Research Papers


Saikia, Arupjyoti, 2008, "Forest Land and Peasant Struggles in Assam, 2002-2007", Journal of Peasant Studies, 35 (1), pp. 39-59.[Full Paper: Pdf file, 376 KB]

Rosencranz, Armin, and Sharachchandra Léle, 2008, "Supreme Court and India’s Forests", Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (5), pp. 11-14.

Sahu, Geetanjoy, 2008, "Mining in the Niyamgiri Hills and Tribal Rights", Economic & Political Weekly, XLIII (15), pp. 19-21.[Full Paper, Pdf file]

Pattanaik, Sarmistha, 2008, "Indian Environmentalism and Gandhian Values: The Relevance of Satyagraha in Contemporary Environmental Movements in India", Journal of Gandhi Marg, 29 (4), pp. 443-458.

Sangameswaran, Priya., Roopa Madhav, and Clifton D’Rozario, 2008, "24/7, ‘Privatization’, and Water Reform: Insights from Hubli-Dharwad", Economic and Political Weekly, XLIII (14), pp. 60-67. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 160 KB].

Sangameswaran, Priya, 2008, "Community Formation, ‘Ideal’ Villages and Watershed Development in Western India", Journal of Development Studies, 44 (3), pp. 384-408. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 215 KB].

Saikia, Arupjyoti, 2008, "State, Peasants and Land Reclamation: The Predicament of Forest Conservation in Assam, 1850s-1880s", Indian Economic & Social History Review, 45 (1), pp. 77-114. [Abstract]

Sahu, Geetanjoy, 2008, "Implications of Supreme Court’s Innovations for Environmental Jurisprudence", Law, Environment and Development Journal, 4 (1), pp. 377-393. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 352 KB]

Badami Rao, Divya, and M.V. Ramana, 2008, "The Indian Approach to Climate and Energy Policy", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 3. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 112 KB]. Also available at

Singh, Praveen, 2008, "The Colonial State, Zamindars and the Politics of Flood Control in North Bihar (1850-1945)", The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 45 (2), pp. 239-59.

Lichterman, Andrew, and M.V. Ramana, 2008, "Globalization of the Nuclear Industry: Fresh Impetus", Strategic Affairs, 3 (4), pp. 62-63.

Sahu, Geetanjoy, 2008, "Green Courts in India", Journal of National Law University, 1, (1), pp.141-145, October 1.

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Kumar, Ashwin, and M.V. Ramana, 2008, "Compromising Safety: Design Choices and Severe Accident Possibilities in India‘s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor", Science and Global Security, (16), pp.87-114, December. 

Badami Rao, Divya, and M.V. Ramana, 2008, "Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors", Economic and Political Weekly, 43 (51), pp.14-18, December 20. 

Sahu, Geetanjoy, 2008, "Public Interest Environmental Litigations in India: Contributions and Complications", The Indian Journal of Political Science, LXIX, (4), Oct-Dec, pp.745-758.


Ramana, M.V, 2007, "Economics of Nuclear Power: Subsidies and Competitiveness", Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (2), pp.169-171. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 25.8 KB]

Lélé, Sharachchandra, 2007, "A ‘Defining’ Moment for Forests?" Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (25), pp. 2379-2382. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 35.6 KB]

Sarkar, Rinki, 2007, "Progressive Policy Package: Cross-Examining the Diverse Role of Mountain Forests in the Western Himalayas", Wastelands News, XXII (4), pp. 9-15, July.

Ramana, M.V., and J.Y. Suchitra, 2007, "Costing Plutonium: Economics of Reprocessing in India", International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 27 (4), pp. 454-471. [Full Paper, link]

Ramana, M.V., 2007, "Heavy Subsidies in Heavy Water: Economics of Nuclear Power in India", Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (34), pp. 3483-3490. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 328 KB]

Pattanaik, Sarmistha, 2007, "Conservation of Environment and Protection of Marginalized Fishing Communities of Lake Chilika in Orissa, India", Journal of Human Ecology, 22 (4), pp. 291-302. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 50.3 KB]

Ramana, M.V, and U. A. Shimray, 2007, "Uranium Mining in Meghalaya: Simmering Problem", Economic and Political Weekly, XLII (52), pp. 13-17. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 130 KB]


Menon, Ajit, 2006, "Environmental Policy, Legislation and Construction of Social Nature", Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (3), pp. 188-192. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 33 KB]

Singh, Praveen, 2006, "Bridging the Ganga Action Plan: Monitoring Failure at Kanpur", Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (7), pp. 590-592. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 30 KB]

Menon, Ajit, and Ananda G. Vadivelu, 2006, "Common Property Resources in Different Agro-Climatic Landscapes in India", Conservation and Society, 4 (1), pp. 132-154. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 348 KB] 

Ramana, M.V, and J.Y. Suchitra, 2006, "Nuclear Power: No Route to Energy Security", Energy Security Insights, 1 (1), pp. 13-16. [Full paper: Pdf file, 80.7 KB]

