Dr. Rajeswari Raina | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Dr. Rajeswari
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
D334 J
Block-D Block, Shiv Nadar University
Delhi NCR Uttar Pradesh
120 3819100
Profile Summary 


Rajeswari S. Raina (Ph.D. Economics) is a Professor with the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Shiv Nadar University, and Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT). She is a keen student of the interface between development policy and knowledge - formal organized science and technology as well as unorganized situated local knowledge systems. Her current research focuses on (a) Institutions and ways of knowing complex social-ecological systems, (b) Evolving frameworks: the state, science and civil society actors for sustainability and resilience, (c) Knowledge-policy-practice continuums in agroecological transformations, (d) Science in international assessments.  

She is a well published researcher, advisor to and participant in several environment-and-development programmes, public policy and scientific research programmes, both national and international, community-led and government or donor-led. As an active member of networks and professional societies on rural innovation, post-growth, agrarian and rural studies, science-technology-society studies, rainfed agriculture, agroecology, institutional economics, ecological economics, teachers against the climate crisis and water, she is an ardent advocate of a bio-economic approach to a prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. (Economics)
Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala University
M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Marketing Management
Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences,
College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur
Pre-Degree Course in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Government College for Women, University of Kerala, Trivandrum
Work Experience 
Professor and Head of the Department,
International Relations and Governance Studies in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR
I currently work here
Principal Scientist,
National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, (NISTADS)
Senior Fellow,
Centre for Policy Research Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri
Agricultural Officer, Grade II,
Kerala Agricultural Extension, Project (KAEP) Office,
Palghat Division, Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala,
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies,
Shiv Nadar University
I currently work here
Teaching & Research Interests: 

On-going Research:

  1.  “Institutional Change for Rural Innovation: The Civic Space, Science and the State in India, the 1980s through 2010s”    Principal Investigators:  Prof. Keshab Das (GIDR, Ahmedabad) and Prof.Rajeswari S. Raina (SNU, Delhi, NCR)     Project Partners:    Dhruv Raina (JNU, New Delhi), D. Raghunandan (CTD, New Delhi), Major S. Chatterjee (Rtrd., Former Advisor, Office of PSA, Govt.of India, New Delhi), Lavanya Suresh (BITS, Hyderabad) and Om Prasad (Post-doc researcher).   Project Duration:   1st September 2020 to 31st August 2022 (extended to March 2023 due to pandemic disruptions).  Sponsored by Ford Foundation, NY, USA. 
  2. "Financing the Agroecological Transformation of Agri-food Systems”, Consultancy project  in collaboration with Prof. Tara Nair (GIDR, Ahmedabad).  Part of the programme on “Public Development Banks and the Sustainable Development Goals” coordinated by the Global Development Network (GDN), sponsored and coordinated by Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), Paris . Project Duration:  March2022-July2022.
  3.  "Agri-food systems in a post-growth world" (chapter) for the reader "Beyond growth? Alternative models for economic development," as part of the  project "Supporting the Institutionalization of Capacities on Climate Change Studies and Actions (ICCC) implemented by GIZ and MoEFCC, April-October 2022.

Recent Research Projects:

  1. Millet-based Nutrition Programmes: Theoretical Challenges and Policy Problems in Rainfed Agriculture, Principal Investigator. Collaborative research project - with NCDS, Bhubaneswar, and WASSAN, Hyderabad. Sponsored: ICSSR Major Research Programme, March 2017 to February 2019 – extended to December 2020.
  2. Academia Engagement on Decentralized Sanitation, Principal Investigator, with Sreedeep Bhattacharya (C-PACT, SNU).  Consultancy Project, sponsored by: National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). September 1st 2018 to March 31st 2019.
  3. “Scaling-up the Rural Enterprise”, an Indo-UK collaborative research project on Bridging the Urban Rural Divide (BURD), in collaboration with Centre for Technology and Development (CTD), New Delhi, IIT-Mumbai, Imperial College, London, University of Nottingham, and Swansea University. Sponsored by DST (Government of India) and EPSRC (Government of UK), (2012-15).

