The Resource Rights Research Group of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is an academic initiative of students and faculty members working in the field of resource rights, governance, jurispurdence, environmental science, technology and society. It was initiated in 2017 as a collective exercise by students and faculty members for research and learning on the above subjects. The TISS RRRG aims to do so by critically examining the intertwined challenges of accessibility, use and governance of resources confronting the world today, with a particular focus on the issue of forest and land. The TISS RRRG aims to provide the students and scholars with an opportunity for theoretical and practical engagement with these challenges and issues in a critical framework based on values of equity and social justice, that recognizes the imperative for development in terms of material needs as well as other dimensions of human well-being. In addition, we will engage in capacity building, training and advocacy on a range of issues at different levels. As a part of this process, a website (http://tissrrrg.org) has been initiated with a focus on sharing research, documents and reports of TISS students and faculty members in the above field. In addition, TISS RRRG provides platform for various groups working on similar issues to collaborate for research, capacity buiding, training, assessment studies and policy advocacy on resource rights and governance.
Centre for Science,Technology and Society
The Centre for Science, Technology and Society's research work has been basically in the areas of intellectual property laws and scientific research and in the history of agricultural science in India. The Centre for Science, Technology and Society continues to carry forward its work on the development of agricultural science and agricultural techniques, technology and innovation that has already been initiated. It is also engaged with issues of science, technology and risk from a rigorous study of the philosophy, history and sociology of science, technology and innovation. The other area of research work has been in the field of environmental governance and jurisprudence, understanding the interface of science and law in the environmental decision-making process.
Centre for Climate Change & Sustainability Studies
The climate change group at TISS, started active inter-disciplinary research in the area of climate change and sustainable development in 2008. The group was formalised into a Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies in the year 2012. A two year M.A./M.Sc. Programme in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies was also started, in the academic year 2012-2013. Drawing from the overall vision of the School of Habitat Studies, the Centre foregrounds the search for equitable and sustainable solutions to the issues and problems associated with climate change mitigation and adaptation. In the context of sustainability, including climate change, the Centre focuses on the search for paradigms that do not limit fundamental human capabilities and provide a future that is not limited by want, deprivation or scarcity. The Centre recognizes that the intersection of the natural and the social in the study of climate change and sustainability urges the development of a unified view of the work of the natural and social sciences that is reflected in research, teaching and pedagogy. For more details, see this link: Click here
School of Habitat Studies, TISS Mumbai
The School of Habitat Studies seeks to develop an interdisciplinary, analytically sound and rigorous perspective towards the study of the human habitat that draws from academic work in the natural, engineering and the social sciences as well as the lived experiences and knowledge of communities, peoples, and movements. The work of the School is driven by the ideal of equitable access to natural resources, in all their different forms, and the preservation of the ideal of the commons, both local and global. The work of the School is animated by a vision of socially inclusive and sustainable development, where sustainability is inclusive of both the natural and societal dimensions. It will foreground the idea of equity and justice in the pursuit of sustainability, interpreting the concept of development in the broad sense, that while founded on the fundamental aspect of material improvement of human well-being, is also cognizant of the many other dimensions of well-being. The School recognizes that human production and settlement systems are complex and multiscalar and a comprehensive response to them involves ecological, spatial, technological , economic, and socio political considerations. The absence of such a comprehensive response produces unevenness, concentration and leads to specific forms of vulnerabilities. Thus, the School recognizes that specific vulnerabilities, including the risk due to disasters, are intimately linked to low-levels of development and that people-centred development is an essential aspect of the mitigation of such vulnerabilities. The School recognizes that in the era of the anthropocene, a multi-dimensional, holistic response to the complexity of human production and settlement systems becomes even more urgent, especially to meet the challenge of equitable and sustainable climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more details, see this link:Click here