First Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking projects launched

7 August 2012

The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR, India), in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, The Netherlands), has launched the first set of projects for networking and social science research cooperation between researchers in India and the four European countries.

This is the first multilateral social science research collaboration that India has entered into. The networking projects will rationalise and economise Europe's efforts of engaging with India to produce high-quality, high-impact social science research addressing major global challenges including economic growth and development, energy and climate change, and health and wellbeing.

The first joint call announced under this India-Europe initiative in May 2011 resulted in six projects agreed for funding over a period of three years.

All projects have an Indian partner and five have a UK partner and other European partners.

The six projects awarded funding will cover areas of growing social concern ranging from ageing and wellbeing, bullying and pupil-safety, globally accessible medicine to mapping the cultural authority of science, and climate governance.

  • Mapping the Cultural Authority of Science across Europe and India
    European Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Martin W. Bauer, London School of Economics (LSE), STeP (Science, Technology & the Public Sphere), Institute of Social Psychology (IPS), London, United Kingdom; Dr. Petra Pansegrau, Institute of Science and Technology Studies (IWK) Bielefeld University, Germany

    Indian Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. K.S. James, Population Research Centre, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India; Professor Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, Thirvananthapuram, India
  • Ageing and Well-being in a Globalising World
    European Principal Investigators: Dr. Ajay Bailey, Professor Inge Hutter, Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Professor Maria Evandrou, Centre for Research on Ageing and ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

    Indian Principal Investigators: Professor K.S. James, Population Research Centre, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore; Professor S. Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, Thirvananthapuram
  • Indian-European Multi-level Climate Governance Research Network (MCGRN)
    European Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany; Professor Dr. Frank Biermann, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Indian Principal Investigators: Dr. Arabinda Mishra, TERI University, New Delhi; Professor Dr. Joyashree Roy, Global Change Programme, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Professor Dr. K.V. Devi Prasad, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry
  • Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Pupil Safety and Wellbeing
    European Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Peter K. Smith, Dr. Alice Jones, Unit for School and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom; Professor Dr. Catherine Blaya, International Observatory of Violence in Schools, University of Bordeaux, France; Dr. Mechtzhild Schaefer, Unit for counseling and Intervention, Department of Psychology, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Muenchen, Germany; Dr. Frits A. Goossens, Department of Special Education, Department of Developmental Psychology, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Indian Principal Investigators: Dr. Suresh Sundaram, Department of Psychology, Annamalai University, Annamalai; Dr. Damanjit Sandhu, Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala
  • From Identity to Interests? Quantitative and Qualitative Explanations of Electoral Change in Rural and Urban India
    European Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Christophe Jafferlot, Centre d’Ètudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Science Po, Paris, France; Dr. Mukulika Banerjee, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom Dr. Louise Tillin, King’s College, King’s India Institute (KIT), London, United Kingdom

    Indian Principal Investigator: Professor Dr. Pralay Kanungo, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr. Unna V. Govindarajan, Janagraaha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Bangalore
  • Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM)
    European Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Roger Jeffery, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburg, United Kingdom; Professor Dr. William Sax, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, Germany

    Indian Principal Investigators: Professor Dr. Mohan Rao, Centre for Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Dr. K.R. Thankappan, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Notes for editors:

The objective of the Indian-European Research Networking Programme is to promote the strengthening of the social sciences within and between the five countries, by providing additional funding to allow joint research activities for internationally excellent research in relevant areas. This funding will allow established research groups in cognate areas in the different countries to work more closely together in order to develop and complete internationally advanced collaborative research and publications.

Further information concerning the participating national research funding agencies are on their websites:

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