Dr. Hemant Kumar Profile

Dr. Hemant Kumar

Assistant Professor,

Center for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

School of Social Sciences

Phone No.: +91-8460113979, +91-9868568408

E-mail: hemantmbard[@]gmail.com,

Web page: http://in.linkedin.com/in/hemantkumar30

http://jnu.academia.edu/HemantKumar

Education

  • Ph.D., Center for Studies in Science Policy, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2007-2012.

    Research Topic: “Exploring Motivation, Collaboration and Linkages for Grassroot Innovation Systems in India

    (Supervisor: Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri)

    Key research issue:

    Deriving on the “system of innovation” literature this research work is a unique attempt to conceptualise “grassroot innovation” in the system framework, which is also an extension of my MPhil work. Despite the fact that informal sector innovations have been left out of academic discourse, have potential policy implications in general for developing countries and especially in India. The role of grassroot innovators at local as well as global level have been gradually realized by the different sections of the society. This has led to a dynamic grassroot innovation environment. Individual innovators especially in the informal sector and issues related to them, such as motivation, their linkages with different institutions etc., have been overlooked. Keeping this in mind, this research tries to analyse different actors, networks and their interplay in the “grassroot innovation system” in India.

  • M.Phil., Center for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2005-2007 (Ist Class. Grade awarded in Dissertation: A Plus)

    Research Topic: “Motivation to Innovate: A Study of Grassroot Innovators in India”

    (Supervisor: Dr Saradindu Bhaduri)

    Key research issue:

    In the recent past, the role of Grassroot Innovations for the developing economies like India has been recognized in a significant way. Being local in nature and environmentally sound, these innovations have potential to solve local problems as well as encourage cross border trade. My MPhil research work seeks to analyse the key motivating factors behind these innovations. Drawing upon the recent development in science policy studies and the field of social psychology, the dissertation will also explore the relationship (positive or negative) between the various extrinsic incentives (e.g. scope of patent protection) and “intrinsic motivations” (e.g. satisfaction of innate psychological needs) for the innovators. In the longer run I also intend to analyse how extrinsic incentives like patents shape the future occupational trajectories of these innovators. In other words, whether patent protection encourages them to innovate more, or lures them to exploit their existing innovations through some entrepreneurial ventures. Needless to mention, both have very high economic value as well as policy implications.

  • Master of Business Administration in Rural Development (MBA-RD), 2003, 1st Division, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Jhunsi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

    • Field studies/Community activities during MBA-RD: 3 community studies were undertaken as part of the degree requirement on-
    • Demographic structure (Ayodhya Village, Koraon, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India)
    • Community participation in construction and functioning of "Swarna Jayanti Balika School” (Asepur Village, Bahadurpur, Allahabad, U.P.)
    • Role of infrastructure (market) in the development of the village. (Sonauti Village, Bahadurpur, Allahabad, U.P.)

Awards/scholarships

  • UGC-NET Subject- Management.
  • Scholarship for Non-OECD country to attend summer school and 15 days Visiting Fellow Programme, STEPS Center, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (2012).
  • Globelics Academy Scholarship for attending Summer school at Technical Unievrsity of Lisbon, Portugal, Globelics Academy (2009).
  • Swedish Institute Summer University 2008 Scholarship, Swedish Institute, Sweden (2008).

Teaching/Research Experince

  • Visiting Fellow, STEPS Center, Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK (26th May to 8th June, 2012).
  • Guest lecture for M.Phil. students of Science, Technology and Development at Central University of Gujarat (CUG), Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Lectures on Innovation and Philosophy of Technology to the M.Phil students at Center for Studies in Science Policy, JNU, New Delhi.

Research Supervision

PhD (Awarded)

“Socio-technical Transition of Urban Mobility: From Diesel and Petrol to Compressed Natural Gas Transportation System in Delhi”, Mukesh Lakum (2014).

PhD (Ongoing)

  • “Innovations in Food Processing Industry: An Ethnography of Ready to Eat Food in Manipur” Wairokpam Premi Devi.
  • Social Shaping Of Banking: A Case Study of Alternative Banking Channels in Gujarat, Vandana Verma.
  • National System of Innovation in Horticulture: A Study of Apple Production in India, Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie
  • Carbon Capture and Storage in India, Nitesh Desai

MPhil (Awarded)

  • Regional Innovation System in Horticulture: A study of Apple production in Jammu and Kashmir, Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie (2014)
  • Socio-technical System of Carbon Capture and Storage: A Case of Gujarat, Nitesh Desai (Viva awaited)

MPhil (Ongoing)

