Research Advisory Board

Biswaroop Das

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A former Director and Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Dr. Das has written on issues related to regional and urban planning, city slums, urban migrants, NGOs, urban poverty, rehabilitation of displaced groups, ethnographic accounts, research methods and impact of micro finance on poor. He has been a Visiting Professor at the […]

Dr. James Regina C. Dabhi

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James Regina C. Dabhi, S.J. was director at NAVSARJAN – Xavier’s cell for human development, Surat.  Earlier he served as research Director at the Human Development and Research Centre, St. Xavier’s college, Ahmedabad. He has worked as Country Director of Afghanistan Research and Development Institute (ARDI) based in Kabul, and taught in the Government universities in Afghanistan in subjects like sociology, social research and development management. He also has served as the executive Director of Indian Social Institute, an institute for Research, Training and   Action   for   Socio -Economic Development and Human Rights in New Delhi.  He was a visiting faculty at Amrut Modi School of Management, Ahmedabad University. He is also part of the professional team from 2014 to facilitate the credit courses based on applied behavioral science for P GX for Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has written number of articles and books on education, Not for Profit Organisations, democracy, gender and inclusive development. His academic studies include BA in Philosophy and Sociology, M.Sc. from London, School of Economics and Ph.D. in Sociology of Organisation on NGOs culture and effectiveness.

Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is a women’s health and rights activist.  She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. She is one of the founder trustees of SAHAJ-Society for Health Alternatives based in Vadodara (Gujarat), a community based action research and advocacy organisation working on social accountability issues […]

Nandini Manjrekar

Nandini Manjrekar is Professor and Dean, School of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her research interests are in the areas of sociology of education, education in conflict areas, gender and schooling and women’s studies.  She is currently Joint Secretary, Comparative Education Society of India and has served on the Executive Committee of […]

Robert K. Arokiasamy S.J.


Robert Arokiasamy S.J. obtained his doctorate in Economics from the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He was engaged in economic modelling and data analysis, at Centro de investigacion del sureste, Villaermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. He was also a Visiting Fellow, Research and Information System, Ministry of External Affairs, Government […]

Stany Pinto S.J.


After finishing his doctoral studies (Sociology) from the South Gujarat University (Surat), Stany Pinto has plunged himself in participatory developmental interventions among the tribals in north Gujarat. He is a training expert in developmental issues concerning the tribals.

Priyavadan Patel


Priyavadan Patel has recently retired as Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, the M. S. University of Baroda. Earlier he worked at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat. As the Gujarat State Coordinator of Lokniti Network of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, he conducted pre, mid, exit and post poll […]

Dr.Lancy Lobo

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He pursued post-graduate studies at the Department of Anthropology, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology, both from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has published over 50 articles in professional and other journals; 24 books (individually, jointly and edited) and scores of mimeographs based on research studies over 30 years. Earlier he was Professor and then Director of Centre for Social Studies at Surat. He was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Centre, Georgetown University, Washington DC during 1999 and 2000. He is the secretary of the Centre for Culture and Development Trust since 2001.

Professor Lancy Lobo is the founder director of the Centre for culture and Development since 2001.