On-going Supervision:

  1. One PhD dissertation in the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies (beginning Spring 2022)
  2. One PhD dissertation as External member, Doctoral Advisory Committee, in Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay (beginning Spring 2021)
  3. Two MSc. (Water Science and Policy) dissertations in Shiv Nadar University (Aug2021- May 2022)
  4. One BA (International Relations) dissertation (August 2021-May 2022)

Teaching interests:

Inter- and trans-disciplinary studies, Institutional economics, Ecological economics, Policy Research, Knowledge Politics, Science, Technology, Society studies (STS), Complex SES

Teaching Areas/themes:

Agricultural and environmental challenges, Agroecological transformations, Biodiversity, Climate adaptation capacities and resilience, Development and Governance frameworks, theories and practices, Post-growth thinking and action, Asian agri-food systems and work, Rural innovation, Inclusive development.



Conferences (Select): 


 “Measuring What Counts in a Limited World”, seminar paper presented online, as part of the KREA University Environmental Lecture Series, organized by KREA University, 29th March 2022.

“Prioritizing Sustainable Relationships: SDGs and STI”, discussion/presentation in the session on Presentation of evidence and experiences of STI prioritizations and pathways from different contexts and organizations, at the STRINGS Project Workshop on “Perspectives and Policies to steer science, technology and innovation for the SDGs,” organized online by the STRINGS project, UNDP and UKRI , 28th Feb., and 1st March 2022.

“Holding Out Against the Global Fundamentals of Growth: Knowledge and Technology in Asia’s Agri-food systems” Seminar paper presented online at the Seminar on Technological Globalization from Below, organized byCEPED, Universite de Paris, Paris, 23rd February 2022.

“Institutions and the Evolution of Indian Agriculture”, invited lecture delivered (online) as part of the 50th Foundation Year lecture series, at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Trivandrum, on 29th January 2021.

Panelist in the Prakash Gole Memorial Discussion Series, on “Food sufficiency, nutrition deficiency and distributional inefficiency: What does it mean in an ecological context?” Organized by the Friends of Ecological Society and Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment (ATREE), 26th November 2020. (https://www.facebook.com/ecologicalsociety/posts/1419004961767336)

Keynote Address, “Policy Incongruence as Problem: Climate Change and a Possible Paradigm Shift in Indian Agriculture,” at the National Seminar on Agriculture in India: Problems, Policies and Prospects, BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar, 29th February 2020.

Address to Economics Faculty, “Economics and Environmental Decision Making: Post-growth Thinking”, at the MESMAC International Conference 2020, on Applying Theory: Paradigms, Practices and Faultlines, at Muslim Education Society (MES) College, Mampad, Calicut, 15th January 2020.

Keynote Address “Countering ‘Unthinkingness:’  Beyond Number of Women for Excellence in and Relevance of Science” at the Keynote Address at the National Seminar on “Role of Women Scientists in Developing Science and Society in India,” organized by the Asiatic Society, in the Vidyasagar Hall, ASIATIC SOCIETY, Kolkata, 13-14th January 2020.


  • Re-elected Vice President of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (in Dec. 2021).
  • ​Appointed member of the Special Committee of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, from April 2022-March 2025.
  • Elected member, of the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific, of the International Science Council  (ICSU), November 2018- November 2019.
  • TN Khoshoo Memorial Award 2018 –  The theme of this year’s award is ‘Women in Sustainability’ which recognizes the exceptional contribution of women in sustainability research. (Award and lecture on the 19th of November 2018, Satish Dhawan Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore).

