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Social Science Research in India: Status, Issues, and Policies

Sukhadeo Thorat and Samar Verma


Social science research (SSR) has a vital role in enriching societies, by generating scientific knowledge that brings insights—even enlightenment—in understanding the dynamics of human behaviour and development. For social sciences to realize their potential in shaping public policy, it is imperative that the research ecosystem is dynamic and vibrant; the institutions governing it are robust and effective; and those producing quality research are strong and well governed. This volume elaborates on various dimensions of SSR in India, presenting a strong case for designing a comprehensive nation ... More

Keywords: social science research, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), research infrastructure, research journal, collaboration, funding, policy, research quality, public policy, Think Tank Initiative, policy impact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199474417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199474417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sukhadeo Thorat, editor
Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)

Samar Verma, editor
Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada

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1 Introduction

Sukhadeo Thorat and Samar Verma

Section I Research Infrastructure

3 Research Institutes in SSR

Satyakam Joshi and Sadan Jha

4 Research Journals in Social Sciences

A.V. Manjunatha and B.B. Chand

5 International Collaborations as Research Infrastructure

P.K. Viswanathan, R. Parthasarathy and Madhusudan Bandi

Section II Research Output

6 Research Output

Surinder Kumar, Prashant Kumar Trivedi and Shilp Sikha Singh

Section III Quality of Research

7 Quality of Social Science Research in India

Amit Shovon Ray, M. Parameswaran, Manmohan Agarwal, Sunandan Ghosh, Udaya S. Mishra, Upasak Das and Vinoj Abraham

Section IV Policy Impact of Social Science Research

9 Policy Impact: Evidence on Central Government Policies

William Joe, Aakshi Kalra and Manoj Panda

Section V Research Funding

11 Funding for Social Science Research: Government Sources

K. Gayithri and Indrajit Bairagya, with inputs from Ram Kumar Mishra and Jayasree Raveendran

12 Funding for Social Science Research: International and Corporate

Ram Kumar Mishra and Jayasree Raveendran, with inputs from K. Gayithri and Indrajit Bairagya

Section VI Social Science Policy in India

13 Social Science Policy in India

Swarup Dutta and S.V. Narayanan