Seminar and Talks


  • Nitrate Pollution in the Groundwater of the Agriculture-Intensive District of Nalanda, Bihar, India at AGU Fall Meeting 2022, 12th-16th December 2022, Chicago, USA (with Anurag Verma and Prabhakar Sharma)

  • Selection of Water Bodies for Effective Natural Recharge in Nalanda District of Bihar: A Geospatial Approach at AGU Fall Meeting 2022, 12th-16th December 2022, Chicago, USA (with Anurag Verma, Kanda Ganesh and Prabhakar Sharma)

  • Can ICTs Help Track the SDGs? Assessing the Digital Monitoring Tools and Outcomes of ‘Clean India’ (Swatch Bharat) Mission at 5th European Conference on Technology Assessment “Digital Future(s): TA in and for a changing world”, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany July 25-27 2022

  • Rural Electrification Through Solar Off-Grids in India: The Dharnai Experience at Post-Growth Lab, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain, 22 July 2022

  • Worlding of Bodh Gaya: Global Visions vs Local Realities at the 4th Bodh Gaya Global Dialogues organized by Deshkal Society and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Delhi, India, 25-27 March 2022 (with Ritika Rajput)

  • Varieties of Environmentalism in India Revisited at a National Seminar on Women and Environmental Movements in Indian History organized by Nalanda College, Bihar Shariff, Patliputra University, India, 14-15 March 2022 (Plenary Talk)

  • Debating Energy Democracy from the Margins at the ICSSR-ERS International Webinar on "Sustainable Development: Taming Consumption, Yearning for Inclusivity" Organized by Centre for Knowledge Ideas and Development Studies, Kolkata, India 25-26 Feb 2022


  • Climatic Variability and Environmental Change in South Bihar, India: An Integrated View at Workshop on Implementation of Aquifer Storage & Recovery for Sustainable Agriculture, 2021 organized by Nalanda University, Rajgir, 25-26 Feb, 2021


  • Integrating Top-Down and Bottom-Up Perspectives for Site Selection for Aquifer Storage and Recharge at AGU Fall Meeting, 2020, Online, 1-17 December, 2020 (with Prabhakar Sharma, Poornima Verma, Somnath Bandyopadhyay)


  • Artificial Recharge and Reuse of Suddenly Available Water in South Bihar, India at AGU Fall Meeting, 2019, San Francisco, USA, 9-13 December, 2019 (with Prabhakar Sharma, Anurag Verma, Poornima Verma, Kumar Ashutosh, Somnath Bandyopadhyay and Kishore Kumar Dhavala) (Poster Presentation)

  • Bricolage Economies of Water in Delhi and Emerging Sustainability Challenges at National Consultation on Sustainable Urban Water Management Systems Planning for Healthy and Liveable Cities, organised by Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU, New Delhi, 25-27 November, 2019

  • Trajectories of Agrarian Change in South Bihar: Agricultural Modernisation, Vulnerabilities and Environmental Risks at Workshop on Aquifer Storage & Recovery for Sustainable Agriculture organized by Nalanda University, Rajgir, 15-16 November 2019

  • Environment and Development Debate in India: The Greening of Developmental Discourse or a Greenwash? at National Seminar on Population, Health and Environment organised by the G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj, September 20-22, 2019

  • Is the State Withering Away in the Era of Hybrid Environmental Governance? Changing State, Society and Market Relations in South Bihar at the Conference on Economic Theory and Policy organised by the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, New Delhi, 30 March 2019.


  • Pathways for Sustainable Development: An Indian Perspective at the Geopolitics of Development: Pathways and Significance of Development in the Global South organized by the Royal Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, 22-23 November 2018, Rabat, Morocco

  • Panel Discussion on the Agenda for Creating a South-South Network to Understand Developmental Models in the Global South organized by the Royal Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, 22-23 November 2018, Rabat, Morocco

  • Formation and Reproduction of Bricolage “Economies of Water” in Delhi at the Instituting Economic Processes: Reflections on the work of Mark Harvey Conference organised by University of Essex and Manchester University, UK on 5th October 2018 (via Skype)

  • Revisiting Community-based Traditional Irrigation System of South Bihar at the Sixth Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies International Conference (NRAS) held at the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India during 20-22 September 2018 (with Kumar Gaurav)

  • Governance of Traditional Irrigation Systems in South Bihar: Changing Contours and Emerging Challenges at the Bodh Gaya Global Dialogues organized by the Deshkal Society, 9-11 March 2018, Bodh Gaya


  • STS and Innovation Studies: Incompatibilities and Meeting Points (Invited talk) at the Fourth IndiaLICS Training Workshop organized by the Jawaharlal Nehru University and CSIR-NISTADS, 5th November 2017, New Delhi.

  • Panel Discussion on Communicating Science Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, at the Fourth IndiaLICS International Conference 2017 held during 2-4 November 2017, organized by Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, RIS and CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi.

  • Diffusion of Climate Smart Technologies in Agrarian South Bihar, India: A Case of Solar Based Water Pumps, at the Fourth IndiaLICS International Conference 2017 held during 2-4 November 2017, organized by Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, RIS and CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi.

  • Exploring Sustainable Livelihood Diversification and Women Empowerment in Rural Bihar: The Role of Public Institution, at the Fifth Annual National Conference of Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS) held during 27-29 October 2017 at the Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (with Aparna Jha)

  • Top-down and bottom-up Meanings of ‘New’ Technologies: A Case of Solar Panels in Dharnai, Bihar, at the International Conference on Burning Fields, Bio Fuels, and Bettering Farm Life: Pursuing Responsible Research and Innovation through Mutual Learning organised by Maastricht University and Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, Delhi 11-13 September, 2017.