Scholarly Activity

1. Journal Papers (Select)

  1. Rajeswari S. Raina 2021. “Conserving Economics for Biodiversity: Reflections on “The Dasgupta Review,” Ecology, Economy and Society – the INSEE Journal.Vol 4 (2):13-19 (https://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v4i2.464)
  2. Rajeswari S. Raina and Keshab Das 2021. Whither Rural India? The Developmental State and Labour at the Margins, in Padmini Swaminathan and Uma Rani (Ed.s) State Capital Nexus: Implications for Labour, Anveshi Broadsheet on Contemporary Politics, March 2021, pp.9-12.(https://www.anveshi.org.in/broadsheet-on-contemporary-politics/broadsheet-pdfs-english-and-telugu/)
  3. Rajeswari S. Raina and Debanjana Dey 2020. “How we know Biodiversity: Institutions and Knowledge-Policy Relationships,” Sustainability Science, Vol. 15: 975-984. (https://rdcu.be/b3txq)
  4. Gerber, Julien-Francois and Rajeswari Raina 2018. “Post-Growth in the global South? Some Reflections from India and Bhutan” Ecological Economics, (online version: Gerber, J.-F., Ecological Economics (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.02.020 -  print version May2018)
  5. Rajeswari S. Raina. 2016. “Water Governance Reform: A hopeful starting point”, Economic and Political Weekly, December 2016. Vol.51 (52): 38-40.
  6. Rajeswari S. Raina (2014) “Beyond Supply Driven Science” Seminar, No. 654. Feb 2014.pp.69-74.
  7. Ravindra A. and Rajeswari S. Raina (2012) “Risk and trust: Collectivising private groundwater borewells in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India,”  Innovation and Development, Vol. 2 (1): 189-191.
  8. Rajeswari S. Raina (2010) “Situating Ethics in Technology and Science,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vo. 45 (23): 25-27.
  9. Feldman, S., Biggs, S. and Raina, R. (2010) “A Messy Confrontation of a Crisis in Agricultural Science”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 45(3):66-71.
  10. Rajeswari S. Raina (2009) “Questioning Temperaments in Agricultural Science,” Seminar, No. 597, pp. 50-54.
  11. Rajeswari S. Raina, Sunita Sangar, Rasheed V. Sulaiman, Andrew J. Hall (2006) “The soil sciences in India: Policy lessons for agricultural innovation” Research Policy, Vol 35 (5): 691-714.
  12. Rajeswari S. Raina and Debanjana Dey 2016. “The Valuation Conundrum: Biodiversity and Science-Policy Interface in India’s  Livestock Sector,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51 (47): 70-78.


  1. Rajeswari S. Raina and Keshab Das (Eds.) 2020. Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India. Springer: Heidelberg/Delhi (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9788132239277).
  2. Julien-Francois Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina (Eds.) 2018. Post-growth thinking in India: Towards Sustainable Egalitarian Alternatives, Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad.
  3. Raina, R. S. (Ed.) 2015. Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad
  4. Feldman, S., Nathan, D., Raina, S., and Hong, Y. (2009) Summary for Decision Makers, East-South-Asia and Pacific (ESAP) report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), Island Press: Washington, D.C. 
  5. IAASTD Synthesis Report Team, (2009) Synthesis Report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), Island Press: Washington, D.C.

Book Chapters (Select):

  1. Rajeswari S. Raina (2021) Science, Technology, and Policy for Sustainable Development. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Özuyar P.G., Wall T. (eds) No Poverty. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69625-6_39
  2. Rajeswari S. Raina and Keshab Das. 2020. Inclusive Innovation: Changing Actors and Agenda, in Raina and Das (Eds.) Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India. Springer: Heidelberg/Delhi, pp. 3-30.
  3. Rajeswari S. Raina. 2020. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Nurturing the Institutional Sine Qua Non for the Informal Sector,in  Raina and Das (Eds.) Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India. Springer: Heidelberg/Delhi, pp 203-230.Keshab Das and Rajeswari S. Raina 2020. Inclusive Innovation: Realizing the Options. in Raina and Das (Eds.) Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India. Springer: Heidelberg/Delhi, pp. 255-270.
  4. Rajeswari S. Raina 2017. Knowledge Futures: Democratic values and learning capacities for sustainability,” in Ashish Kothari and K J Joy (Eds.) Alternative Futures: India Unshackled, Authors Upfront: New Delhi pp. 480-496. 
  5. Rajeswari S. Raina. 2016. Science for a new agricultural policy, in C. Ramasamy and K . R. Ashok (Eds.) Vicissitudes of Agriculture in the Fast Growing Indian Economy, Academic Foundation: New Delhi. pp. 252-266. 
  6. Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. Agriculture and the development burden, in Knut A. Jacobsen (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India, Routledge: London and New York. Pp. 99-117.
  7. Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. Knowing and Administering Food: How do we Explain Persistence? In Reddy C. S. (Ed.) Food Security and Food Production – Institutional Challenges in Governance Domain. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne. pp.11-43.
  8. Yulia Egorova, Rajeswari S. Raina and Kamminthang Mantuong, 2015. An Analysis of the GM Crop Debate in India, in Phil Macnaghten and Susana Carro-Ripalda (Eds) Governing Agricultural Sustainability –Global lessons from GM crops, Earthscan- Routledge, London. Pp. 105-135.
  9. Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. Institutional Rigidities and Impediments – Agricultural research and GM crops in India, in Phil Macnaghten and Susana Carro-Ripalda (Eds) Governing Agricultural Sustainability –Global lessons from GM crops, Earthscan- Routledge, London. Pp. 212-219.

