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CV and Experience
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Governance; Justice and Citizenship; Disasters, vulnerability, relief and recovery; Government and NGOs; donor politics and aid policies. India (main); South Africa and Bangladesh (secondary).
Research Groups: Global Environmental Justice Politics, Governance and the State, UEA Water Security Research Centre
UNDP India Funding for year-long study in Orissa, 2009-2010
British Academy Small Research Grant 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow to Prof Gerry Stoker (ESRC Professorial Fellowship 2005-2007)
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2004-5
Felix Scholarship for Ph.D. Research 1998-2002
Just Ecosystem Management: Linking ecosystem services with poverty alleviation
This is a two year research project (Oct 2010- Oct 2012) with funding under the ESPA initiative by NERC, DFID and ESRC. This project develops a novel conceptual framework to inform research on the linkages between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. Four case studies in China, India, Nicaragua and Uganda illustrate key justice dimensions in the management of particular coastal and terrestrial ecosystems. My role is to lead the case study in Orissa in India, which follows on from my recent work on socio-political and environmental dimensions of vulnerability and recovery since the 1999 super-cyclone (see below). The current study will focus on socio-ecological tradeoffs concerning mangroves, agriculture and prawn cultivation in coastal Orissa.
Socio-political and environmental dimensions of vulnerability and recovery in coastal Orissa: Critical lessons since the 1999 super cyclone
The United Nations Development Programme, India funded a year-long study in coastal Orissa, India, ten years since the super-cyclone of 1999. This research built on an exploratory study carried out in November-December 2008 together with Roger Few through a British Academy Research Grant. It took a detailed look at livelihoods trajectories in eastern Orissa since 1999, the socio-political and environmental dimensions that have helped shape them, and examine how these translate into the ‘ongoing vulnerability’ of coastal communities. The project was completed between January and December 2010.
The impacts of ecosystem services and environmental governance on human well-being in the Phongola floodplain, South Africa
The Pongola River ESPA was a project managed by Bruce Lankford (DEV, UEA), Chris Dickens and Kate Pringle (both INR, South Africa). I worked on this project together with a project team that included Fonda Lewis, Myles Meander and Zibonele Nxele (from INR) and Marisa Goulden (from DEV). It was one of 12 projects funded by NERC examining the linkages between eco-system services and poverty alleviation (ESPA). The research site was in the Pongola/Jozini water system in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The project ran from January 2009 to January 2010. My role was to examine the governance and institutional arrangements in the floodplain area and to clarify their links with ecosystem services and poverty reduction.
Chhotray, V. and Few, R. 2012 ‘Post-disaster recovery and “ongoing” vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India’, Global Environmental Change, Volume 22, issue 3, pp 695-702 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.05.001
Clark, N., Chhotray, V. and Few, R. 2012 ‘Disaster risk reduction and global justice’, The Geographical Journal, forthcoming
Chhotray, V. 2012 ‘How an NGO works the state and why it succeeds: A case study from central India’, in Parasuraman, S. and Narayanan, N.C. (eds), Civil society in water governance in South Asia, ‘Water in South Asia’ series, Sage Publications, New Delhi
Chhotray, V 2012 ‘Disaster Relief and the Indian State: Lessons for Just citizenship’, Geoforum, under review
Chhotray, V. 2011 The “Anti-Politics Machine” in India: State, decentralisation and
participatory watershed development, South Asian Studies Series, Anthem Press, London, NY and New Delhi
Martin, A., Rutagarama, E., Cascao, A., Gray, M. and Chhotray, V. 2011 ‘Understanding the co-existence of conflict and cooperation: Transboundary ecosystem management in the Virunga Massif’, Journal of Peace Research, Volume 48, no. 5, pp. 621-635
Chhotray, V. and Stoker, G. 2009 Governance Theory: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, Palgrave Macmillan, London
Chhotray, V. and Hulme, D. 2009 ‘Contrasting visions for aid and governance in the 21st century: White House Millennium Challenge Account and DFID Drivers of Change’, World Development, Volume 37, pp. 36-49
Chhotray, V. 2007 ‘The “Anti-Politics Machine” in India: Depoliticisation through local institution building for participatory watershed development in India', Journal of Development Studies, Volume 43 (6), pp. 1037- 1056
Chhotray, V. 2007 ‘Political entrepreneurs or development agents? An NGO’s story of resistance and acquiescence’, in Bebbington, A., Hickey, S. and Mitlin, D. (eds), Can NGOs make a difference? The Challenge of Development Alternatives, Zed Books, London.
