Faculty Profile


C. Shambu Prasad

Primary Areagroup(s):

Strategic Management



Secondary Areagroup(s):

Social Sciences

Current Areas of Interest:

Managing Public systems, innovation management, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, producer collectives, rural livelihoods, Science Technology and Society (STS) studies, agroecology, sustainable agriculture, networks, entrepreneurial ecosystem.


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Academic contribution to social entrepreneurship
  • Villgro-CSIE award for ?Academic Contribution to the Field of Social Entrepreneurship? (Sankalp Forum, Mumbai April 2013)

International case study competition


  • Member and Founding Trustee, Knowledge In Civil Society (KICS), (2010 to date)
  • Member, Steering Committee on Biotechnology Based Programme for Societal Development, Department of Biotechnology (December 2018...)
  • Expert Committee Member, Department of Science and Technology, Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division (May 2016 to date)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Peoples Science Institute, Dehradun (September 2018....)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Mahila Abhivrudhi Society (November 2016 -....)
  • Member Board of National Innovation Foundation (June 2018-)

Fulbright Senior Research Fellow
  • Fulbright Senior Fellow, SRI-Rice at Cornell University for research on ?Social shaping of agricultural innovation: The case of SRI in India? (2013-14)

Member, Sub-group of Planning Commission
  • Member of Sub-group on ?Upscaling Innovative Technologies? for the Working Group of Agricultural Research and Education in preparation of the 12th Plan. Planning Commission, Govt. of India. 2011.

Research fellowship
  • IDPAD (Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development) research fellowship at the United Nations University Maastricht, The Netherlands, on ?Innovation at the margins? (May 2004)

Alumni Affairs
  • May 2016-2018
Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises
  • Coordinator since June 2015
ISEED (Incubator for Social Enterprises and Entrepreneurs for Development)
  • Coordinator and Chair, Aug 2016 to date
Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence
  • Coordinator October 2015 - March 2018
  • Managing Collectives PRM38
  • Management Theories and Practice FPRM18
  • Development Perspectives FPRM 18
  • Philosophy of Science FPRM18
  • Managing Collectives PRM38
  • Public Systems Management PRM 37
  • Managing Collectives PRM 37
  • Social Entrepreneurship PRM 36
  • Managing Collectives PRM 36
PRM 38
  • Social Entrepreneurship PRM38

Public Systems Management
  • Public Systems Management PRM 34

  • Public Systems Management PRM 35
Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship PRM 35


  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (February 6 - 8, 2020)
  • Entrepreneurial Development with a Focus on Public Procurement for SC/ST Entrepreneurs, (January 20 - 25, 2020)
  • Creating Alternate Livelihoods through Community Based Tourism, (January 9 - 10, 2020)
  • Rubaru Anand - A Leaning Journey on Collectives and Social Enterprises for Medha, (November 4 - 6, 2019)
  • Immersion Programme on Managing Collectives for Access Livelihoods Consulting India Ltd., (July 29 - August 2, 2019)
  • Sustainable Development through CSR, (July 26 - 27, 2019)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (June 26 - 28, 2019)
  • Faculty Development Programme on Contemporary Management of Public Systems, (May 30 - June 3, 2019)
  • Entrepreneurial Development with a Focus on Public Procurement for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Entrepreneurs, (March 25 - 30, 2019)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (February 7 - 9, 2019)
  • Immersion Programme on Managing Collectives for Access Livelihoods Consulting India Ltd., (November 29 - December 3, 2018)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (November 15 - 17, 2018)
  • Rubaru Anand - A Leaning Journey on Collectives and Social Enterprises for Medha, (October 10 - 12, 2018)
  • Immersion Programme on Managing Collectives, (March 20 - 29, 2018)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (February 22 - 24, 2018)
  • Strategic Management of CSR, (November 16 - 18, 2017)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (September 14 - 16, 2017)
  • Livelihood Enhancement Strategies in Forest Fringe Villages for IFS Officers, (July 10 - 14, 2017)
  • Building and Managing Social Enterprises, (March 4 - 6, 2017)
  • Design Thinking for Social Innovation, (November 2 - 4, 2015)


  • Result-Based Approach to Rural Development Management for Society for Action in Community Health, (October 10 - 13, 2019)
  • Certificate Course in Development Management for AKRSP(I), (July 9 - 12, 2018)
  • Faculty Development Programme on Rural Management for National Council of Rural Institutes, (May 6 - 12, 2018)
  • General Management Programme for NBCFDC, (September 25 - 27, 2017)
  • Logistics Approach to Supply Chain Management, (July 18 - 20, 2016)
  • International Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP), (October 5 - 23, 2015)
  • FDP on Action Research for Livelihood Promotion for ILRT, (August 4 - 6, 2015)


  • Stoop, W. A.; Shambu Prasad C. Sabarmatee; Pushpalatha Sivasubramanian; Ravindra, A.; Debashish Sen; and Thakur, A. K. 2017. Opportunities for ecological intensification: lessons and insights from the System of Rice/crop Intensification - their implications for agricultural research and development approaches. CAB Reviews 12: 036, pp 1-19.
  • Debashish Sen, Harro Maat, Dominic Glover, C. Shambu Prasad. 2017. The Introduction of SRI in Uttarakhand, India. Technopolitical Mythologies and Sociotechnical Flexibility.  Anthropologie & développement 46-47.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. . 2016. Innovating at the margins: the System of Rice Intensification in India and transformative social innovation. Ecology and Society 21(4):7.


