: Mukul Kumar
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Designation : Associate Professor
Primary Areagroup(s) : Social Sciences
Address : B-2, Irma Campus, Anand Gujarat
Current Areas of Interest : Poverty, Public Action, Rural-Urban Linkage, Rural Transformation, Rural Livelihoods, Agriculture, Governance, Social Theory
Mukul Kumar is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), India. He has done his M.A., M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi. He is a development practitioner turned academic and has vast practical experience on issues of poverty and livelihoods affecting rural communities. He has worked with Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics (1996-97), with ARAVALI, Jaipur - Association for Rural Advancement through Voluntary Action and Local Involvement (1997-2004) and Research and Development Initiative, N. Delhi (2005-2008) in different capacities. He was Visting Faculty at Health Care Management Programme at Jamia Hamdard University for a course (Full Course) for two successive years. He has been an Assistant Professor at IRMA since 2008. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Social Science area. He has also published in leading academic journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, Psychology and Developing Societies, India Review and Development in Practice, Journal of Rural Studies and Social Change. He is currently the Managing Editor of International Journal of Rural Management which is brought out together by Sage India and IRMA. He was the Theme Coordinator of Rural-urban Linkage theme at IRMA that was supported by a grant by IDRC, Canada in which many faculty members undertook research projects on different aspects of linkage and rural transformation. This was later transformed into Centre for Rural-Urban Dynamics (CRUD). He is the founding Centre Coordinator of the Centre for Rural-Urban Dynamics. He has coordinated many Management Development Programmes (MDPs including international programmes). His research interests are poverty, public action, livelihoods, rural-urban linkage, rural transformation, agriculture and social theory.
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Academics / Awards
- Ph. D ( Sociology), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
- Rural Society and Polity (Post Graduate Level)
- Equity, Empowerment and Gender in Dairying (Post Graduate Level)
- Governance and Development (Post Graduate Level)
- Microfinance in India- Strategies and Options (Doctoral level- Course of Independent Study)
- A module on Participant Observation and Ethnomethodology (Doctoral level)
- A workshop conducted on 'Understanding Poverty' at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
- A course on management of voluntary development agencies at Jamia Hamdard University, N. Delhi
- Conducted a module on 'Microfinance and Livelihood' for ARAVALI Institute of Management, Jodhpur
Currently engaged in research on poverty, rural transformation & urbanisation and community based microfinance model, urban sanitation, unorganised woman worker
Reviewed Journal Papers for
Development in Practice (Taylor and Francis)
Land Use Policy (Elsevier)
International Journal of Rural Management (Sage)
Psychology and Developing Societies (Sage)
Managing Editor (2015-17) for International Journal of Rural Management brought out together by Sage and IRMA.
Associate Editor (2012-14) for International Journal of Rural Management
-Recently Completed obligations of a grant by IWMI, Colombo titled as 'Restoring the Ganges: Healthier rivers for safer water and more productive agro-ecosystems' (With Indranil De and Ila Patel)
-'Study of the Enabling Models of Microfinance and Social Capital for Sustainable Development' supported by INAFI India- Completed (With H. S. Shylendra and Girish Agrawal)
- Independent Assessment of Design, Strategies and Impact of DAY-NRLM (with an IRMA team) - ongoing - supported by Ministry of Rural Development
Impact Assessment of Local Area Development Programme of Bhavishya Bharat Foundation in North Sikkim supported by Bhavishya Bharat- with Atulan Guha (completed)
Conducting a research study to comprehend and analyse the issues of economic security and safety of females engaged in income generating activities in unorganised economic sectors in Bhuj city of Kutch district (With Indranil De and H. S. Shylendra) supported by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Bhuj, Gujarat (Recently Completed)
2016. Searching for the Middle Path in Microfinance Delivery (Co-authored with Sushant Kumar Sarma). Social Change 46 (4): 512-525.
- 2016. Contemporary Relevance of Jajmani Relations in Rural India . Journal of Rural Studies. 48(1-10).
- 2016. Social Normativity, Housing and Urbanisation in an Indian City. Development in Practice. Vol 26 (6): 794-807.
- 2015. Erstwhile Villages in Urban India. Development in Practice. 25(1): 124-132
- 2013 A View of Public Action as Collective Action: Evidence from an Indian Village. India Review. Vol. 12. Issue 2
- 2012. Invoking Everydayness in Poverty Studies in India: A Note on Approach and Method. Economic and Political Weekly (Special Article), Vol. 47, Issue No. 38 Background reading in a Course titled as "Nutrition, Food Security and Development" at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston
- Nov. 2010. Poverty and Culture of Daily Life. Psychology and Developing Societies. 22(2) 331-359
Reproduced in a textbook developed at California State University, San Bernardino as
Mukul Kumar ( 2012) 'Poverty and Culture of Daily Life' in Kevin E. Grisham (ed) The Non Western World: Perspectives on the Developing World and Its Peoples. Cognella Academic Publishing. San Diego.
