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)
Block-E Block, Shiv Nadar University
Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
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 sustainability and complexity, (b) Theoretical and policy challenges in millet-based nutrition programmes, (c) Innovation for inclusive development in India and China, and (d) Changes in the knowledge-policy-practice continuum in agriculture-environment relationships. 

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, agrarian and rural studies, science-technology-society studies, rainfed agriculture, agroecology, institutional economics, ecological economics, 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,
Teaching & Research Interests: 

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).
  4. “Policy and Institutional Support for Organic Agriculture: Enabling pathways for Inclusive Sustainable Development,” in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute. Sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DoAC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (2012-14).
  5. “Innovation Systems for Inclusive Development: Lessons from Rural China and India, (SIID)”  In collaboration with Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, and the Central University of Hyderabad, and Chinese collaborators headed by National Institute of Innovation Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. Sponsored by the Innovation, Policy and Science theme of IDRC, Canada (2009-2012), hosted in Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.
  6.  “Policies and Institutions – the architecture of S&T for development in South Asia,” in-house (OLP) project, in collaboration with colleagues in NISTADS and other Indian and South Asian institutes, approved by the Management Committee in NISTADS (2010-12).
  7.  “Development Policy and Science: Towards an Agricultural Science Policy in India”, sponsored by NCAP (NAIP-ICAR), as part of the V-PAGe project under NAIP (World Bank-ICAR), May 2011 to Dec 2011.
  8. “Economics of Agricultural Research and Extension”, a chapter for the ICSSR Social Science Survey 2010-11, sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi (2010-11).
  9. Report on “Peak Oil, Agricultural Production and Trade,” for the Heinrich Boll Foundation, Berlin and MISEREOR, Berlin, as part of the EcoFair Trade Dialogue conducted by HBF, sponsored by the European Union (2009)
  10. “Fostering Bio-Innovation in Asia: Ways Forward. A research support strategy for IDRC Asia,” for the Innovation, Technology, Society theme. (Sponsored by IDRC, Canada, (Singapore Office)2007)
  11. “Poverty impact pathways and livelihoods patterns in the Indo-Gangetic Plains – A Synthesis of Lessons for Priority Setting in the Rice Wheat Consortium, CIMMYT-IRRI,” (Sponsored by CIMMYT, New Delhi, December 2005-January 2007)
  12. “New insights into promoting rural innovation: Learning from civil society organizations about the effective use of innovation in development,” In collaboration with UNU/INTECH, CRISP, NCAP, and Livelihood Services. (Sponsored by UNU/INTECH, 2004-2006)
  13. “Institutions for poverty reduction: understanding and enabling institutional changes that promote pro-poor post-harvest innovation.” In collaboration with Centre for Technology and Development, New Delhi, UNU/INTECH, Maastricht, and in partnership with other relevant organizations/consultants. (Sponsored by Natural Resources International, UK, 2005)
  14.  “Institutional Learning and Change: A Capacity Development Approach to Exploring and Strengthening post harvest innovation systems in South Asia,” In collaboration with NCAP (ICAR), ICRISAT, Univ. of Strathclyde, and Livelihod Solutions, Ltd. (Sponsored by NR International, DFID, 2003 to 2005)
  15. “Agricultural science and the environment: towards institutional reform”. (In-house research project, completed in NISTADS, 2004)
  16. “Ecological Economics for Sustainable Agriculture: Valuation indicators for Evaluation of Soil Science Research in India.” (Sponsored project completed in NISTADS–funded by the National Agricultural Technology Project, ICAR- World Bank, 2001-2004. (project details prior to 2000-01 can be mailed on request)

Research Output:


Papers in Journals:

Rajeswari S. Raina and Debanjana Dey 2020. “How we know Biodiversity: Institutions and Knowledge-Policy Relationships,” Sustainability Science, Vol 15: 975-984. (online 10.1007/s11625-019-00774-w)  (https://rdcu.be/b3txq)

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)

Rajeswari S. Raina. 2016. “Water Governance Reform: A hopeful starting point”, Economic and Political Weekly, December 2016. Vol.51 (52): 38-40.

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.

Rajeswari S. Raina, Vishwanath Reddy, Kingsley Immanuel and Ramesh Kumar 2014. Funding Decentralized Agricultural Research in India, Yojana, Dec. 2014. pp.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2014) “Beyond Supply Driven Science” Seminar, No. 654. Feb 2014.pp.69-74.