Chhoray, V. 2005 ‘Who cares about participation? How a rhetorical state policy is practised incredulously’, Contemporary South Asia, Volume 14 (4), pp. 429-446
Chhotray, V. 2005 ‘Managing Watershed Externalities in India’(co-authored with J. Kerr, P. Baumann, A.J. James and G. Milne) in Impact Assessment of Watershed Development: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, edited by K. Palanisami and D. Suresh Kumar, Associated Publishing Limited, New Delhi
Chhotray, V. 2005 ‘Managing watershed externalities in India: Theory and Practice’ (co-authored with John Kerr, Grant Milne, Pari Baumann and A.J James), Environment, Development and Sustainability, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10668-005-9022-3
Chhotray, V. 2004 ‘The negation of politics in participatory development projects, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh’, Development and Change, Volume 35 (2), pp 327-352
Chhotray, V., 2005 ‘Participation or Local Politics? The Illusion of Development Projects’, ID21: Communicating Development Research.
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Chhotray, V., 2005 ‘The Negation of Politics in Participatory Development Projects, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh’, Development and Change, 35(2), pp 327-352
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Chhotray, V., 2008 Review article on 'Rural Governance: International Perspectives' edited by L Cheshire, V Higgins and G Lawrence (2007), Routledge, London, in Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 8, no. 1
Chhotray, V., 2006 Review article on ‘Waiting for Democracy: The Politics of Choice in Natural Resource Decentralisation’ by Jesse C. Ribot (2004), World Resources Institute, Washington DC and ‘Democratic Decentralisation through a Natural Resource Lens’, edited by Jesse C. Ribot and Anne M. Larson (2005), Routledge Press, Oxon, in Journal of Agrarian Change, Volume 16 (2), pp. 267-270
Chhotray, V., 2003 ‘The Politics of Development’, Review article on ‘Development Hegemony: NGOs and the State in India’ by S. Kamat (2002), Oxford University Press, New Delhi in Biblio: A Review of Books, Volume 8(1 & 2), pp 30-31
Chhotray, V., 2001 ‘Speaking for the villages’, Review article on ‘Participatory Watershed Development: Challenges for the 21st century’, Edited by J. Farrington, C. Turton and A.O. James (1999), Oxford University Press, New Delhi, in Economic and Political Weekly,
Chhotray, V. 2010 ‘Disaster relief and the Indian state: Justice or Political Economy’, paper for the Global Environmental Justice Workshop, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, July 2-3.
Chhotray, V., 2009 'Unequal Imaginaries of Transformation: Multiple Crises and Livelihoods Recovery in Coastal Orissa, India', Paper presented at DSA Annual Conference, University of Ulster, September 2-4.
Chhotray, V., 2009 'Rejecting binaries in state-NGO relationships: How Samaj Pragati Sahyog works the state and why it succeeds' at the 'Experiencing the State: Marginalised People and the Politics of Development in India' conference at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, March 12-13.
Chhotray, V., 2008 ‘The Idea of “Anti-Politics” presented at a ‘Workshop on Citizenship and Democracy in honour of John Dunn’, University of Southampton, March 7, 2008.
Chhotray, V., 2007 'How Samaj Pragati Sahyog works the state and why it succeeds'. Presentation at the conference 'Civil society in water governance in South Asia', October 10-12 at Pune, India.
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Chhotray, V., and Hume, D., 2006 ‘Contrasting visions for aid and governance in the 21st century: White House Millennium Challenge Account versus DFID Drivers of Change’, presented at the Hallsworth Conference on ‘Opening up Governance’, University of Manchester, Manchester and subsequently at SOAS, UEA and LSE in 2007.
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Chhotray, V., and Woodhouse, P., 2005 ‘Legal and extra-legal channels for the redress of historical injustice: Water rights in India and South Africa’, presented at an International Workshop on ‘Water Poverty and Social Crisis: Perspectives for Research and Action’, Agadir, Morocco.
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Chhotray, V., 2005 'Responsive to whom? The state and fast track participation in a south Indian district' , paper presented at the UN and Government of Queensland co-organised International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, Australia and the British Association for South Asian Studies, Leeds.
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Chhotray, V., 2005 ‘Political entrepreneurs or development agents? An NGOs story of resistance and acquiescence’, paper presented at the 4th International NGO Conference, IDPM, Manchester.
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Chhotray, V., 2005 'Depoliticisation through local institution building for participatory watershed development in India', paper presented at LSE Department of Geography & Environmental Seminar Series, and Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, International Development Seminar Series.
Chhotray, V., 2003 ‘The Politics of Development: Knowledge, Representation and Power’, paper presented at the Annual South Asia Conference, University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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I co-direct the MA in Development Studies. I teach and convene the following courses:
Lecturer DEV-M003, Development Perspectives
Convenor and Lecturer DEV-M002, Contemporary World Development
Lecturer DEV-M020, Research Skills for Social Analysis
Lecturer DEV-2D48, South Asian Development
Convenor and Lecturer DEV-2D78, Social Analysis for Development 3
I welcome research supervisions in the following areas:
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