Designation: 
Office Phone: 
(022) - 2576-7298
Email: 
pankaj.sekhsaria@iitb.ac.in
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

Education: 

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 899: Communication

Experience: 

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

Publications: 

BOOKS

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; https://tinyurl.com/y4rhwgme

Reviews of the book:

a) In Dialogue - Science, Scientists and Society: http://www.dialogue.ias.ac.in/article/48417/we-looked-for-scientists;

b) In The Hinduhttps://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/nanoscale-societys-deep-imp...

c) In firstpost.comhttps://www.firstpost.com/art-and-culture/pankaj-sekhsarias-nanoscale-sh...

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; https://tinyurl.com/y4rhwgme

2019. Instrumental Lives – an intimate biography of an Indian Laboratory, Routledge, pp 148, ISBN: 0367856298; https://tinyurl.com/y4rhwgme

2019. Islands in flux – the Andaman and Nicobar story, Harper Litmus India; https://tinyurl.com/y4rhwgme

2013. The State of Wildlife in Northeast India: (1996-2011) – A compilation of news from Protected Area Update (Editor), Foundation for Ecological Security, India; https://www.academia.edu/3152382/_THE_STATE_OF_WILDLIFE_IN_NORTHEAST_IND...

2010. The Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier – Cultural and Biological Diversities in the Andaman Islands (Joint Editor with Vishvajit Pandya), Kalpavriksh, Pune & UNESCO, Paris; https://www.academia.edu/2637014/The_Jarawa_Tribal_Reserve_Dossier_-_Cul...

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

Fiction

2021. Waiting for Turtles (Illustrated story book for children; illustrations by Vipin Sketchplore), Karadi Tales pp 36; http://www.karaditales.com/catalogue/picture-books/waiting-for-turtles

2021. Kachuon ka intezaar  (Waiting for Turtles in translation in Hindi), Karadi Tales, pp 36; https://www.karaditales.com/catalogue/picture-books/waiting-for-turtles-...

2014. The Last Wave: An Island novel, Harper Collins India; https://tinyurl.com/y4rhwgme

2018. Koneya Ale (The Last Wave in translation in Kannada), Navakarnataka Publications; http://www.navakarnatakaonline.com/koneya-ale-the-last-wave

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

ARTICLES

Peer Reviewed Journals

- 2021. The ecology and history of the Andaman Islands: Bottom up and through the lens of fiction. RILE - Revista Interdisciplinar de Literatura e Ecocritica (English Edition), Vol. 1, No. 7, p. 30-44; http://asle-brasil.com/journal/index.php/aslebr/article/view/160/116

- 2019. Narratives of Technology and Society Visioning in India. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54, No. 34, (with Naveen Thayyil); https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/34/technology-and-society/narratives-tec...

- 2019. Technology Vision 2035: visions, technologies, democracy and the citizen. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54, No. 34, p. 64-69 (with Naveen Thayyil); https://www.epw.in/journal/2019/34/technology-and-society/technology-vis... 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; https://threatenedtaxa.org/index.php/JoTT/article/view/4461 

- 2018. The A&N islands are not an ‘empty space’. Ecology, Economy and Society - The INSEE Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1.; https://www.academia.edu/35129432/The_Andaman_and_Nicobar_Islands_are_no...

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

- 2017. How Users Configure Producer Identities – Dilemmas of Retinoblastoma treatment in India. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. LII (40), p. 57-64 http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/40/special-articles/how-users-configure-p...

- 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; http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/1/special-articles/disaster-catalyst-mili...

- 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; http://www.epw.in/journal/2014/34/notes/identity-card-wall.html

- 2013. Tribal reserves, IBAs, and bird conservation: The unique case of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Birds, Vol. 8 (4), 85-90; https://www.academia.edu/4171572/Tribal_reserves_IBAs_and_bird_conservat...

- 2013. The making of an indigenous scanning tunneling microscope. Current Science, Vol. 104 (9); www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/104/09/1152.pdf

- 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); https://www.academia.edu/2636644/WHEN_CHANOS_CHANOS_BECAME_TSUNAMI_MACCH...

- 2007. Conservation in India and the Need to Think Beyond ‘Tiger vs. Tribal’. Biotropica, Volume 39 Issue 5 Page 575-577; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00333.x/abst...

- 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; http://www.epw.in/special-articles/deforestation-andaman-and-nicobar.html

- 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; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J091v19n01_14#.Uqgjyo1SawY

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; http://www.conservationandsociety.org/article.asp?issn=0972-4923;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; http://old.thebookreviewindia.org/articles/archives-4503/2015/july/7/shi...

Conferences: 

CONFERENCE TALKS

2021

[1] "At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability: The Andaman and Nicobar story", Commencement Lecture for the Jindal School of Environment & Sustainability, Jindal Global University, 04 August 2021

[2] "At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability - The Andaman and Nicobar Story' Invited Talk for the Webinar on Andaman Nicobar Series 2021, Organised by the Anthropological Association & Department of Studies in Anthropology, University of Mysore, 07 July 2021.

[3] “At the tri-junction of fragility and vulnerability: The Andaman and Nicobar story”, Keynote; Posthumanism and India: Envisioning and Manifesting, An Inaugural Online Symposium, Organized by Indian Posthumanism Network and Center for Comparative Social Theory, Dept. of Sociology, West Bengal State University, June 2021

[4] "Scrap to 'cutting-edge' scientific instrument to scrap" (with Shashank Deora), Paper at the 'Waste Now! Histories and Contemporalities of Discards Workshop', June 2021

2020

[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

RESEARCH TALKS

[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

Reports: 

2019. Citizen Science in ecology in India: An initial mapping and analysis (with Naveen Thayyil); DST-Centre for Policy Research, IIT Delhi, pp 84; https://www.academia.edu/39816694/Citizen_Science_in_ecology_in_India_an...

2010. Putting life on the front page - Biodiversity reporting guidelines; Inter Press Service, Rome, pp 30; https://www.academia.edu/2950678/Putting_life_on_the_front_page_Biodiver...

Ph.D Student Details: 

Ongoing

- 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)