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.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2010) “Situating Ethics in Technology and Science,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vo. 45 (23): 25-27

Rajeswari S. Raina (2010) “Warum Halt der Weltagrarbericht das Potenzial der Kleinbauern, den Hunger zu Reduziern, fur so Gross?” Boll Thema, May 2010, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Berlin.

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.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2009) “Questioning Temperaments in Agricultural Science,” Seminar, No. 597, pp. 50-54.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Archita Bhatta (2008) “Policy Bungling: Incentives for Public Sector S&T in India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43 (43): 16-19.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2006) “Researching the Drylands,” Seminar, No. 546. August 2006, pp 25-29.

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.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Sunita Sangar, (2006) “Confronting complexity: the Evolution of Soil Science Research in India, 1980-2001,”  Trends in Soil Science, Bulletin of the Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS), No. 23. ISSS: New Delhi. Pp. 116-141.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2006) “Need for Public Debate – the Indo-US Knowledge Initiative”, Economic and Political Weekly: pp. 1622-1624.     .

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003). “Institutions and organizations: enabling reforms in Indian agricultural research and policy,” International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, Vol 2 (2): 97-116.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003) “Disciplines, institutions and organizations: Impact assessments in context,” Agricultural Systems, Vol. 78 (2): 185-212.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003).”Biotechnology in the Indian National Agricultural Research System: A Case for Institutional Reform,” Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Vol. 5 (3): pp. 27-56.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003). “Innovation Capability for Agricultural biotechnology: Policy Issues,” Biotechnology and Development Monitor.-Jubilee issue. No.50 (3): 29-31.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Sunita Sangar (2002) “Water Quality, Agricultural Policy and Science,” Knowledge, Technology and Policy, Vol.14 (4): 109-125.

R.S. Raina and I.P. Abrol (2002) “Learning to Change,” (Meeting report) Current Science, Vol. 83 (5): 547-548.

Rajeswari S. Raina, (2000) “Water: An agenda for change”, World Affairs, Vol 4 (4): 72-85.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (2000) “Countering Seasonal Rural Problems: Integrated Participatory Information System”, Economic and Political Weekly ,  Vol.  35 (37): 3335-3342.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1999) “Patronage and Evaluation in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research,”  Evaluation , Vol. 5 (3): 278-302.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1999). “Professionalisation and Evaluation: The case of Indian agricultural research”, Knowledge, Technology and Policy.  Vol. 11 (4): 69- 96.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1997) “Public Patronage and Political Neutrality in Agricultural Research: Lessons from British experience,” the Economic and Political Weekly,  Vol.32 (39): 2473-2485.

Rajeswari S. (1995). “Agricultural Research Effort:  Conceptual Clarity and Measurement”, World Development , Vol. 23(4 ):  617-635.

Rajeswari S. (1992). “Teaching of Agricultural Economics in State Agricultural Universities in India: A Comment”, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 47 (1): 117-125.


Rajeswari S. Raina and Keshab Das (Eds.) 2020. Inclusive Innovation: Evidence and Options in Rural India. Springer: Delhi/Heidelberg.

Julien-Francois Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina (Eds.) 2018. Post-growth thinking in India: Towards Sustainable Egalitarian Alternatives, Orient BlackSwan: Hyderabad.

Raina, R. S. (Ed.) 2015. Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi 

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.

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.

Hall, A.J., B. Yoganand, R.V. Sulaiman, Rajeswari S. Raina, C. Shambu Prasad, Guru C. Naik and N.G. Clark (Ed.s) (2004)  Innovations in innovation: reflections on partnership, institutions and learning, CPHP South Asia, ICRISAT, and NCAP: ICRISAT, Patancheru and New Delhi.

Chapters in Books

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. “Technological and Institutional Change: India’s Development Trajectory in an Innovation Systems Framework”, in Shome, P. and Sharma, P.(Ed.s) Emerging Economies – Food and Energy Security, and Technology and Innovation, Springer: New Delhi. Pp. 329-352.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. “Values Matter” in Raina R. S. (Ed) Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi pp. 1-19.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. “Climate Science, Agriculture and the Policy Juke Box” in Raina R. S. (Ed) Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi pp. 242-259.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. “Conclusion – Engaging with the Value Problem” in Raina R. S. (Ed) Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values. Orient Blackswan: New Delhi pp. 260-277.

