The TISS RRRG is an academic initiative of students and faculty members working in the field of resource rights, governance and jurisprudence. The research group is committed to produce analytical and conceputal work around natural resource rights and governance with the aim of contributing to public debate and research on resource governance. Various collaborations have been initiated to bolster research amongst under-graduate, graduate and research scholars on issues related to resource rights and governance. Apart from touching base with scholars from the four campuses of TISS in Mumbai, Guwahati, Tuljapur and Hyderabad, interactions have also taken place with those at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Cotton Candy University Guwahati and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore
In some cases, researchers from these institutions, who either have local or subject-specific expertise, have joined us on field as well as off field in our ongoing research activities. In other cases, we provide technical support, in terms of identifying topics, building data collection tools or even locating field facilitators for researchers interested in undertaking course-related or independent research in this area. Currently, the areas of research are:
Environmental Jurisprudence: The focus has been to examine the nature, process and impact of environmental judgments of Supreme Court, High Courts and National Green Tribunal, interdisciplinary research at the intersection of socio-economic, political and law in defining the outcome of environmental litigation.
Environmental Regulation, Policy and Law: Under this area, our work has been to assess the role of environmental regulatory authorities; exploring the political economy of regulation; evolution of environmental rules and laws and their impact on livelihood, sustainability of resource and equity principle.
Forest Rights and Governance: Ownership, Access, use and disposal of forest resources are central issues to the question of forest rights and governance. Our work in this field examines the political economy of forest resource governance with special focus on equity and social justice.
Natural Resource and Livelihood: TISS RRRG’s research deals with diverse issues such as livelihoods and land use (coastal, forest, wasteland, common) change, the impact of diversion of forest on socio-economic aspect of local people. We conduct livelihood assessment projects in several parts of the India including Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.