Dr. (Mrs) Sudha Mohan
Reader / Associate Professor
Department of Civics and Politics,
University of Mumbai
M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., University of Mumbai.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
♦Comparative Analysis of Urban Development, Civil Society and Governance
♦Global and Local Interface
♦Substantive Democracy and Sustainable Development
PUBLICATIONS (2001 onwards)
Challenges of Globalisation: Redefining Governance and Reconstituting Civil Society” in V.R.Raghavan (ed), Civil Society and Governance in Modern India, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi, EastWest Books, 2007.
The Sojourn of an Indian Fulbright Scholar, Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani & Nibir K. Ghosh Editors –Beyond Boundaries—Reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars, universe, Inc, 2007.
Issues, Challenges and the Changing Sites of Governance: Self Organising Networks in Mumbai, Journal of Governance and Public Policy, Vol. 1, No.1, June 2006.
Participation and partnership for Change: Economic Empowerment and Social Engagement, in the Human Rights Global Focus, December 2006.
BOOK: Urban Development and New localism, Rawat Publishers, Mumbai, New Delhi and Jaipur, July 2005.
Referred Article “Between Privatisation and Participation: Basic Services in Mumbai Metropolitan Region” in Klaus Segbers, Simon Raiser and Krister Volkmann (Eds), Public Problems – Private Solutions? Globalizing Cities in the South, Aldershot, UK, Ashgate, September, 2005
Occasional paper on Political Transformations and Capacity Building: Civil Society Networks and Civic Engagement in Mumbai, in Simon Raiser and Krister Volkmann (Eds) Civil Societies in the Globalizing Cities of South, Free University, March 2005.
Occasional Paper on Urban Poverty, Vulnerability and the Emergence of Civil Society Organisations in Mumbai, published by the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, October 2004.
“Evolution of Civil Society and Available Alternatives for Urban Communities”, in T. K. John (ed), Broken among the Victims, Centre for Dalit/Subaltern Studies, New Delhi, 2004.
Referred Article on Civil Society Activism in the Age of Globalisation" in Rajen Harshe, (Ed), Interpreting Globalisation: Perspectives in International Relations, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Delhi and Rawat, Jaipur, 2004.
“Democratic Citizenship Rights and Participation: The Need for a Re-interpretation” in Workers and the Right to Strike: Report, Indian Society of Labour Economics and Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2004.
“Individual/Institutional Capacity Building and Quality of Life: The Need for Development Alternatives”, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions Quarterly, (IASSI), Vol. 21, Nos. 3 and 4, 2003, pp. 208-215
Referred Article “Role and Relevance of Civil Society Organisations in Mumbai”, Indian Journal of Political Science, (Special Issue on Civil Society edited by Prof Neera Chandhoke) Vol. 63, Nos. 2 and 3, June-September, 2002, pp. 193-211.
“Revitalisation of Urban Local Governance, with special reference to the 74th Constitutional Amendment” in Nawaz Mody and K.Raman (eds.), Revitalisation of Indian Democracy, Mumbai, Allied Publishers, 2001.
RESEARCH PAPERS PRESENTED (Year 2003 Onward)
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL (By Invitation)
Paper entitled ‘Politics of Vulnerability: Planning and Development in Mumbai (Deluge and its aftermath in Mumbai) has been accepted for presentation at the Ninth Asian Urbanization Conference, to be held at Kangwon National University, in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea, from 18-23, August 2007. (Organised by the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA), Kangwon Regional Development Corporation, Kangwon National University, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group of the AAG, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and University of Akron, USA)
Was a panellist for a Discussion Programme on State and Civil Society: What Happened to Citizenship organised by the Xavier Institute of Communication and The American Library, Mumbai on July 5, 2007
Organised a half-day Workshop on Right to Information: Administrative Practices and the Urban Poor, at the P.M Bhavan, Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai on May 28, 2007. I organised this workshop in my capacity as the research coordinator in Mumbai for this Research Team from Yale University, United States, working on a research project measuring and evaluating the impact of the Right to Information Act on the Urban Poor in India
Main Speaker, made a presentation on Drafting Proposals, for the Mentoring Workshop for prospective Fulbright Applicants organised by United States Educational Foundation of India, (USEFI) Mumbai, organised at the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, on May 10, 2007.
Panellist in two sessions in A Conference for Fulbrighters in South Asia: Strengthening Educational Collaborations between the U.S. and South Asian Institutions, organised by the USEFI, Delhi, in Aurangabad, March 12-14, 2007
“Challenges of Globalisation in Local Governance” organised by the Political Science Department, University of Hyderabad and the School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, Australia on “Challenges of Globalisation: Indian and Australian Perspectives” during December 7-9, 2006
“Civil Society and Governance in India” by Centre for Security Analysis (CSA) for a seminar on Civil Society and Governance in Modern India that is scheduled for 5th and 6th October 2006 at Chennai
Invited as a Recourse Person for an Orientation Program organise by the USEFI, Delhi, for the 2006-2007 Indian Fulbright grantees at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad from May 9 to May 12, 2006. Two presentations were made. ‘Talking on India: Building Bridges of Mutual Understanding’ and the second on ‘what it means to be a Fulbrighter’?
