CISED is registered as a wholly charitable trust. The Board of Trustees is, legally speaking, the governing body of the trust. The Board takes all major policy decisions regarding academic and administrative matters, except where it has devolved such decision-making powers to other bodies. The Board is assisted by the Coordinator of CISED.
M .V. Nadkarni
K. S. Jagadish
Director ISEC ex-officio
Kamaljit Bawa is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Founder-Trustee of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), and President of the Association for Tropical Biology. A tropical biologist by training, he has conducted extensive research in both India and Central America, including areas related to conservation policy and sustainable resource use. He has been a recipient of the Bullard Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and Pew Charitable Trust’s Pew Scholars award for Conservation and the Environment.
M. V. Nadkarni
M V Nadkarni is Hon.Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), and Chairman, Governing Council, CMDR, Dharwad. Earlier he was Professor of Agricultural Economics at ISEC and set up and headed the country’s first Ecological Economics Unit there. He retired as the Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University. He is also a co-founder and acting Vice-President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, and was the Conference President for the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics in 1996. His areas of research include agricultural development in drought-prone areas, economic and institutional issues in agriculture, wasteland management, forestry economics, pollution control, and the poverty-environment linkage
K. S. Jagadish
K S Jagadish is retired Professor of Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has been working on problems of appropriate technology for several decades, with a particular focus on innovative, cost-effective and ecologically-sound building materials and techniques for rural and urban housing, regeneration of wastelands, and biomass-based rural energy systems. He was involved in the founding of the ASTRA (Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas) programme at the Indian Institute of Science, and has been a leading advisor on appropriate technology to the State and Central governments.
Nandini Sundar is currently a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. She is currently engaged in research on the history and anthropology of citizenship and war in South Asia, as well as disciplinary histories in sociology and anthropology. She has strong interests in political economy and development, environment and indigenous people and the sociology of law. Her books include Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar, Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in Four Indian States (with Roger Jeffery and Neil Thin), and A New Moral Economy for India’s Forests: Discourses of Community and Participation (edited with Roger Jeffery).
Director, ISEC ex-officio
The Director, Institute for Social and Economic Change is currently Prof. R.S.Deshpande