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New Book - India’s Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values

Edited by : Raphaelle Moor & M.V. Rajeev Gowda

Published by - Oxford University Press, India
24 June, 2014

 New Book

We gratefully acknowledge that the Editors of this book have directed all royalties and other proceeds from the sale of this book as a contribution to ESG and its environmental and social justice efforts. Buy the book and help ESG do more!

 

Background to India's Risks:

A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power, and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values.

Some of the issues that this volume explores are: what counts as an 'acceptable' risk, and who decides? How should divergent perceptions of risks be reconciled? And, where is the line between science and politics? Advocating a more multidimensional approach to managing risks, the authors challenge many of the dominant perspectives in India.

The field of risk research, which has emerged over the last 40 years in the West, has been relatively unexplored in India. In an effort to bridge this gap, this volume brings together Indian and Western scholars and practitioners across the fields of psychology, anthropology, law, politics, sociology, public health, philosophy, science, and architecture, who offer insights on the theory of risk, lessons from the West, and the realities of risk in India.

This book is a culmination of a study project run jointly by the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the STEPS centre at the University of Sussex. All Royalities from the sale of this book will go directly to the Environment Support Group, an NGO based in Bangalore.

Contributors to the book:

-Ajay Bailey is Assistant Professor at the Population Research Centre at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen.

 
-Frederic Bouder is Assistant Professor, Department of Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University.

-M.V. Rajeev Gowda is Professor, Economics and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

-Mathew Idiculla is a graduate fellow at the Law, Governance and Development Initiative at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and a research associate in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative 'Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in the 21st Century', funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada, housed at the CITY Institute, York University, Toronto.

-Rohit Jigyasu is a UNESCO Chair professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).

 

-Baneen Karachiwala has been associated with various organizations at the national and international level for the last seven years, providing support in research, documentation and programmatic interventions in the fields of health and development. 

-Asha Kilaru is a public health researcher based in Bangalore, India.

-Shanti Mahendra is a public health research and communications specialist.

-Zoe Matthews works on international health, specializing in health systems with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and is a professor of Global Health and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, UK.

-Claire Mays is a social psychologist and research consultant at Institut Symlog de France.

-Erik Millstone is Professor, Science Policy at the University of Sussex, UK.

-Raphaelle Moor is a consultant based in London working in the area of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

-Marc Poumadère, programme director of the Institut Symlog de France, has been engaged as a social scientist in risk research for almost 30 years.

-M.V. Ramana, a physicist by training, is with the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

-Ranjani Ramaswamy obtained her Masters in Cultural Reporting and Criticism (CRC) from New York University (NYU). She has over four years mainstream journalism experience, in publications like the Indian Express Mumbai (health and human rights).

-Bhargavi S. Rao is Coordinator (Education)/Trustee of Environment Support Group (ESG), a not-for-profit research, training, campaign and advocacy initiative in Bangalore, India. 

-Leo F. Saldanha is Coordinator/Trustee of Environment Support Group, a not-for-profit research, training, campaign and advocacy initiative in Bangalore, India. 

-Sema K. Sgaier is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sema leads the Male Circumcision Initiative and manages HIV prevention programs across Africa.

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