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Research Interests: 

Science and Technology Studies, S&T visioning and policy making,  Technology, Society and Development, Environment and development, Citizen Science, Wildlife conservation, Island studies, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Media studies


PhD Thesis title: ‘Enculturing Innovation – Indian engagements with nanotechnology’,  Department of Technology and Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, 2016  

MA – Mass Communication Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, 1997

BE- Mechanical Engg Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, University of Poona, Pune, Maharashtra, India    Feb 1994    Courses in Engineering that included Thermodynamics, Electrical Engg, Engg. Drawing, etc



2019. (Forthcoming). The State of Wildlife in Maharashtra (1996-2015) – A compilation of new from the Protected Area Update (Editor), Rainfed Books, Chennai, Kalpavriksh and The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Foundation.

2019. Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian Laboratory, Taylor and Francis;

2017. Islands in flux – the Andaman and Nicobar story, Harper Litmus India;

2013. The State of Wildlife in Northeast India: (1996-2011) – A compilation of news from Protected Area Update (Editor), Foundation for Ecological Security, India;

2010. The Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier – Cultural and Biological Diversities in the Andaman Islands (Joint Editor with Vishvajit Pandya), Kalpavriksh, Pune & UNESCO, Paris;

2003. Troubled Islands: Writings on the environment and indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands LEAD India and Kalpavriksh


2014. The Last Wave: An Island novel, Harper Collins India;

2018. Koneya Ale (The Last Wave in translation in Kannada), Navakarnataka Publications;


Peer Reviewed Journals

- 2019. Narratives of Technology and Society Visioning in India. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54, No. 34, (with Naveen Thayyil);

- 2019. Technology Vision 2035: visions, technologies, democracy and the citizen. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54, No. 34, p. 64-69 (with Naveen Thayyil); 2035.html

- 2019. Media reporting of the Protected Areas in Maharashtra, India - a thematic analysis (with Trupthi Narayan). Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol. 11, No. 3; 

- 2018. The A&N islands are not an ‘empty space’. Ecology, Economy and Society - The INSEE Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1.;

- 2017. Visions for India: public participation, debate and the S&T community. Current Science, Vol. 113, No. 10, p. 1835-40 (with Naveen Thayyil);

- 2017. How Users Configure Producer Identities – Dilemmas of Retinoblastoma treatment in India. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LII (40), p. 57-64

- 2015. Disaster as a catalyst for military expansionism – The case of the Nicobar Islands. Economic and Political Weekly Vol. L (1), 3 January, p. 37-43;

- 2014. An Identity- Card on the wall: Identities in flux and ethics of technology change. Economic and Political Weekly Vol. XLIX (34), p. 65-69;

- 2013. Tribal reserves, IBAs, and bird conservation: The unique case of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Birds, Vol. 8 (4), 85-90;

- 2013. The making of an indigenous scanning tunneling microscope. Current Science, Vol. 104 (9);

- 2009. When Chanos chanos became tsunami macchi: The post-December 2004 scenario in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. Vol. 106 (3);

- 2007. Conservation in India and the Need to Think Beyond ‘Tiger vs. Tribal’. Biotropica, Volume 39 Issue 5 Page 575-577;

- 2006. Andaman’s Tribal Reserves: Protecting Forests, Biodiversity and the Indigenous peoples. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. Vol. 103 (2&3)

- 2001. Deforestation in Andaman and Nicobar: Its impact on Onge. Economic and Political Weekly, 22/09/2001;

- 2001. Illegal logging and Deforestation in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India: The Story of Little Andaman Island. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Hathworth Press & Food Products Press, USA, Volume 19, Nos. 1/2/3;

Book Chapters

- 2020 (forthcoming). Frugality and jugaad in Indian science: Evidence from an Indian laboratory in Beers, C. van, Bhaduri, S., Knorringa, P., & Leliveld, A. (Eds) Handbook on Frugal Innovation. Edward Elgar Publishing.

- 2017. STS for development in CA Miller, U Felt & L. Smith-Doerr (Eds), The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (2017), MIT Press (co-author with Aalok Khandekar, Koen Beumer, Annapurna Mamidipudi and Wiebe Bijker)

- 2013. The making of an indigenous STM: Technological Jugaad as a Culture of Innovation in India in Konrad, Kornelia, Christopher Coenen, Anne Dijkstra, Colin Milburn, and Harro van Lente (Eds.), Shaping Emerging Technologies: Governance, Innovation, Discourse, Berlin: IOS Press / AKA

- 2012. Deforestation in the Andaman and Nicobar – Its impact on Onge in Indira Munshi (Editor), The Adivasi Question, Issues of Land, Forest and Livelihood, Orient Blackswan and Economic and Political Weekly

Book Reviews

    - Reaching out to the Past, Conservation and Society Review: Review of The Nicobar Islands - Cultural Choices in the Aftermath of the Tsunami bu Simron Jit Singh and Oliver Lehman,. Czernin Verlag, 2006;;year=20...

    - Shifting Ground, Effectively and convincingly, The Book Review: Review Of Shifting Ground: People, Animals and Mobility in India’s Environmental History  Edited By Mahesh Rangarajan  And K. Sivaramakrishnan Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014, Pp. 308;