The Centre des Sciences Humaines of New Delhi carries out research projects in the field of social sciences that contribute towards a better understanding of the contemporary dynamics of development in India, in the regional and international context.
Economics & Development
Head : Bruno Dorin
Other Researchers: N. Gravel, Himanshu
The research conducted in “Economics and Development” is motivated by the need for more inclusive economic growth. The objective of an inclusive growth is especially important for a country like India, which has exhibited, in the last twenty years, an average yearly growth rate of 7% but where still about 33% of the world’s poorest population (as defined by the threshold of $1.90 US/day in purchasing power parity) is concentrated. Indian spectacular growth is also known to exert extremely strong pressure on the environment (soil, air, water, biodiversity…) and ecosystem services.
Research conducted in the department concern specifically two broad areas:
- Growth, employment and structural transformation, with a special emphasis on growth models involving micro-farms, the dynamics of labour productivities, and the challenge of new sociotechnical regimes.
- Poverty, inequality, vulnerability, with the understanding and measurement of the various forms of poverty and inequalities (especially concerning land and natural resources, health, education, social status, and exposure to various risks) and the study of innovative institutional arrangements to improve various accesses or services
Head : Olivier Telle
Research conducted in this axe address issues that concern the spatial localization of social phenomena. The research currently conducted focus on health and environmental risk. They examine how these risks result from urbanization, increased mobility, global warming, and environmental changes, among others. The research also analyze the policies designed by various public institutions (international, national or local) – notably through citizen participation, use of new technologies and Public-Private-Partnership – to alleviate these risks. The research favor a transdisciplinary perspectives that ranges from geography, virology to mathematical modeling.
Politics & Society
Head : Julien Levesque
Other Researchers: S. Banerjee, P. Bhandari, S. Jodhka, J.-T. Martelli
The researches conducted under this section focus on the complexities of the Indian society after liberalization.