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Core Faculty

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar – Associate Vice President (Policy Advocacy)

Sanjeev

Sanjeev, an alumnus of IRMA, has worked as an implementer with grassroots cooperatives, NGOs and government in rural initiatives related to commodities, poverty alleviation and capacity building. He has also worked as a consultant for some time around livelihoods and poverty alleviation initiatives.  His overall exposure to rural settings has been over two decades.

He can be contacted at sanjeev.kumar@ilrtindia.org

 
 
Dr. Rajendra Singh Gautam – Associate Dean (Central India)

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Rajendra Singh Gautam has done doctoral research (Ph. D.) in ‘Participatory Water Resource Development and Management in Malwa Region of Madhya Pradesh’ from M. P. Institute of Social Science Research and M. Phil in ‘Environmental Crisis and International Politics’ from School of Studies in Political Science and Public Administration, Vikram University, Ujjain, M. P. His areas of interest are livelihood promotion, decentralized governance, community based natural resources management, ground water governance, NTFPs, agri-value chain development, skills and labour market, etc. He has experience of over 15 years in academics and development sector. His expertise is in qualitative/quantities research techniques, action research, livelihood mapping studies, evaluation studies, case study documentation, developing curriculum’s and organizing trainings and ToTs on aforesaid subjects. He has published research papers including case studies on various themes such as natural resource management, democratic decentralization, skill development, NTFPs based value chain development, ground water governance, etc., in national and international journals of repute. He has been associated with Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (formerly The Livelihood School) for around 10 years and engaged in research, training and consultancy activities on livelihood promotion and related issues in India and outside.

He can be contacted at rajendrasingh.gautam@ilrtindia.org


Mr. T. Navin – Associate Dean (Action Research and Policy Advocacy)

NavinNavin is a Post Graduate and M.Phil in Political Science from Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) respectively besides a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Nongovernmental Organizations (PGDMN) from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). Navin started his career in Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) and served for three and half years where he extensively reported, researched the areas and designed projects for building employability among unemployed youth, linkage of school dropouts with open schooling system, building technical school with community college concepts, Agricultural Training Resource Centre for building the concept of Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Mobile School for Street Children, Watershed etc., He served in BASIX in research and social performance management functions and was associated with Microfinance and SPM related researches such as Social Indicators Project (SIP), Social Performance assessment study, A Livelihood Intervention in Women’s Enterprise(ALIWE), Social Rating, Microfinance for Decent Work, Impact Assessment Study (2010), etc., He has also been part of external research assignments on Tribal issues, Suicide & Debt studies, Employment & Unemployment studies, Consumer Expenditure studies, livelihoods in Left wing extremism affected areas etc., His key skills are in the area of Research & Analytics, Project Conceptualization, Knowledge Building, Process Documentation and Donor Reporting.

He can be contacted at navin.t@ilrtindia.org

 
Dr. Shashidharan Enarth  – Senior Advisor, Faculty Development & Institutional Linkages (on sabbatical)

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Shashidharan Enarth comes with over two decades of professional experience in Development Sector. with professional experience spread across three NGOs – LOCOST, AKRSP and DSC, he promoted holistic health programs and natural resources development programs. Working with vulnerable rural communities dependent on agriculture, he developed expertise in programs, policies related to natural resources management, livelihood systems, role of civil society as partner in development. He was also closely involved in irrigation policy reforms and introduction of participatory irrigation management in various states.

During his doctoral programme at University of British Columbia on decentralization and democratization of development progress, he studied the conditions that strengthen the capacity of community based organizations to be robust self-governed peoples institutions. Shashi has also provided his consultancy services to the World Bank for their projects in Nigeria, Tanzania and India. His current area of interest is to explore institutional mechanisms that deliver sustainable benefit streams to chronically poor communities and regions through intersection of science and technology, political processes, entrepreneurship and responsible citizenship. Shashi has also designed and implemented capacity building programmes and learning systems for various practitioners from civil society as well as government agencies. Shashi is currently located in Vancouver (Canada) developing a collaborative program on policy research and exchange of scholars between BASIX Group and Liu Institute of Global Issues at University of British Columbia.

He can be contacted at shashi.enarth@ilrtindia.org

 
Mr. Shashank Singh – Senior Faculty

ShashankShashank is an Agricultural Engineer and had MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University in 2009 and M.Tech in Soil and Water Engineering (Agricultural Engineering) from Junagadh Agricultural University, Gujarat- 2004. Shashank had worked at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in a World Bank project on Arid Area Technology Development – (Dew Harvesting) – 2004-2007. The project was awarded IDM World Bank Prize in 2005. He had also worked as Head of Department, Agricultural Engineering at MIT Bulandshahr (MITB; near Delhi-NCR) – 2011-2013. He developed projects on Organic Farming, and GIS modeling at MITB. Shashank’s core working area is Watershed modeling, GIS & Remote Sensing and application of hydrological techniques for anthropogenic use.

He can be contacted at shashank.singh@ilrtindia.org