Presented a Paper entitled “Problems of Urbanisation in India and China: Impact on Emergence as major Power” at VPM’s Centre for International Studies’ at three-day National Seminar on India-China Relations: An Agenda for Asian Century on March 27-29, 2006. This Paper has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming volume on India-China Relations: An Agenda for Asian Century edited by P.M.Kamath.
Participated as a Discussant for a Seminar on ‘Actors, Policies and Urban Governance in Mumbai held at J. P. Naik Bhavan, University of Mumbai on 23rd February 2006. This seminar was jointly organised by the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi and the Department of Economics, Mumbai University.
Participated in a Panel Discussion for Prof Rowena Robinson’s book Tremors of violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India, 21 November 2005 organised by Sage Publications along with the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
Urban Governance under Globalisation, for an Interdisciplinary Refresher Course on “Globalisation: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities organised by the University Grants Commission Academic Staff college, University of Mumbai for college and university lecturers on 16 November, 2005
Bringing the Citizens back in: Civil Society Networks and Civic Engagement in Mumbai, on April 20, 2005 for the Spring 2005 Brown Bag Lecture Series, in Columbia University, in the city of New York.
Conflict Resolution and Peace Process: Initiatives Between India and Pakistan, under the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program at the San Diego State University, San Diego, California on April 14, 2005.
Democratic Development and Administration: A Comparative Analysis between India and the U.S in Imperial Valley Calexico Campus of San Diego State University on April 12, 2005.
Cities and Governance in Developing Countries” March 29,2005 and a public presentation on Civil Society Activism in the Age of Globalization on March 30, 2005 in the University of Texas in Austin.
Two presentations Problems and Prospects of Globalisation for the Developing Countries with Special reference to India and Peace Process and conflict Resolution in the Post-Cold War Era: The Case of India –Pakistan Relations. Shaw University, North Carolina on February 22, 2005
Made two presentations Local Responses to Globalization: Mumbai on Monday, February 14 and Third World Urbanization: the Mega-city of Mumbai in the School of Urban Affairs, Seminar Series, University of Louisville, Kentucky on February 16, 2005.
Gave a public lecture entitled, Democracy and Development in India and a class presentation on Globalization Impact on Developing countries in Alabama State University, Frankfort, Kentucky on February 10 and 11, 2005.
Made two presentations, Third World Urbanization (with special reference to the social impact of Globalization on Mumbai) and Peace Process Initiatives Between India and Pakistan (with Special reference to Conflict resolution in a religious context) at the Alabama State University, in Montgomery, Alabama on January 28, 2005
Made two presentations, Indian Constitution and Politics and Relations between India and Pakistan, in Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 27, 2005.
Delivered a Public Lecture on India Update - A brief Summary, at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh on 23rd March 2004.
Presented the Final Summary of the Project of Free University Berlin on Global City Regions as changing sites of governance at a special roundtable at the International Studies Association Conference, (ISA) Montreal, Canada, from 17-20 March 2004. My presentation was the summary of my research paper entitled ‘Between Privatisation and Participation: Basic Services in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region’.
“Understanding Grassroots Democracy and its Implications for Local Governance” at the Panel organized by Bombay Urban Industrial League for Development, (BUILD) on January 20, 2004 at the World Social Forum, Mumbai.
“Evolution of Civil Society and Available Alternatives for Urban Communities” Paper presented for a Special Panel organized by Dalit Solidarity at the World Social Forum, on January 17, 2004.
“Mumbai – The Vibrant City of India” for a group of US Educators visiting India on the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, organized by the United States Educational Foundation in India, (USEFI) on 5th July 2004.
“From Growth to People-Centred Development? Urban Development in Mumbai”, in the seminar organised by the Department of Geography, University of Mumbai, January 28-29, 2003.
“Changing Sites of Governance: Self-Organising Networks in Mumbai”, at the International Seminar on ‘Civil society: Strengthening or Transgressing Democracy’ organised by the Centre of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Politics, UK, January, 7-8, 2003 in New Delhi.
“Democratic Citizenship Rights and Participation: The Need for a Reinterpretation”. Consultative Workshop on “Workers and the Right to Strike”, organised by the Indian Society for Labour Economics, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi in association with Indian Council for Social Science Research (Western Region Centre) on December 2, 2003.
“Globalisation: Problems and Prospects for India”, UGC Sponsored Refresher Course in Political Science and Public Administration in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, November 19, 2003.
‘Globalisation: Theoretical Interpretation and Pragmatic Problems” For a Special Lecture Series under the University Grants Commissions, organised by the Department of Economics, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, on September 12, 2003.
“Between privatisation and participation: Perspectives from Bombay” at a Public Panel Discussion organised by the Heinrich-Böll-foundation, Berlin, August 6, 2003.
