Consider Gross National Happiness in policy formation, says Prof Singh at Essex workshop

Gross National Happiness should be considered in policy formation, said Professor Amita Singh of Jawaharlal Nehru University at the workshop on ‘Development and Change in India’ at the University of Essex on 27 September 2013.

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Part of a collaboration between The Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) of the University of Essex and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, this workshop explored how communities adapt and navigate the complex terrain of development-induced change with a focus on India.

A welcome and introduction by Professor Steffen Boehm (Director, ESI) was followed by two keynotes addresses by JNU academics. Delivering her keynote on ‘Assessing development through the Ecosystem Well-being Index (EWI),’ Professor Amita Singh (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU), emphasised the importance of considering a radical change in the way we perceive wellbeing and prosperity, stepping beyond GNP-based policy frameworks and exploring the potential of alternatives such as Gross National Happiness. She argued that ecosystem-based developmental planning is the only sustainable way for containing disruptive forces of implanted development and highlighted India’s disturbing trend of passing the poor’s food land to the rich for other uses..

Professor Sachidanand Sinha (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU), in his keynote on ‘Development and Displacement of Land-based Communities: The tribal population of Central India,’ highlighted the massive land acquisition for development projects in the last two decades in India. His paper examined the magnitude of displacements of the agrarian communities in general and the tribes in particular, the processes of land acquisition of the forest-based communities in the central tribal belt (especially for mining) and the consequences on these communities’ livelihoods and survival. He also examined the question of alternative development paradigm, which may strengthen democratic processes and bring back the objectives of sustainable development with citizens at the centre of the development process.

The two keynotes were followed by five papers from the University of Essex:

  • Sanjay Lanka (Essex Business School): Challenges faced by small and marginal farmers in India –The role of government programmes
  • Professor Shazad Uddin (Essex Business School): Corporate Governance, Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development in South Asian Countries
  • Dr Natasha Ezrow (Department of Government): Economic Boom in India? Examining the Effects of State Corruption and Agricultural Neglect
  • Dr Stuart Bunting (School of Biological Sciences): Evaluating diversification and sustainable intensification as strategies to enhance agriculture-based livelihoods and conserve highland aquatic biodiversity in Buxa, West Bengal, India
  • Professor Colin Samson (Department of Sociology): The Colonial Inheritance of the Concept of Development: European and Non-European Societies

The event closed with a networking dinner.

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

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Essex workshop: India’s Development and Change

SML-Essex-India-WSA workshop on ‘Development and Change in India’ will take place at the University of Essex (Room 5S.4.11 at the Wivenhoe Park campus) on 27 September 2013.

Part of a collaboration between The Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) of the University of Essex and Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, this workshop will explore how communities adapt and navigate the complex terrain of development-induced change with a focus on India.

Followed by a welcome by Professor Steffen Boehm (Director, ESI), two Indian academics will deliver keynotes:

  • Professor Amita Singh (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Designing Human Wellbeing as Ecosystems Disappear
  • Professor Sachidanand Sinha (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Development and Displacement of Land-based Communities: The tribal population of Central India

 The workshop will also feature several other speakers:

  • Sanjay Lanka (Essex Business School, University of Essex)
  • Professor Shazad Uddin (Essex Business School, University of Essex): Corporate Governance, Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development in South Asian Countries
  • Dr Natasha Ezrow (Department of Government, University of Essex): Economic Boom in India? Examining the Effects of State Corruption and Agricultural Neglect
  • Dr Stuart Bunting (School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex): Evaluating diversification and sustainable intensification as strategies to enhance agriculture-based livelihoods and conserve highland aquatic biodiversity in Buxa, West Bengal, India
  • Professor Colin Samson (Department of Sociology, University of Essex): The Colonial Inheritance of the Concept of Development: European and Non-European Societies

The event will come to a close with a facilitated roundtable discussion.

For more information, please contact Dr Zareen Bharucha: zpbhar@essex.ac.uk

Image adapted from the ESI website

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Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Essex workshop: Development and Change in India

SML-JointImg-EssexESI-IndiaPlease note that this event has been cancelled due to reasons beyond the control of the ESI.

 

A workshop titled ‘Development and Change in India’ will take place at the University of Essex (Room 4S.6.28 in Colchester Campus) on 26 June 2013.

Part of a collaboration between The Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) of the University of Essex and Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, this workshop will explore how communities adapt and navigate the complex terrain of ‘development-induced change’ with a focus on India.

The speakers will include:

  • Professor Amita Singh (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Assessing development through the Ecosystem Well-being Index (EWI)
  • Professor Sachidanand Sinha (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Development and Displacement of Land-based Communities: The tribal population of Central India
  • Professor Fiona Marshall (Science, Technology & Policy Research Unit and STEPS Centre, University of Sussex): Living on the edge: Perspectives on Sustainability in Peri-Urban India

Papers will be followed by facilitated roundtable discussion and a post-event dinner courtesy of the ESI.

The event will be facilitated by Professor Steffen Boehm and Dr Zareen Bharucha of the ESI.

Contact Dr Zareen Bharucha: zpbhar@essex.ac.uk

Image adapted from the ESI website

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Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Keele among joint-firsts in CRC League

Keele University was among the 22 organisations that topped the first ever government Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) league tables announced in November 2011.

 

Launched in April 2010, CRC is a mandatory government scheme to enhance energy efficiency and emissions reduction in large public and private sector organisations. This league table ranked the participants in terms of their early action on energy management.

 

Among the 2013 organisations ranked, six other universities were within the first 100: University of Bath (rank 30), University of Essex (34), Open University (48), University of Central Lancashire (54), Manchester Metropolitan University (59) and University of Birmingham (73). Twenty-three universities, along with 779 other organisations, ranked joint last.

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