Rajeswari S. Raina and K. Mandal (Ed.s) 2014. Section 4- Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment, in Pohit et al (Ed.s)  India S&T Report, (including 23 chapters by 17 authors),  Cambridge University –Foundation Press and CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi. pp.410-531.

Rajeswari S. Raina, 2014. “Skills and Employment: The Macro-economic context” in Section No.4. Raina and Mandal (Ed.s) “Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment”in Pohit et al (Ed.s) India S&T Report, Foundation Press and CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi. Pp.410-414.

Rajeswari S. Raina, 2014. “Service Sector Growth, S&T and Rural Employment”, in Raina and Mandal (Ed.s) “Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment” in Pohit, S. et al (Eds.) India S&T Report, Foundation Press and CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi.pp. 414-419.

Rajeswari S. Raina, 2014.  “Agricultural S&T and Extension: Development Services”, in Raina and Mandal (Ed.s) “Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment” in Pohit etal (Ed.s) India S&T Report, Foundation Press and CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi.pp.427-434.

Rajeswari S. Raina, 2014. “S&T Applications in the context of Service Sector Expenditure”, in Raina and Mandal (Ed.s) “Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment” in Pohit etal (Ed.s) India S&T Report, Foundation Press and CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi. 469-477.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2014) “Understanding Institutions and Cumulative Causation: To Enable Rural Transformation in India,” in Mandal , K., and Kirdina, S. (Eds.), Socio-Economic and Technological Innovations:Mechanisms and Institutions, Narosa:New Delhi.  pp. 25-37.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2014) “Double or Green: Towards Green Agro-ecological Revolution”, inInnovation for Sustainable Development, Edited by Jean-Yves Grosclaude, Rajendra K. Pachauri and Laurence Tubiana, AFD, IDDRI and TERI, Paris, New Delhi. pp 67-73.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2012) “Agriculture in the Environment: Are sustainable climate friendly production systems possible in India?” in The Handbook of Climate Change and India, N. Dubash (Ed.), Oxford University Press: New Delhi. Pp. 317-327.

Rajeswari Raina, K. Mandal, M. Rais, K. Joshi and S. Khan (2012) S&T for Rural Development (chapter 5) in India S&T Report, 2010-11, NISTADS: New Delhi. (download at : www.nistads.res)

Rajeswari S. Raina (2011) “’Institutional strangleholds: the evolution of agricultural research in India” in Narayana, D. and Mahadevan R. (Ed.) Shaping India, Routledge, New Delhi, pp.99-123.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2009) “Innovation for eco-friendly development – towards institutional reform in scientific research and policy-making,” in Guimaraes-Perreira and Funtowicz (Eds.) Science for Policy, Oxford University Press: London and New Delhi, pp. 312-327.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2008) “Interactive Policy Research for Rural Innovation,” in Wickremasinghe, S. I. and Gupta, V. K. (Eds.) Science and Technology Policy and Indicators for Development: Perspectives from Developing Countries,  NAM S&T Center: New Delhi. Pp. 230-253.

Mirza, M., Raina, R.S.. Matysek, A. and Ma, S. (2008) Agricultural Change and its Drivers: A regional outlook, in the 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.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Rasheed Sulaiman V. (2007) “From technology Development and Dissemination to Learning Approaches: Institutional Change for Rural Development,” in Ballabh, V (Ed.)Institutional Alternatives and Governance in Agriculture,   Academic Foundation: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina, Andrew J. Hall and Rasheed V. Sulaiman (2004) “Institutional Learning: From BNF Technologies to BNF Innovation Systems,” in Rachid Serrraj (Ed.) Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation, Oxford and IBH: New Delhi. Pp. 277- 299.

Hall A J, Sulaiman R V, Yoganand B, Raina R S, Clark N G, and Naik G. (2003). “Institutional learning and change: towards a capacity- building agenda for research. A review of recent research on Post-harvest innovation systems in South Asia,” in Hall A J, Yoganand B, Sulaiman R V, and Clark N G. (eds.). 2003. Post-harvest innovations in innovation: reflections on partnership and learning. Crop Post-Harvest Programme(CPHP), South Aisa,c/0 international Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Patancheru 502324, Andhra Pradesh, India: Crop Post-Harvest Programme South Asia. Pages 123- 146.