  • Science Based Standards and Governance: Opening the “Black Box” of Regulation Making for Bottled Water Quality in India, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Social Studies of Science, Boston, USA, 30 Aug-2 Sep 2017.

  • Mission Impossible? Exploring Agricultural Sustainability in South Bihar, India, at the Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany, July 7, 2017.

  • Encountering Sustainability: Governance of Irrigation Systems in South Bihar, International Conference on Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision, organized by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) Patna, India, March 24-28, 2017.

  • Rural Change in the Kosi River Basin: A Capital Goods Perspective, International Conference on Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision, organized by the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) Patna, India, March 24-28, 2017 (with Stephen Biggs, Scott Justice, Rajendra Uprety)

  • Debating Sustainability Challenges in Agrarian South Bihar, India: Changing Contours of Irrigation Landscape, Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference 2017, Toronto, Canada March 16-19, 2017


  • Changing Irrigation Practices and Sustainability Challenges, International Seminar on Responsible Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture: The Problem of Rice Straw Burning in Punjab, organized by Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Kheti Virasat Mission and Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Chandigarh, Punjab, 29-30 November 2016

  • The Visions, Expectations and Realities of Diffusion of Emerging Solar Energy Technologies: A Case Study of Dharnai, Bihar, 8th S.Net Annual Conference - The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies, University of Bergen, Norway, 12-14 October 2016

  • Change and Continuity: Irrigation Technologies in South Bihar, India, Colloquium on Science, Technology and Society Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches of Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) Graz, Austria, 28 June 2016.

  • Changing Irrigation Practices and Emerging Sustainability Challenges in Southern Bihar: A Dialogue between Policy and Practice, Contested Agronomy: Dynamics, Cases and Implications, University of Sussex, UK, 23-25 February 2016

  • Growth of Drinking Water Purification Technologies in Urban India: A Critical Perspective, 47th Annual Seminar of The Regional Science Association, India on Urbanization and Regional Sustainability, Department of Geography, University Of Calcutta, Kolkata, 28-30 January 2016 (with Saradindu Bhaduri and Nazia Talat)


  • Poster Presentation, Technology, Standards, and Supporting Institutions: An Evolutionary Analysis of Water Purification Technologies in Bottled Water Industry in India, 13th GLOBELICS International Conference, Havana, Cuba, 23-25 September 2015


  • Sustainability Challenges of Food and Water in Trans-Yamuna and Trans-Hindon Area in National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, India, Workshop on Challenges of Food, Water, Energy and Waste for Sustainable Cities in Select Regions of India, International Social Science Council (ISSC) and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Nov 24, 2014 (with Pritpal Randhawa)

  • Urban Food Security and the Peri-Urban Interface in India, 2014 ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) Annual Science Meeting, New Delhi, November 27th, 2014 (with Fiona Marshall and others)

  • Poster Presentation, The Changing Terrains of Regulatory Science in Developing Countries: NGOs, Controversies and “Opening-Up” of Regulatory Governance, Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures, University of California, Santa Barbara, 13-15 November 2014 (with Poonam Pandey)


  • Bricolage Economies of Water in Delhi, International Workshop on Properties of Water, University of Essex, United Kingdom, 3-4 October 2013 (with Mark Harvey).

  • An Attempt to Analyse the Impact of Wheat Production on Environment using LCA, Workshop on Using Life Cycle Assessment and a Systems Approach to Sustainability, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Oxford University, New Delhi, 1 October 2013. (with Anirban Biswas, Biswajit Kar and Robin Singhal)

  • Understanding the Agricultural Transformation in South Bihar: Irrigation Technologies, Water Rights and the Sustainability Challenges, Nalanda University Colloquium, New Delhi, 14 August 2013.

  • Standards, Regulations and Water Purification Technologies in India: An Evolutionary Analysis, Asian Society for Innovation Policy Conference – Innovation for Development, New Delhi 28-30 August 2013.

  • Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Development of Urban Water Provisioning”: A Case of Patna, Development Meet 2013: Challenges in Development with Bihar as the Face, Central University of Bihar, Patna, 1-3 March 2013.


  • The Framing of Drinking Water Quality in India’s Water Law, Third Law and Social Sciences Research Network Conference, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 14-16 December 2012.

  • Bricolage Economies of Water in Delhi: The Formation of Spatial and Social Divisions, Workshop on Informal Space in the Urban Waterscape, UNESCO-IHE - Institute for Water Education, Delft, Netherlands, 4-5 December 2012 (with Mark Harvey)

  • Scarcity, Risk and Sustainability: Public Narratives of Bottled Water Consumption in India, Pathways to Sustainability Conference, STEPS Summer School, University of Sussex, Brighton, 24 May 2012.

  • Choice or Necessity: The Dynamics of Bottled Water Consumption in Urban India, International Symposium on Anthropology of Global Issues, New Delhi, 1-3 April 2012 (with Saradindu Bhaduri)

  • People Perception of Public Participation in Regulatory Decision Making: The Case of Bottled Water Quality Standards in India, 11th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology, New Delhi, 6-9 Dec 2010.

  • Role of Youth in Sustainable Development: Challenges and Remediation, XXXV All Kerala Sociological Conference, Kochi, 21-23 November 2008.