The primary challenge of modern human race is to improve well-being across generations an objective now widely recognized as Sustainable Development. This challenge necessitates numerous interventions with respect to each of its components: environmental, social and economic. These range from eradication of hunger and poverty to reduction of inequality; from provision of quality education, good health, decent work environment, water, sanitation, affordable and clean energy to fostering gender equality; from economic growth to effective institutions; from responsible consumption and production to taking urgent actions to combat climate change.
It is widely recognized that informed prescriptions, implementable policies and sustainable practices are vital for securing economic growth, social cohesion and protection of ecosystems--all at the same time. The Department of Policy Studies (DoPS) at TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) aims to contribute to theoretical and empirical enquiry towards such ends, through research, teaching and training.
Faculty of the Department have disciplinary backgrounds in Anthropology, Economics, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics. This diversity enables promotion of multi-disciplinary research and learning at the economy-society-ecology interface. The faculty is engaged in active research in their own disciplines as well as within the broad theme of sustainable development. This is reflected in the body of their publications, sponsored projects, consultancies and training programmes and supervised research. The faculty regularly engage with the scientific community through seminars and conferences, participate in different forums as experts or resource persons, and engage with the general public through lectures, print and digital media.
Dr Sukanya DasHoD and Associate Professor"Dr Sukanya Das is an environmental economist with an interest in environmental valuation and policy. Prior to joining TERI SAS she was a Faculty at Madras School of Economics for more than seven years after completing her Ph.D from Jadavpur University. She has an expertise in handling research projects in the area of environmental and resource economics, water economics and health economics."
The Department embraces the philosophy that policy recommendations for sustainable development must be grounded in rigorous research that engages with alternative schools of thought across disciplines. Such research must be theoretically grounded, socially relevant and empirically rich, besides being linked to historical experiences. The Department, therefore, strives to promote a culture that enables command across disciplines, develops critical thinking and nurtures analytical mind.
The research culture also recognizes that theoretical constructs can also be built through analysing observations from the field and not necessarily the other way round. Faculty members actively encourage students to participate in field surveys, to extract truth from ‘facts’, and to create an organic link between theoretical understanding and field-based experiences. The Department also promotes debate and discussion through workshops, seminars, research colloquiums among others that attract active participation from students and faculty members.
Preferred areas of research interest:
The thematic areas of research at the Department of Policy Studies include but not limited to are as follows:
• Agrarian Relations
• Auction Theory
• Biophysical accounting
• Biotechnology and Society Interface
• Business and Infrastructure Law
• Climate Change, Exclusion and Vulnerability
• Ecology and Politics
• Energy Economics
• Environment and Natural Resources Law
• Globalization and Environment
• Intellectual Property Rights
• Education and Development
• International Economics
• Labour Economics
• Environment and Health
• Mechanism Design
• Natural Resource Economics
• Population, Health and Nutrition Issues
• Social and Individual Choice
• Urban Economics
• Valuation of Ecosystem Services