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Dr Satyapriya Rout

Dr Satyapriya RoutDr Satyapriya Rout was the Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellow 2012–13 at LSE Asia Research Centre.

Dr Rout is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

At LSE Asia Research Centre, Dr Rout is working on a project titled Inclusion, Equity and Sustainability in India’s Water Sector Reforms: A Study of Policy changes in Rural Drinking Water Supply. For his PhD, Dr Rout worked in the area of Community Based Natural Resource Management focusing on Forests. Having obtained his PhD in Sociology, Dr Rout has been engaged in teaching and research for almost a decade in the broad areas of Environment and Society, Community based Natural Resource Management and Development. He has received grants from Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) to carry out research projects in the areas of Tribal Resistance over Neoliberal Development, and Institutions, Participation and Sustainability in Rural Water Supply. He was also the recipient of the ICSSR Indo-Thai Cultural Exchange Programme to carry out research on Community Forestry in Thailand. 

Research Interests

  • Environment, sustainability and problems of neoliberal development
  • Community based natural resource management
  • Water sector reforms and neo-liberalism
  • Legal pluralism in the context of natural resource management
  • Decentralised governance and development

Selected Publications

  • ‘Land Alienation and Tribal Self-governance in the Context of Conflicts over Neo-liberal Development: A Legal Pluralistic Understanding to Tribal Resistance to Vedanta in Orissa’ in Maarten Bavinck and Amalendu Jyotishi (Ed.) Legal Pluralism in Natural Resource Management. Proceedings of the International Conference on Legal Pluralism in South Asia, organized by Amrita University, Coimbatore, March 29 – 30, 2012. 
  • ‘Collective Action for Sustainable Forestry: Institutional Dynamics in Community Management of Forests in Orissa’, Social Change, Vol. 40 (4): 479 – 502, 2010.
  • ‘Revisiting Baliraja Dam Struggle: A Study of an Environmental Movement in Maharashtra’, Sociological Bulletin, Vol. 58 (3): 325 – 45, 2009.
  • ‘Institutional Reforms in Water Sector: A Cross Country Perspective from South Asia’, International Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 1 (2): 236 – 55, 2009.
  • ‘Water Rights in the Decan Region: Insights from Baliraja and other Water Institutions’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL (2), January 8 – 14, 2005, pg. 149 - 56.
  • ‘Whose Forest is it? Customary Rights and Legal Pluralism in Joint Forest Management in Orissa, India’, Indian Socio-legal Journal, Vol. XXXI: 27 - 42 (special issue on Legal Pluralism in India), 2005.