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Ramana, M.V, 2006, "Twenty Years after Chernobyl: Debates and Lessons", Economic and Political Weekly, LXI (18), pp. 1743-1747. [Full Paper: HTML file, 59 KB]

Sangameswaran, Priya, 2006, "Equity in Watershed Development: A Case Study in Western Maharashtra", Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (21), pp. 2157-2165. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 51 KB]

Lélé, Sharachchandra, 2006, "Linking Ecology, Economics, and Institutions of Village-Level Forest Use in the Karnataka Western Ghats", Sahyadri E-News: Western Ghats Biodiversity Information System, (21), July. [Full Paper, link]

K. J, Joy, Amita Shah, Suhas Paranjape, Shrinivas Badiger, and Sharachchandra Lélé, 2006, "Issues in Restructuring", Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (27-28), pp. 2994-2996. [Full Paper, Pdf file, 20.3 KB]

Suchitra, J.Y., and M.V Ramana, 2006, "High Costs, Questionable Benefits of Reprocessing", Economic and Political Weekly, XLI (47), pp. 4848-4851. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 80.7 KB]

Pattanaik, Sarmistha, 2006, "Commercialization of Shrimp Trade, Environment and Rural Poverty: A Socio-Ecological Exploration in Coastal Orissa", Working Paper Series No. E/274/2006, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi, December. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 456 KB]


Ramana, M.V., Antonette D’Sa, and Amulya K. N. Reddy, 2005, "Economics of Nuclear Power from Heavy Water Reactors", Economic and Political Weekly, XL (17), pp. 1763-1773. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 69 KB]

Lélé, Sharachchandra, and Richard B. Norgaard, 2005, "Practicing Interdisciplinarity", BioScience, 55 (11), pp. 967-975. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 125 KB]

Mian, Zia, and M.V Ramana, 2005, "Feeding the Nuclear Fire", Economic and Political Weekly, XL (35), pp. 3808-3812.

Ramana, M.V, 2005, "Nuclear Power: Expensive and Unsafe", Electrical India, Annual issue.

Menon, Ajit, 2005, "NEP 2004: Market Fundamentalism", Economic and Political Weekly, XL (2), pp. 84. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 12 KB]

Menon, Ajit, 2005, "Where Are the Forests? Legal Pluralism and Land Use Change in the Kolli Hills", Indian Socio-Legal Journal, (31), pp. 12-26.

Shah, Esha, 2005, "Local and Global Elites Join Hands: Development and Diffusion of Genetically Modified Bt.Cotton Technology in Gujarat", Economic and Political Weekly, XL (43), pp. 4629- 4640. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 278 KB]


Lélé, Sharachchandra, 2004, "Decentralising Governance of Natural Resources in India: A Review", review paper submitted to UNDP Dryland Development Centre, Nairobi. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 285 KB] 

Menon, Ajit, 2004, "Colonial Constructions of ‘Agrarian Fields’ and ‘Forests’ in the Kolli Hills", The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 41 (3), September.

Ramana, M.V, 2004, "Scientists, Nuclear Weapons, and the Peace Movement", Economic and Political Weekly, XXXVIII (46-47), pp. 5013-5015. [Full paper: Pdf file, 77KB]

Saberwal, Vasant, and Sharachchandra Lélé, 2004, "Locating Local Elites in Negotiating Access to Forests: Havik Brahmins and the Colonial State, 1860-1920", Studies in History, 20 (2), pp. 273-303.

Bawa, K. S, John W. Kress, N. M. Nadkarni, and Sharachchandra Lélé, 2004, "Beyond Paradise-Meeting the Challenges in Tropical Biology in the 21st Century", Biotropica, 36 (4), pp. 437-446. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 134 KB]

Ramana, M.V, 2004, "An Estimate of India’s Uranium Enrichment Capacity", Science and Global Security, (12), pp. 115-124. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 85 KB]

Ramana, M.V, 2004, "India’s Uranium Enrichment Program", International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation Bulletin, (24), pp. 71-74. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 94 KB]


Kolavalli, S, and K.V. Raju, 2003, "Protecting Drinking Water Sources: A Sub-Basin View", Working Paper no.126, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

Lélé, Sharachchandra, 2003, "Participatory Forest Management in Karnataka: At the Crossroads", Community Forestry, 2 (4), pp. 4-11. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 204 KB]

Menon, Ajit, and Sharachchandra Lélé, 2003, "Critiquing the Commons: Missing the Woods for the Trees?" Common Property Resource Digest, (64), pp. 1-4. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 88 KB]


Lélé, Sharachchandra, 2001, "Pixelising the Commons’ and ‘Commonising the Pixel’: Boon or Bane?" Common Property Resource Digest, (58), pp. 1-3. [Full Paper: Pdf file, 12 KB]

Raju, K.V, 2001, "Participatory Irrigation Management in Andhra Pradesh", in proceedings of the FAO-INPIM global email conference on participatory irrigation management.

Srinidhi, A.S, and Sharachchandra Lélé, 2001, "Forest Tenure Regimes in the Karnataka Western Ghats: A Compendium", Working Paper no. 90, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

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