Monday, March 19, 2018

CSSP Talk "Planning for Sustainable Mobility in Indian Cities" by Deepty Jain, TERI SAS | 26th March

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU


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Talk on


Planning for Sustainable Mobility in Indian Cities


Ms. Deepty Jain

TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi

Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Monday, 26th March 2018

Abstract: Low carbon mobility in Indian cities should ensure safe accessibility to people irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds (gender, income and caste) in a way that does not compromise the environment and helps in reducing the carbon content of urban transport system. Mobility planning in India follows conventional 'Predict and Provide' approach. Ministry of Urban Development, India issued a toolkit to prepare comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) for cities in 2008 with an aim to improve the mobility of the people. However, outcomes of the CMPs prepared using the toolkit-2008 were no different from the previous approach of 'predict and provide'. The revised toolkit (R-toolkit) was prepared during the period 2012-2014 to enable the preparation of Low Carbon Mobility Plans (LCMP) for Indian cities. The R-toolkit provides improvement in the methodology defined in the toolkit-2008. The R-toolkit was issued to three different consultants to prepare LCMP for three Indian cities i.e. Rajkot, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam. This study reviews the toolkit-2008, the R-toolkit, randomly selected CMPs of three Indian cities (Chandigarh, Patna and Pune) prepared using the toolkit-2008 and LCMPs prepared for the three cities (Rajkot, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam) using the R-toolkit. The review is conducted based on three components – indicator set, travel demand models and application of scenario analysis. The review helps in identifying gaps in the methodology defined in the toolkit-2008 and adaptability of the R-toolkit for preparing the LCMPs. The three components help in evaluating the existing situation, understand the travel behavior, estimate the relative impacts of alternate scenarios and prioritize strategies. These are useful in planning development path for cities that can lead towards achieving low carbon mobility. Insights from the discussions with the consultants involved in preparing the LCMPs are also presented. This helps in identifying the related practical issues faced during the preparation of the LCMP.     

About the Speaker: Mrs. Deepty Jain holds M.Plan in Infrastructure planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and M.Sc. in Urban Development and Management from ITC, Netherlands. She was amongst the three students from CEPT University to be selected for fully funded dual degree program funded by Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF). Mrs. Jain is pursuing PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi on low carbon mobility planning in Indian cities. She has more than seven years of research experience in the areas of urban complexities and dynamics, transport policies, sustainable mobility and socio-environmental impacts. Prior to joining TERI University, she was employed as Project Scientist at Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. She has contributed in the development of revised toolkit for Comprehensive Mobility Planning published in 2014 by Ministry of Urban Development. Other than the research conducted at IIT Delhi, she has delivered lectures in several training programs organized by government departments.


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Audio Recording of CSSP Talk "Donguibogam: The Exemplar of Medicine by Eastern Doctor" is now available

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Donguibogam: The Exemplar of Medicine by Eastern Doctor


Prof Dongwon Shin, Republic of Korea

Delivered on Monday, 19th February 2018.


Abstract: Donguibogam is the most famous medical book during pre-modern Korea, and East Asian Medicine. This talk is followed by a short introduction about "Science and Civilization in Korea" series during 2010-2020 (30 volumes in Korean, 7 volumes in English).   

About the Speaker: Dr. Dongwon Shin is a Professor at Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea.


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Audio Recording of CSSP Talk "Altmetrics: Price's Legacy Meeting Garfield's Dream" is now available

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 Altmetrics: Price's Legacy Meeting Garfield's Dream


Dr Bidyarthi Dutta

Delivered on Wednesday, 14th March 2018.

 Abstract: In his classic masterpiece, Little Science, Big Science and Beyond, De Solla Price foresaw the hitherto future paradigm shift in the world of science. He observed a logistic growth pattern in basic sciences. This pattern was undergone through several transitions with the introduction of some empirical laws of Bradford, Lotka et al. Meanwhile, a new signal brought the new resonance over the world of scientometrics, i.e. Garfield's discovery of Citation Indexing Systems. Merton's contributions on Sociology of Science unveiled another canvas to make the then scientometrics picturesquely rational. The introduction of open access movement since mid-eighties, Google, Wiki, Social networking et al brought paradigm shift on traditional or classical scientometric scenario. Today's Scientometrics needs a comprehensive interpretation in terms of all its basic components, i.e., today scientometric study is mostly used on determining academic evaluation metrics. Now, no evaluation metrics could be static in terms of its basic components, hence the scientometric study should be more dynamic. Its components should be changed over different time in different contexts. Its thus the high time to begin new and new experiments on this area.     

