Sustainable Development and Social Change



Makarand Paranjape, PhD
Makarand has a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Illinois and is a professor of English at the Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Among his recent book publications are Cultural Politics in Modern India: Postcolonial Prospects, Colourful Cosmopolitanism, Global Proximities (Routledge, 2016); The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Routledge, 2014); and Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority (Springer, 2013). He has received many prestigious fellowships and awards at universities in Germany, Singapore, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Pramada Menon
Pramada is a queer and feminist activist. She works as an independent consultant on sexuality, sexual rights, gender, violence against women, organizational development, and change and livelihoods. She is a co-founder of CREA, an international women’s human rights organization, and was CREA’s director of programs from 2000 to 2008. She was executive director of Dastkar, which aims to ensure sustainable livelihoods for craftspeople.

Pradip Saha
Pradip is an independent communication specialist and filmmaker in environment and development. He was associate director of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, and edited India’s foremost environment and development journal, Down to Earth. He freelances and co-directs a research and communication firm in New Delhi.

Tara Nair, PhD
Tara has an MPhil in applied economics and a PhD in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Development Studies. She has worked as faculty at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, and Institute of Rural Management Anand. She also headed research at the Friends of Women’s World Banking in India for two years. Recently she was a visiting scholar at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and at Jonkoping University’s International Business School in Sweden. Her research concerns policy and institutional development in pro-poor financial services, rural innovation, women and development, and livelihoods. She has contributed to the discourse on Indian micro-finance since the late 1990s. She co-authored the Micro-finance State of the Sector Report 2013 and the Inclusive Finance India Report 2014. She has also edited a volume of essays titled Micro-finance in India: Approaches, Outcomes and Challenges (Routledge India, 2015).