issues connected to village development and the introduction of solar energy, but also other possible research topics. SASNET’s deputy director Lars Eklund visited Växjö University in March 2009 and discussed this with Dr. Håkansson (read Lars Eklund’s report).
In May 2009, the Indian collaboration partner, Prof. G.N. Tiwari from the Centre for Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi visited Växjö University in order to discuss the final planning for the conference to be held at IIT Delhi. During his visit he held a lecture on Wednesday 20 May 2009, entitled ”Sustainable Energy Alternatives. Renewable Energy Research at Solar Energy Park, IIT, Delhi”.
The day before, Prof. Tiwari and Dr. Håkansson travelled down to Lund, and visited SASNET’s root node office. Discussions were held with Anna Lindberg and Lars Eklund from SASNET. (Photo to the right)
Uddhammar is based at the Dept. of Political Science within the School of Social Sciences. He was appointed
Professor at Växjö University in 2006. Before that, he worked
at the Dept. of Government, Uppsala University. More
information about his Uppsala research.
His research interests are democracy and institutions,
institutions and development, conservation and development and
also Swedish politics and political theory. More information from his personal web page.
Prof. Uddhammar has been involved in research projects focusing on East Africa, but also in comparative studies with India. One such project was a comparative research study on Development and biodiversity in East Africa and India, a project funded by the Swedish Research Council for the period 2005-07. It focused on the impact different institutional arrangements – political, legal and economic – had on bio-diversity and human development. In India Dr. Uddhammar collaborated with Dr. Vikram Dayal, Research Associate at TERI, the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi. More information on the project.
In March 2007, Prof. Uddhammar and the School of Social Sciences, Växjö University, received a small Linnaeus Palme International Exchange Programme grant from the Swedish International Programme Office for Education and Training for the contract period 1 July 2007 30 June 2008. The grant should be used to develop an exchange of students and teachers between Växjö and TERI in New Delhi. More information about the Linnaeus Palme grants 2007.
In December 2008, Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh, Senior Vice President at MCX Academia of Economic Research (MAER), Mumbai, India was invited to the department in Växjö by Prof. Uddhammar for a week. Dr. Ghosh obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Kolkata and later been a researcher and lecturer at the TERI Institute in New Delhi. Presently as Senior Vice President, he heads the research, consultancy, and publications initiatives of MAER, an economic research and consultancy centre at the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) in Mumbai. Nilanjan Ghosh is involved in projects/ consultancies sponsored by the Swedish Research Council, FORMAS, UNEP (Nairobi), World Bank, CDEP (IIM–Kolkata), IUCN, UNCTAD, and others.
A research seminar on ”Trans-boundary water disputes” was held at the School of Social Sciences on Tuesday 2 December 2008. Dr. Ghosh presented a paper titled ”A scarcity value based explanation of trans-boundary water disputes: the case of the Cauvery River Basin in India”. The issue is at the forefront of the global environmental debate, not least because scarce water resources could lead to conflicts. Efficient management of such resources and appropriate institutional arrangements are hot topics.