“Participatory/Decentralized Governance and Grassroots Democracy: Problems and Prospect”, at the Seminar on “Decentralised Governance at Grassroots Level in India: Achievements, Problems and Remedial Measures.” April 29-30, 2003. Organised by the Madhya Pradesh Institute for Social Science Research (MPSSR), Ujjain and United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), Delhi.
Completed a joint research project on Issues in Governance: Service delivery in Mumbai and Chennai, (with Dr. Venkatesh Kumar) awarded under the Assistance for Strengthening of the Infrastructure of the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASIHSS) Programme of the University Grants Commission from October 2005 to March 2006.
Awarded the Sr. Fulbright Fellowship by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington, DC for a period of Eight months, beginning from November 2004 to June 2005. This award was to pursue my post doctoral research project entitled “State Civil Society Interface in Urban Development: Civic Engagement and Social Capital. (Comparisons between Mumbai and New York City)
Reviewer of a Manuscript entitled “The Inclusive City: Infrastructure and Public Services for the Urban Poor in Asian Cities”, edited by Aprodicio A. Laquian, Vinod Tiwari and Lisa Hanley, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September, 2005.
Completed a collaborative Project of Free University Berlin, Germany entitled "Global City regions as changing sites of governance" This project focuses on Berlin, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Mumbai in March 2004. My project work was entitled (i) Between Privatisation and Participation: Basic Services in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (ii) Civil Society and Capacity Building: Role of Civil Society Organisations in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The first project was published in an edited book in September 2005 and the second brought out as occasional paper form the Fee University, Berlin in March 2005.
Completed a project entitled “Empowerment through participation: A case study of women employed in the informal sector”, under University of Mumbai supported research work in July 2003
Urban Vulnerability and Urban Poverty, co-ordinated by Prof. Chandan Sengupta from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. This was primarily Oxfam supported Project. My minor project was on “Emergence of Civil Society & Role of NGOs in Mumbai”, 1998.
Reviewer and Commentator in a Civitas Project entitled Framework for Education in Democratic Citizenship organised by the Centre for Civic Education in Los Angeles, California, in May 2001.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Special Advisory Committee of the Assistance for Strengthening of the Infrastructure of the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASIHSS) Programme of the University Grants Commission. Member of the committees on examination, syllabus/curricular development, library and assessment. Have organised and coordinated seminars and workshops and special lecture series over the years. I have been elected Treasurer of the Fulbright Association, Mumbai Chapter for the year 2006-2008.
Been involved with the Tata Institute of Social Science and Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Institute of Human Development, Delhi, Government of Maharashtra, Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC-Local Government in Mumbai) and other Non-Governmental Organisation. Associated in the capacity of a reviewer with Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, D. C and Centre for Civic Education in Los Angeles, California.
Editorial Advisory Members of Peace and Democracy in South Asia (A Politics of Development Group at Stockholm University Publication)
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India, University’s refereed Journal of International Relations (IJIR).
Recipient of the Best Teacher Award, with a citation “in recognition of her valuable contributions to knowledge, teaching and research with a sense of commitment, dedication and sincerity. It was awarded on 26th January 2007. (India’s Republic Day)
Awarded the Sr. Fulbright Fellowship by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington, DC for a period of Eight months, beginning from November 2004 to June 2005. This award was to pursue my post doctoral research project entitled “State Civil Society Interface in Urban Development: Civic Engagement and Social Capital. (Comparisons between Mumbai and New York)
Awarded four-travel grants to make presentations in three Minority Serving Institutions (historically black, Hispanic or tribal universities in the United State) viz., Montgomery State University in Alabama, Kentucky State University, Kentucky and San Diego State University, California besides a regular travel award to University of Austin in Texas between January and April 2005.
Selected for the Educational and Cultural Tour of Iran along with 12 other women, from 14-21 July 2000 sponsored by the Culture House of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mumbai
Selected as a fellow in the Salzburg Seminar to Session 336 on “US Presidential Election Process” from May 10-18, 1996, in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored by Salzburg Seminar authorities and United States Information Service (USIS), Mumbai.
Recipient of the Oliva I Reddick Award for Social Sciences (Junior) for the Research Paper on “Civil Rights Movement: From Protest to Politics and Right to Resources”. This paper was presented at the All India Association of American Studies Conference in 1991 and selected for the Award in 1992.
Selected under the International Visitor programme (IV) by the USIA, Washington D.C., to visit the United States of America for a Multi-Regional Group Project on “Regional and Ethnic Cultures in the US” from September 11 to October 7, 1989.
Recipient of the Faculty Improvement Program (FIP) Fellowship of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 1988-89 to pursue M. Phil dissertation work.
Recipient of the Government Scholarship from S.S.C. (Secondary School Certificate) through M.A.
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS
♦ Indian Political Science Association
♦ Indian Social Science Congress
♦ American Studies Research Centre
♦ Indian Association of American Studies.
♦ The Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies
♦ Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
♦ Urban Design Research Institute
♦ Indian Institute of Canadian Studies
♦ Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning & Development (SCUPAD).
♦ Civitas International
♦ National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation