Office Phone: 
(022) - 2576-7298
Research Interests: 

Science and Technology Studies; S&T visioning and policy making;  Technology, Society and Development; History of Technology; 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

Courses Taught: 

TD 626: Technology, Society and Development

PS 612: Science and Technology Policy

TD 791 & 792: Communication


Associate Professor (Dec 2018 onwards), Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay

Senior Project Scientist (Apr 2017 - Nov 2018), DST - Centre for Policy Research, IIT Delhi

Assistant Professor (Sept 2004 - May 2005), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad



2021 (Forthcoming). Conservation Kaleidoscope - A compilation of editorials and news from the Protected Area Update (1996 - 2021), Kalpavriksh, Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Foundation and Authors Upfront.

2021 (Forthcoming). First Steps - Citizen Science in ecology in India (with Naveen Thayyil), DST Centre for Policy Research, IIT Delhi and Authors Upfront

2020. Nanoscale: Society's deep impact on science, technology and innovation in India, Authors Upfront, New Delhi, pp 182, ISBN: 9387280705;

Reviews of the book:

a) In Dialogue - Science, Scientists and Society:;

b) In The Hindu

c) In firstpost.com

2019. 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, pp 248, 100 line illustrations, ISBN: 8192326934;

2019. Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian Laboratory, Routledge, pp 148, ISBN: 0367856298;

2019. 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


2021 (Forthcoming). Waiting for Turtles (Illustrated story book for children; illustrations by Vipin Sketchplore), Karadi Tales pp 32;

2021 (Forthcoming). Kachuon ka intezaar  (Waiting for Turtles in translation in Hindi), Karadi Tales, pp 32

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

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

Book Chapters

- 2021 (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


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 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;



[1] "Scrap to 'cutting-edge' scientific instrument to scrap - Attempting a 'commons' understanding of a modern scientific enterprise (With Shashank Deora)," (Un)doing the CommonShiv Nadar University, NOIDA, UP 2020-02-17

[2] "At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability - The story of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," Interrogating Emerging Post-Pandemic Scenarios in Light of Covid-19Kazi Nazrul Islam Mahavidyalaya, Churulia, West Bengal (Online) 2020-09-10

[3] "Conservation vs Development Dilemma," Earth Mela organised by RD&SH National College and Sprouts Environment Trust Mumbai 2020-01-12

[4] "Marrying Research and Media for the Environment," astion Workshops on the Environment Online 2020-09-11

[5] "At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability - The story of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," Man-Nature: Through the lens of eco-criticism, Organised by the Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, New Delhi, New Delhi (Online) 2020-11-06

[6] "Climate Crisis, Manmade Disasters and the Future of Tourism," Climate Crisis, Manmade Disasters and the Future of Tourism organised by the Transforming Tourism Initiative, Online 2020-12-0 4

[7] "At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability - The story of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands," Invited Talk by Fridays for Future Youth Group Online 2020-08-20


[1] "Instrumental Lives - The lab as the site of a historical excavation: A presentation and a discussion with Prof Cyrus Mody (Maastricht University)," Archives Public Lecture Series, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) BengaluruBengaluru (Online) 2020-05-15

[2] "Even at the Nanoscale - Society's Deep Impact on Science, Technology and Innovation in India ," ASET Forum, TIFR Mumbai Online 2020-10-09

[3] "Even at the Nanoscale - Society's Deep Impact on Science, Technology and Innovation in India," Paraspar, Office of Communications, Indian Institute of Science, BengaluruBengaluru (Online) 2020-10-19


2019. Citizen Science in ecology in India: An initial mapping and analysis (with Naveen Thayyil); DST-Centre for Policy Research, IIT Delhi, pp 84;

2010. Putting life on the front page - Biodiversity reporting guidelines; Inter Press Service, Rome, pp 30;

Ph.D Student Details: 


- Amruta Shirpurkar (CPS): Citizen Science for Policy; Policy for Citizen Science in India

- Shashank Deora (CTARA): Commoning and infrastructuring around watersheds - Impacts on watershed governance and watershed outcomes (Tentative theme)

- Hariprasad VM (CTARA): Title: History and Ethnography of floods in the Kuttanad region of Kerala (Co-Guide)