Hall A J, Sulaiman R V, and Raina R S. (2003). “Institutional learning and innovation: origins and implications for future research and capacity building,” inHall A J, Yoganand B, Sulaiman R V, and Clark N G. (eds.). 2003. Post-harvest innovations in innovation: reflections on partnership and learning. Crop Post-Harvest Programme(CPHP), South Aisa,c/0 international Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Patancheru 502324, Andhra Pradesh, India: Crop Post-Harvest Programme South Asia. Pages 147-154.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003) “Institutions and organizations: Agricultural policy, research and extension,” in Pal, S., Mruthyunjaya, Joshi, P.K. and Saxena R. (Eds.) Institutional Change in Indian Agriculture, National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research: New Delhi. Pp. 205-228.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2002) “Agricultural Science and the Social Sciences: An Uneasy Relationship,” in Kumar et al (ed) Behind the Blackboard – Contemporary Perspectives on Indian Education- Vol. II, SFI Publications: New Delhi:176-194.

Rajeswari S. Raina and Sunita Sangar (2001) “Ecological Economics for Evaluation of Agricultural Research: The Case of Soil Science Research in India,” in Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE), Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development, Academic Foundation: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2001) “Institutions and Organizations: Agricultural Policy, Research and Extension”, in Invited papers for the National Seminar on Institutional Change for Greater Agricultural Technology Impact, National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi. March 13-14, 2001.

Rajeswari S. Raina, Anand Sharma and Zia Mohammed, (2000) “Land Information Systems for Livelihood Security”, in CSDMS (Ed.) Proceedings of the National Conference on Land Information System, Center for Spatial Data Management Systems: New Delhi. 

Policy Briefs/ Reports / Working Papers:

Rajeswari Raina 2017. Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Reimagining Purposes and Opportunities, Submitted to ICSSR (NRC) and DST-SERB, report of the Symposium organizedby SNU and JNU (CSSP) in Shiv Nadar University, 16-17 January 2017.

Rajeswari Raina and Richa Kumar. May 2017. Summary Report “India’s Soils: Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces for Sustainable Futures,”  submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, report of the Conference on India’s Soils, organized by IIT Delhi, Shiv Nadar University, WASSAN and RRA- Network, in 26-28 February 2017.

Report of the Consultation on “Strategies for Managing Droughts-Need for Aligning Science and Public Policy” organized by CSIR-NISTADS, SPWD, DSF and RRA Network, in CSIR-NISTADS, on 3rdJune 2016.

Rajeswari S. Raina 2015. “Food for thought: Policy Options for India’s Food Processing Industry,” ISTIP Policy Bulletin No. 11. CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi. August 2015.

Rajeswari S. Raina, A. Ravindra, M V Ramachandrudu, and S. Kiran, 2015.“Reviving Knowledge: India’s Rainfed Farming, Variability and Diversity, IIED Briefing Paper, August 2015, IIED: London (http://pubs.iied.org/17307IIED.html?k=india)

“Berlin Memorandum on Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallholders”, Input for the Conference “Setting the Course for a World Without Hunger – North-South Dialogue on the Role of the G7”, prepared as part of a collaborative team, of scientists, civil society organizations and policy makers, from India, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Germany, Bolivia and Peru (www.welthungerhilfe.de) and presented to the German Parliamentarians and other stakeholders in the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Berlin, 4th February,2015.

Rajeswari Raina and Julien Francois Gerber 2014, Report on the “Symposium on Growth, Green Growth or Degrowth? New Critical Directions for India’s Sustainability” submitted to TERI University and NISTADS, as organizers, and Ford Foundation, ICSSR-NRC, and INSEE as sponsors, Dec. 2014. (www.ecoinsee.org)

Rajeswari S. Raina, Sunita Sangar and P. Ramasundaram (2014 – forthcoming), Development policy and S&T: Research policy for Indian agriculture, Report submitted to the NCAP (NAIP- VPAGe) project, CSIR-NISTADS: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina, 2014. Policies and the Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship in India: Tight-rope walk to a potential runway, Villgro Research Paper, Villgro and IDRC: Chennai, India and Canada.