About the Speaker: Dr Bidyarthi Dutta is an Assistant Professor at Vidysagar University, West Bengal. He has special interests in scientometrics and history of science.

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Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is seeking Post-Doctoral Fellows to join its vibrant intellectual environment within the Academics and Research programme at IIHS.
While Fellows are hired institutionally at IIHS, each is hired into a specific and on-going research-based project. These projects are the Fellow's first home within the institution. They are thus expected to account for up to half of the Fellow's time, though this can vary for different projects. The remaining time is equally split between the Fellow's own research and writing as well as their participation in IIHS institutional roles. These roles include: teaching in on-going academic or capacity building programmes, participating in the internal conference and seminar series, and supporting institutional processes.
IIHS has created an internationally-recognised programme that allows Post-Doctoral Fellows to grow and be mentored for their future careers. All Fellows are thus paired with specific mentors within IIHS (within or outside their core research project). A Fellow's mentorship and progress is tracked through quarterly performance reviews that help Fellows attain their individual and institutional goals during their time at IIHS.
A select set of Fellows have been drawn into the IIHS faculty over the last few years. Others have gone on to take up positions in leading international universities.
Post-Doctoral fellowships typically have one or two-year terms, and some may be extendable.

Areas: Urban Informality and Urban Economies, Metropolitan Development and Land Based Financing for Urban Infrastructure and Development, Urban Energy Systems, Geospatial Analysis, Urban Infrastructure and Governance, Urban Food Systems, Urban Health and Social Protection.

Last Date: 31 March 2018

CfPs: National Conference "India after a Quarter Century of Economic Reforms: The Benefits and Costs" | 18-19 May | Sikkim University, Gangtok

2-day National Conference on "India after a Quarter Century of Economic Reforms: The Benefits and Costs"
18-19 May, 2018
Venue: Department of Economics, Sikkim University, Gangtok

Theme: India after a Quarter Century of Economic Reforms -- The Benefits and Costs

Call for Papers
India launched its market-oriented reforms in 1991. The fundamental objective of these measures was to bring about rapid and sustained improvement in the quality of life of the people of India through sustained growth in income and productive employment. More than a quarter of a century has elapsed since the implementation of these ambitious reforms. Views on the impact of these structural reforms on various sectors of the Indian economy are divergent. While some economists and analysts highlight the significant gains to the economy in terms of acceleration of growth, trade and market expansion and industrial competitiveness, among other things, there are others who vehemently argue that economic success has not contributed expected outcomes in social indicators. Which is why these skeptics point to the surging inequality in income, low rate of employment creation and sluggishness in agriculture to question the much-touted success of these 1991 reforms. Critics aver that it is no secret that the country witnessed its slowest social improvement during this period, and that, specifically, educational and health indicators grew at a substantially slower rate. The recent slump in growth and greater tendency toward protection have further strengthened the arguments of these critics. In the wake of these conflicting views, a serious deliberation on the benefits and costs of reforms has remained elusive. The 1991 reforms is more than 25 years old now, and perhaps time is more ripe than ever to discuss and deliberate on their achievements, limits and limitations.
In this context, the Department of Economics, Sikkim University, proposes to organize a 2-day national conference on 'India after a Quarter Century of Economic Reforms -- The Benefits and Costs' during 18-19 May, 2018. The conference is expected to offer an opportunity for policy makers, academicians, researchers and leading social scientists to dwell on the transformation of the Indian economy in the past two-and-a-half decades of economic reforms. Along with reviewing the story of the reforms over the past 25 years, the participants will also get to deliberate on newer ideas for the next quarter of a century that can help India reduce poverty and inequality, and embark on the path of growth and sustainability. The conference expects to bring together policy makers, academicians, researchers and leading social scientists to discuss threadbare various issues that include Growth, Role of Institutions, Public Finance, Infrastructure, Urban Development, Health, Education, Energy, Environment, Poverty and Inequality, Industry, Land, and Labor, International Trade and Financial Liberalization, and Agriculture. The aforesaid topics are only indicative and certainly not exhaustive.
A special session will also be devoted for the papers based on various aspects of the economy of Sikkim.

Paper Submission: Full-length papers (not more than 10,000 words, including an abstract of around 150 words) along with full contact details of the author(s) must be submitted to the conference organizer at the following e-mail ID: on or before 26th April, 2018. All papers submitted for possible presentation at the Conference are subjected to a double-blind, peer review process. Decision on whether paper submissions have been accepted for the Conference will be communicated by May 1st, 2018. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of a reputed journal or in an edited book by a reputed international publisher.