- September 2007. Institutionalising Common Pool Resources Management: Case Studies of Pastureland Management from Rajsamand district, Rajasthan (Co-authored with P. K. Mishra). 8-14. Economic and Political Weekly.(Special Article)
- 2000. Process of A Vaccine Trial: Case of Anti-leprosy Vaccine (Co-authored with S. Tandon). Economic and Political Weekly. Feb. 26, 2000, vol. Xxxv Nos. 8 and 9. (Special Article)
- March 2004. Relationship of Caste and Crime in Colonial India: A Discourse Analysis. Economic and Political Weekly. March 6. Vol. XXXIX No.10.(Special Article)
- 2005. Perils of Participatory Democracy. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol XL No 46.
- 2013. Imagining Rural Transformation and Urbanisation. Network. IRMA.
- 2012. "Erstwhile Villages" in Urban Areas. IDRC-TTI Policy Note. IRMA.
- 2012. The Liminality of a Housing Colony in Kanpur Nagar. IDRC-TTI Working Paper. IRMA
- October 2011. Invoking Everydayness in Poverty Studies in India: A Note on Approach and Method. Working Paper 226.
- August 2010. The Location of Publics in Public Action: Evidence from a North Indian Village. IRMA Working paper 221.
- April 2009. Everyday Life and Poverty: A Cultural Critique. IRMA Working Paper 213.
- 2008. Desocialisation of Microfinance. Network. IRMA. Vol. 12 No. 1& 2
- Book Chapter
- 2017. Invoking Everydaynes in Poverty Studies in India. In Ananta Giri (ed) Cultivating Pathways of Creative Research: New Horizons of Transformative Practice and Collaborative Imagination. Primus Books. Delhi.
- 2001. Situational Analysis of Watershed Development Programme in Rajasthan: 1996-2001(Study Team Member and one of the co-authors). ARAVALI
- April 2001. Post Project Management of Completed Watersheds: A Study of Six Villages in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan(Conducted fieldwork and Co-authored with P.K. Mishra). ARAVALI.
- Aajeevika- Livelihoods in Rajasthan: Status, Constraints and Strategies for Sustainable Change. ARAVALI- Human Development Resource Centre. Discussion Paper Series-6. UNDP India.(One of the Core Study Team members)
- September 1997. Ethnography of a Vaccine Trial: The Trajectories of Documents and Objects(Co-authored with S. Tandon). Working paper No. 9. Social Science and Immunisation. Country Study: India, Center for Development Economics. Delhi School of Economics. Delhi.
- Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation, (January 20 - 24, 2014)
- Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation, (January 16 - 19, 2013)
- Project Proposal Writing, (April 17 - 20, 2012)
- Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation, (March 19 - 22, 2012)
- 20th International Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP), (November 14 - December 9, 2011)
- Assessment of Poverty and Livelihoods for Rural Communities for the Officers of the Government of Yemen, (April 7 - 27, 2011)
- Project Proposal and Report Writing, (March 7 - 10, 2011)
- Nineteenth International Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP 2010), (November 15 - December 10, 2010)
- Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation, (October 19 - 22, 2010)
- Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP), (November 16 - December 11, 2009)
- Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation, (September 22 - 25, 2009)
- Removing Poverty: Constraints, Opportunities and Strategies, (June 24 - 27, 2009)
- Training on Productive Safety Net, (October 13 - 20, 2008)
- UDAAN Management Development Programme in Rural Management for TATA Steel Global Wires Division, (February 1 - 3, 2017)
- UDAAN Management Development Programme in Rural Management for TATA Steel Global Wires Division, (July 5 - 7, 2016)
- International Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP), (October 5 - 23, 2015)
- Livelihood Enhancements and Micro-Enterprise Development through Community Participation, (February 9 - 13, 2015)
- General Management Programme (GMP), (January 19 - February 7, 2015)
- General Management Programme, (January 6 - 25, 2014)
- 'Social and Managerial Skills' for Newly Recruited Engineers, (June 15 - 19, 2013)
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Development, (March 18 - 20, 2013)
- General Management Programme, (February 25 - March 16, 2013)
- 21st International Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies, (November 19 - December 14, 2012)
- Governance of Decentralized Drinking Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation, (December 19 - 24, 2011)
- Project Management for Development Organisations, (March 14 - 17, 2011)
- Watershed Development and Livelihood Enhancement, (February 28 - March 4, 2011)
- Everybody Wins: Negotiating Skills for Managers, (January 18 - 21, 2011)
- Community Based Enterprises for Livelihood Enhancements, (September 13 - 17, 2010)
- Livelihood Enhancements for the Poor in a Watershed, (March 8 - 12, 2010)
- Community Development Training Programme for CSR Nodal Officers of NTPC, (December 1 - 4, 2009)
- Management Appreciation Programme for Voluntary Agencies (VOLAG-MAP 2008), (November 17 - December 12, 2008)