Workshop Proceedings (by the Organizing Committee, I. P. Abrol, B. Venkateswarlu, Peter Kenmore, Rajeswari Raina, A. Ravindra): National Workshop: Rainfed Farming Systems Programme under 12th Five Year Plan – Evolving an Operational Framework, organized by CRIDA and RRA-Network, with support from FAO (UN) and the Planning Commission, Government of India, in CRIDA,  Hyderabad, 14-15 May 2013. RRA-Network and CRIDA, Hyderbad.

Rajeswari Raina and Vijaya Shankar P. S. (2011) “Rainfed Agriculture: Enabling New Ruls of the Game,” SIID Policy Options, No.1, December 2011, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2011) “Agriculture and Trade after the Peak Oil”  EcoFair Trade Dialogue, Discussion Paper, February 2011, Heinrich Boll Foundation and MISEREOR, Berlin.(www.ecofairtrade.org)

SIID Communique (2010) ‘“Inclusion” in Systems of Innovation,’ Systems of Innovation for Inclusive Development, SIID Communique 2., SIID project team, New Delhi, India.

SIID Communique (2009) “Do we need Innovation Systems for Rural Development?” Systems of Innovation for Inclusive Development, SIID Communique 1, SIID project team, New Delhi, India

Sunita Sangar, R. S. Raina and I. P. Abrol (2006) “Sustainable Agriculture: The role of Professional Associations in the Agricultural Sciences,” Meeting Report, CASA, June 2006.

NAIP Scenario Planning Team - Kees van der Heidjen, Rajeswari S. Raina, Suresh Pal, Sachin Chaturvedi, S. Chandrashekhar, Willem Janssen, Eija Pehu. (2006) “Scenario Planning – to guide investments in agricultural innovation in India” for the National Agricultural Innovation Project, World Bank- ICAR, New Delhi.

Andy Hall (Ed.) (2005) RIPWiG Reporter, No.1 - Analysis and Comparison of Government Schemes for Rural Development, for Rural innovation Policy Working Group, December 2005.

Andy Hall, Rajeswari Raina, Rasheed Sulaiman, Norman Clark, Shambu Prasad and Guru Naik (2005) “Institutional Learning and Change: A review of concepts and principles,” Policy Brief No. 21. May 2005. National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research NCAP(ICAR): New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2003) “Technological and Institutional Innovations: A Case Study of Pomegranate Production and Marketing” (a case study of micro-irrigation technologies for the rural poor) IDE(I) Report, No. 21, International Development Enterprises (India): New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2002) “R&D Capability Needs for Ag-Biotech in Developing Countries” in Velho (Ed.) “Agricultural Biotechnology”, Technology Policy Brief No. 2. UNU / INTECH. Maastricht.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (2002) “Sustainability and Democracy: An Ecological Economics Analysis of Decision-making in the Agricultural Sciences”.  (unpublished monograph under refereeing) forthcoming Research Report No.2, Ecological Economics unit, Malardalens University, Vasteras, Sweden. 2002.

Rajeswari S. Raina (2001) “The need for common ethical ground in agro-biotechnology,” Viewpoints in the Science, Technology and Innovation Program of the CID, Harvard University. 5, April 2001 (www.cid.harvard.edu/cidbiotech/comments/comments116.htm)

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1999) “Evaluation in Agricultural Research: Ecological Economics for Research Decision-Making”, NISTADS Working Paper, May 1999.

Sunita Sangar and Rajeswari S. Raina. (1998) “Ex-post  evaluation of technologies for the improvement of alkaline soils: some methodological issues” NISTADS Working Paper 1998.  NISTADS: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1997) “Professionalization and Evaluation in Indian Agricultural Research”, Discussion Paper, No. 97 - 9, ISNAR: the Hague. December 1997.

Rajeswari S. Raina. (1996) “The Evolution of Indian Agricultural Research: Organizational Insights”, Discussion Paper, No.96-2. ISNAR: the Hague. September 1996.

Rajeswari S. (1995) “Institutionalization of the State Agricultural University in India:  to produce public goods?”, NISTADS Working Paper 1995,   NISTADS: New Delhi.

Ramasamy, C., K.P.C. Rao, S. Selvarajan, Suresh Pal, and S. Rajeswari. (1994) (mimeo)  “Action Plan for Agricultural Research Priority Setting at the Zonal Research Stations”, National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP), The World Bank, New Delhi. September 1994.

Rajeswari S. (1994) “Does Indian Agriculture need a Centralized Research System?  Issues and Evidences”, NISTADS Working Paper 1994,   NISTADS: New Delhi.