Diffusion Dynamics of Grassroot Innovations in Gujarat, Anjali Lkaum

Publications

  • Dynamic networks of grassroot innovators in India. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (Forth coming).
  • Jugaad to grassroot innovations: Understanding the landscape of the informal section innovations in India. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. Vol. 6, No. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20421338.2014.895481 (with S. Bhaduri).
  • Extrinsic and intrinsic motivations to innovate: tracing the motivation of ‘grassroot’ innovators in India, 2011. Mind & Society 10(1), pp. 27-55 (DOI: 10.1007/s11299-010-0081-2) (with Saradindu Bhaduri).
  • Published as “Tracing the Motivation to Innovate: A study of ‘Grassroot’ Innovators in India” in Papers on Economics and Evolution. No.1209. Max Planck Institute of Economics. Jena. (ftp://papers.econ.mpg.de/evo/discussionpapers/2009-12.pdf). (with Saradindu Bhaduri)
  • A monograph on “The Political Economy of Tobacco in India: Perspectives on Production, Consumption and Control” Voluntary Health Association of India(VHAI), New Delhi. 2010. (with Saradindu Bhaduri and Amit Shovan Ray)
  • Does One Size Fit All? Intellectual Property and ‘Grassroot Innovators’ in India” in conference proceeding on “Leveraging Innovation and Invention Enhancing Competitiveness” published by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), New Delhi.
  • Reporting for Peoples’ Campaign for Common School System, August, 2007.
  • “Information Technology-A Potential Tool for Rural Development” in Monthly Newsletter of Computer Society of India, Allahabad Chapter, March 2003.
  • IDS Working paper titled “Sustainability in Action: Narratives of ‘Grassroot Innovations’ from India and UK” communicated for peer review to University of Sussex.

Paper presentation and participation in seminars

  • Presented a paper titled “Honeybee Network: Overview” at Delhi Workshop on Grassroots Innovation Movement, jointly organised by STEPS Centre (University of Sussex) and Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU on 8th February 2014, at Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • Emerging networks and changing motivation of grassroot innovators in India. Presented at XX Conference of Gujarat Sociological Society, Social development in Gujarat and India: Retrospect & Prospect, January 19-20, 2013, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Sector 29 Campus.
  • Chaired a session in XX Conference of Gujarat Sociological Society, Social development in Gujarat and India: Retrospect & Prospect, January 19-20, 2013, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Sector 29 Campus.
  • Pathways to sustainability, PhD summer school, IDS, STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK. (14 May to 25th May, 2012).
  • A paper titled “Emerging Networks and Changing Expectations of Grassroot Innovators in India” presented at EU-SPRI Spring School, Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria, 15th-17th March 2012.
  • Presented a paper titled “Creativity, Informal Innovation and Formal Education: A case of “grassroot innovators” in India” at a national conference on “Mass literacy and basic life skills: the unfinished modernist project in India” organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. (March 03-04, 20011).
  • Selected for “6th Ph.D. School on Innovation and Economic Development: Globelics Academy 2009” held in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by Globelics Academy in collaboration with ISEG, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Presented my PhD work (2-12 November, 2009).
  • Presented a paper “Tracing the Motivation to Innovate: A study of ‘Grassroot Innovators‘ in India” at 6th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics, 2009. Organized by Max Plank Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany (21st-23rd May, 2009).
  • Attended a comprehensive training programme on “Design and Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Developing Countries” organized jointly by UNU-MERIT, CDS and NISTADS in New Delhi, India. (2nd -7th February, 2009).
  • Presented a paper “Motivation to Innovate: A Theoretical Probe into Entrepreneur’s Motivation” in “ 15th EDIC National Conference on Advances on Frontiers of
    Entrepreneurship-from Research to Results
    ” organized by National Institute of Technical Teachers and Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh. (17-19 November, 2008).
  • Presented a paper “Does One Size Fit All? Intellectual Property and ‘Grassroot Innovators’ in India” in conference on “ Leveraging Innovation and Invention Enhancing Competitiveness” organized and published in conference proceedings by National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), New Delhi. (13-14 October, 2008).
  • Participated in Summer University Programme on “Openness and Sustainability” at Lunds University/Campus Helsingborg, Sweden and presented M.Phil. research work. (7th June 2008-20th June 2008).
  • Presented a paper “Towards an Index of Motivation to Innovate: A study of Grassroot Innovators in India” in International Workshop on “New Forms of Enterprises: Actionable Knowledge and Grassroots Innovation” (NISTADS Jointly with the AI & Society Journal of Springer-London) November 14-16, 2007, at NISTADS, New Delhi.

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, Center for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Central University of Gujarat, Sector-30, Gandhinagar-382030, Gujarat (Since November 2012).

Training & Project works

  • Online training programme on “Comprehensive Natural Disaster Risk Management Framework” conducted by National Institute of Disaster Management (Ministry of Home Affairs), New Delhi (7th January-17th February, 2008).
  • Urban Water Management” Center for Science and Environment 24th-28th September, 2007.
  • Research work done with Mother Dairy (Fruit and Vegetable Unit), Mangolepuri, Delhi “Impact Analysis of SAFAL model on the farmers of Naugaon block Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal.”

Project Proposal Developed

  • “A study of technological capability and innovations in the industrial clusters of the informal sectors in Nigeria and India” in collaboration with African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation (AISPI), Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
  • Research proposal titled “Banking Services, Technology and People Interface: A Study of Gujarat” submitted under ‘Sponsored research projects’ scheme for the financial year 2014-15 to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft office, Internet surfing
  • Stata 11, SPSS 17, Gephi 0.2.

Date of birth

30th September 1981.

Language Skill

English, Hindi

Area of Interest

Science, Technology and Society, Actor Network Theory, Innovation Studies, Motivation theories and Policy Research in Science and Technology.