  • Shambu Prasad C. and Pratyaya Jagannath. 2016. Can the Big Learn from the Small? Seminar. Isssue 682. Spl issue on Changing Countryside. http://ww.india-seminar.com/2016/682/682_shambu_&_pratyaya.htm 
  • Shambu Prasad. C. 2016. Indigenous knowledge as emergent science: Insights from SRI in India. JIndal Journal of Public Policy.  Vol 3(1): 51-71.
  • Patnaik, Srilata., & Shambu Prasad, C.. (2014). Revisiting Sustainable Livelihoods: Insights from Implementation Studies in India. Vision: The Journal of Business Perspective, 18(4), 353?358
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2014. Revisiting science's social contract. Seminar. 654, February. Special issue on "State of Science".

  • Srilata Patnaik and Shambu Prasad, C. 2013.Innovation in development organisations: An Indian perspective. Development and Learning in Organisations. 27 (5): 15-17.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. and B C Barah. 2013. Upscaling SRI: Unpacking innovation, investments and institutions. LEISA India. 15(1): 16-19.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2013. Political economy of uncaring: Understanding farmer suicides. Economic and Political Weekly. 48(3): 27-31.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2011. Public involvement in science and technology: The case for a new social contract. International Journal of Social and Economic Research. Vol. 1(2): 295-308.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2009. Conversations on knowledge and democracy: Fables from SRI. Seminar 597, May. Special issue on ?Knowledge in Question?
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2009. Coping with complexity. Seminar 595, March. Special issue on ?Agrarian Transformations?.

  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2008. Knowledge, democracy and science policy: The missing dialogue in globalised India, 2008. The Icfai University Journal of Governance and Public Policy. 3(2 & 3): 87-102.

  • Jamie Watts, Doug Horton, B Douthwaite, G Thiele, R Rovere, Shambu Prasad, C and C Staver. 2008. Transforming impact assessment: Beginning the quiet revolution of institutional learning and change. Experimental Agriculture. 44: 21?35.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2008. Learning alliances for poverty reduction. 2008. Capacity. 33: 8-9. Special issue on organisational learning.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2007. Rethinking innovation and development: Insights from the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in India. The Innovation Journal. 12 (2).
  • Inir Pinheiro and C Shambu Prasad. 2006. Changing the world through social entrepreneurship. Vilakshan, 3 (2): 251-265.

  • Shambu Prasad, C., A.J. Hall and S.P. Wani. 2006. Institutional history of watershed research: The evolution of ICRISAT?s work on natural resources in India. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research. 2(1): 1-34.
  • Shambu Prasad, C., Laxmi T and S.P. Wani. 2006. Institutional learning and change: A case study of the TATA ICRISAT watershed project. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, vol. 2(1):1-38.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2005. Science and technology in civil society: The innovation trajectory of spirulina algal technology.  Economic and Political Weekly. 40: 4363-4372.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2001. Towards an understanding of Gandhi?s views on science. Economic and Political Weekly. 36(39): 3721-3732.

  • Shambu Prasad, C. 1999. Suicide deaths and quality of Indian cotton: Perspectives from history of technology and khadi movement. Economic and political weekly. 34(5): PE12:19.

Cases/ Books / Articles / Book Chapters

  • Shambu Prasad, C. and Joseph Satish. 2018. Embedding Diversity in Social Entrepreneurial Research: India’s Learning Laboratories. In Anirudh Agrawal and Payal Kumar. Eds. “Social entrepreneurship and sustainable business models: The case of India”.  Palgrave McMillan.
  • Shambu Prasad, C. and Debashish Sen. 2017. “Exploring Diversity, Networks and Knowledge Regimes: Transitions and System Building in SRI in India” in Elzen B, Augustyn A-M, Barbier M, van Mierlo B eds.  AgroEcological Transitions : Changes and Breakthroughs in the making. Wageningen: Wageningen University and Research. pp.126-142

  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2015. A Green Economy of Permanence: Innovation Insights from Grassroots Knowledge. International Journal On Green Growth And Development, 53-56.

“Creating Knowledge Spaces through Knowledge Dialogues”
  • Shambu Prasad, C. 2015. “Creating Knowledge Spaces through Knowledge Dialogues”. In Suresh, K et al. (eds). Knowledge for Change: Essays in memory of Dr N.K. Sanghi. Hyderabad: WASSAN and Permanent Green. Pp 44-57.
DST ISTED project
  • "Creating a Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through an Incubator" supported by Dept of Science and Technology under Innovation-Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development (i-STED) project to CSEE IRMA.
Rural and Agricultural Mechanization in Odisha: Policy implications of the spread of small engines a
  • For the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) (May 2015 – Jan 2016)
Seeding Social Innovation and Enterprise in Universities
  • Competitive grant on social entrepreneurship from British Council with CSEE, IRMA and The Hive, Nottingham Trent University, UK. Dec 2015 - Nov 2016 
  • Coordinator, Regional partner for National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 - Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (August 2018 - Jan 2019) 
  • Coordinator for IRMA Study of Animal Husbandry Sector in Uttarakhand State for the Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board (Feb 2017 - May 2018)
  • Review of National Rural Livelihood Mission 2016-17, Team Member
literature review of interventions facilitating smallholder farmers’ access to markets
  • Principal Investigator for Vrutti-IRMA team on Farmer Producer Organisations. Oct 2017 - June 2018