Rajeswari S. (1987) Performance Analysis of Cashew Industry in Quilon District, Kerala. Unpublished M.Sc. (Ag.) dissertation, submitted to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Other interests / involvements:

Network/ advisory association with a wide range of rural development organizations (NGOs, private sector, public and quasi-public like markets/co-operatives and policy agencies) in the agriculture and non-farm sectors.

Life Member, Indian Society for Ecological Economics.

Member Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Learrning Forum (INSEE) and Member of the Jury of the Georgescu-Roegen Awards instituted by TERI (since 2012) for “Unconventional thinking” and for “Bio-economic practice”.

Member, Re-Searching Rainfed Agriculture (ResRA) of the RRA Network (Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture).

Specific interests, contacts and field experience in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Haryana, and Jammu&Kashmir.

Life member, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.

Member, The Network of Women Professionals in the Water Sector in South Asia, Sri Lanka.

Member, Delhi Science Forum.

Member, Voluntary Savings Group of the Priyadarshini Mahila Samajam,   Vandannoor village, Balaramapuram, Kerala.  An experiment to encourage asset creation among rural women, based on an understanding of their income and expenditure patterns.

National and international development consultancy services

Review and evaluation of projects on social action and income generation, implemented and sponsored by voluntary groups /other donors.

Conferences (Select): 

Workshops/ Seminars/ Conferences Organized:

Organized National Convention on “Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture - Restructuring Policy and Public Investments to Address Agrarian Crisis,” and the Session on “Living Soils and Agroecology” in collaboration with the National Rainfed Areas Authority  (NRAA), National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) and the Revitalization of Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA Network), Shiv Nadar University (SNU) and other partners, at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. on February 14-15, 2019.

Organized the Workshop on Environmental Justice, Ecological Economics and Water Infrastructure in Northeast India: Hydropower and Waterways, as a collaborative workshop by the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India (SOPPECOM, Pune), Coventry University (UK), Aaranyak (Guwahati), Water Resources Management Group of Wageningen University (Netherlands), C-PACT of Shiv Nadar University (Dadri), IIT Guwahati and Peace and Conflict Studies of Sikkim University (Gangtok), at the Indian Institute of Bank Management, Guwahati, 2nd-4th March 2019.

Organized the Symposium on “Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy”, Sponsored by Vigyan Prasar, DST and C-PACT, SNU, in India International Centre: New Delhi 16-17 January 2018.

Organized the Conference on “India’s Soils: Science-Policy-Practice Interfaces for Sustainable Futures” as a collaboration between IIT, Delhi, Shiv Nadar University and the Revitalisation of Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network, in IIT Delhi, 27-29th February 2017.

Organized the Symposium on “SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities,” in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNU, in collaboration with CSSP, JNU, in Shiv Nadar University, Dadri, 16-17th January 2017.

Organized a book discussion on “Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives,”Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (Editors), APN Global Change Research, on 19th July 2016.

Organized aConsultation on “Strategies for Managing Droughts-Need for Aligning Science and Public Policy” in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development (SPWD), Delhi Science Forum (DSF) and the Revitalisation of Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRA), in NISTADS, on 3rdJune 2016.

Organized a brainstorming consultation on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at WASSAN, Tarnaka, Hyderabad, as part of a proposed paper on Agronomies of Risk and Resilience, to be included in the WASSAN- RRA Network study supported by IIED, London, on Valuing Variability and Building Resilience in Dryland/Rainfed Farming Systems, on 24th November 2015.

Organized a one day Technical Advisory Group Meeting on the RRA Network-CRIDA programme on “Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Capacities for Sustainable Rainfed Agro-ecosystems of India,” proposed to be supported by DST- SEED Division, Government of India, in NISTADS on 18th November 2015.

Organized a panel discussion on “Valuing Variability: New Perspectives on Climate Resilient Drylands Development”, as a collaborative event organized by NISTADS, CSSP (JNU), RRA Network and RLN, in JNU, 21 August 2015.

Symposium on “Growth, green growth or degrowth? New critical directions for India’s sustainability,” organized in collaboration with Julien Fracois-Gerber, TERI University, at the India Habitat Centre, sponsored by Ford Foundation, ICSSR-Northern Regional Centre, and INSEE, 12-13th September 2014.


  • 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).