Miscellaneous publications (select):

  1. “Not Weathered: Towards Learning and Change”, Review of Agarwal, R. and Goyal,O. (Ed.s) “Weather Report: The Crisis of Climate Change” (IIC Quarterly Winter 2019-Spring 2020) in The Book Review, (February 2022), Vol. 46 (2): 4-5.
  2. Report: “A Report on the Fifteenth Conference of International Society for Ecological Economics,”   Ecology, Economy and Society – the INSEE journal. Vol.2 (1): 169-172. January 2019 (https://ecoinsee.org/journal/ojs/index.php/ees/article/view/67)
  3. Review of Green Signals: ecology, growth and democracy in India by Jairam Ramesh (2015), in Indian Economic Review, November 2017. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s41775-017-0008-5)
  4. “Attacks on Africans insult Lucy’s womb” The Statesman, June 9th 2016. (http://www.thestatesman.com/news/opinion/attacks-on-africans-insult-lucy-s-womb/147248.html)
  5. “Vitalstatistix and the SDGs” The Statesman, Tuesday, September 29th, 2015. (www.epaper.thestatesman.com/c/6698442)
  6. “Put small holders centre-stage: Call for G7 support to end world hunger and poverty,” by Rajeswari S. Raina, in the alternative, March 11, 2015. (see – www.thealternative.in/society/)
  • Raina, R.S., Mishra, S., Ravindra, A., Balam, D., Gunturu, A. 2022. Reorienting India's Agricultural Policy: Millets and Institutional Change for Sustainability, Journal of Ecological Society, Vol 34 (1): 1-15. (https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.54081/JES.028/01)
  • Raina, R.S. 2022. Not Weathered: Towards Learning and Change, (Book Review: Ravi Agarwal, Omita Goyal (Eds.). Weather Report: The Crisis of Climate Change, IIC Quarterly, Winter2019-Spring2020) in The Book Review, Vol.46 (2) pp 4-5.
  1. "Development Cooperation in a Post-Growth Era". 30th October 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtHvmPbNFQg )
  2. "Post-pandemic India: Interview with Rajeswari Raina and Bejoy Thomas" - An informal discussion with Prof. Roldan Muradian, President,
    International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE)) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD5dbUl3oPY)
  3. "Food Sufficiency, nutrition deficiency and distribution inefficiency: What does this mean in the ecological context?" (Part 3 of the Prakash
    Gole Memorial Discussion Series: Towards Understanding Reality. This panel discussion was chaired by Shir Girish Sohani, BAIF). On
    26/11/2020. (https://www.facebook.com/378202912514218/videos/666786354006458)
  4. "Translating Understanding Into Action for Sustainability" (Part 5 and Final session of the Prakash Gole Memorial Discussion Series:
    Towards Understanding Reality. This panel discussion was chaired by Prof. Sharachchandra Lele, ATREE). On 31/1/2021
  5. " AgroEco2050 - Fifth virtual workshop (WS05) of RySS-CIRAD-FAO" - 27th April 2021 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHx3O8ypITM
    (For presentation by Prof. Raina, watch 2:42:28 to 3:01:16)