Travel and Local Hospitality: Expenses toward travel and local hospitality (Boarding, lodging and local transport) of the paper presenters will be borne by the conference organizer (for the lead author/one presenter only, if the paper is jointly authored).

About Sikkim University: Sikkim University, established by an Act of Parliament of India, came into existence on 2 July 2007. Currently, the University has 32 full-fledged academic departments, organized under 6 schools of studies, offering Master, MPhil and PhD programme. The University is home to more than 165 faculty members, 115 non-teaching staff and 2060 students. Currently, it is functioning from the rented buildings, located at Gangtok -- the capital city of Sikkim. Its permanent campus is coming up at Yangang (South Sikkim), about 56 kilometers away from the Gangtok. The University has been accredited with grade 'B' by the NAAC. Although only 9 years old, Sikkim University has been listed among India's top 200 universities (out of 720 odd universities in the country) according to EW National University Rankings 2015. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra (8 km from Siliguri, West Bengal) and the distance between Bagdogra and Gangtok is about 124 km. A helicopter service is also operated daily between Bagdogra and Gangtok by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP), which is 125 kms from Gangtok. All trains to and from Northeast India stop at this junction. Gangtok is well-connected by road with Siliguri by the NH 10. There are regular bus services between Gangtok and Siliguri. Regular taxis/ shared vehicles are also available from Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Gangtok.

About Department of Economics: The department of Economics was set up in 2010 as an institution for advanced studies and research in economics. Since then, the department has been at the forefront of post-graduate teaching and research in economics. The department offers Post-Graduate (MA), MPhil and Doctoral (PhD) programmes in Economics, which draws a fair number of applicants from all over the country. At present, the department is managed by seven (7) faculty members and two support staff. The programmes offered by the department have a strong theoretical and quantitative focus with an emphasis on empirical application. Their hallmark is the dynamic curriculum offered, which is continuously reviewed and updated in line with the latest developments in the subject. The thrust areas of research of the faculty members include agricultural economics, development economics, informal sector, industrial economics, environmental economics, public finance and among others.

Important Dates:
Last date for submission of the full paper: 26th April 2018
Notification of acceptance of full paper: May 1st, 2018
Conference Date: 18-19 May, 2018

CfPs: 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference | Bengaluru, 3–7 December

14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference
Satellite meetings: 3–4 December 2018 
Main Congress: 5–7 December 2018
Venue: St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru

Congress Organisers: Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, & SOCHARA

Theme: Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics

Call for Papers/ Workshops, pre-Congress Symposia
Presentation of papers, posters, workshops, pre-Congress symposia and Congress will be organised around the Congress theme and sub-themes and will also include themes from within the broader discipline of bioethics. Abstracts that critically discuss cutting-edge themes and concepts in bioethics and those that describe research findings or project outcomes will be preferred for the Congress.

Last date for Abstract submissions: 8 April 2018

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women and Climate Stress: Role Reversal from Beneficiaries to Expert Participants

Women and Climate Stress: Role Reversal from Beneficiaries to Expert Participants
by Anamika Dey, Gurdeep Singh, and Anil K. Gupta, World Development, 2018, Volume 103, Pages 336-359. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.07.026.

- Women cope with climate risks through sharing knowledge, labor, and material resources.
- 4E-exchange, expertise, ethics, and environmental consciousness explain their agency.
- Knowledge of Weeds as nutritional supplement is vital at different crop stages.
- Lateral learning platform enhances women's climate risk adjustment potential.
- Traditional knowledge of women about weed, weather, and water relevant for coping.

Summary: Women, especially in the marginalized communities of the high-risk regions prone to flood and drought are considered most vulnerable to climate change risks. They play a very important role in household nutrition management and resource management in terms of labor, off-farm products, and small savings. n the absence of help from formal and informal R and D and technology institutions, their knowledge and resources' exchange system has to be very robust to cope with the seasonal shortages arising due to climate fluctuations. The study found that these exchanges, spilling over caste or class boundaries, serve as valuable informal safety nets and contribute to household resilience. Researchers seeking to strengthen community coping strategies should pursue such polices and institutional interventions which strengthen women's resource exchange and exploitation mechanisms. We offer in the end a 4-E model involving exchange, expertise, ethics, and environmental consciousness which describes how these empower women and help in articulation of their unique coping strength at intra- and inertcommunity levels. Lateral learning among community members sustains and enhances over time collective and household coping strategies with climate risks.

Keywords: gender, climate adaptation, food availability, India

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