WZB Awards First Global Fellowship


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Sujoy Dutta is the first Fellow of the WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Program. From August 2014, he will spend six months researching at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center on “The struggle for employment guarantee and role of civil society: the case of Nrega in India.”

This project will focus on the role civil society, together with local organizations, will play in reforming the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in India, as well as how the reforms will impact on the rural communities affected by them.

Dutta is currently Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Studies, Hyderabad, India. His main research interests include agrarian structure, peasant economy and society, differentiation of peasantry and strategies of mobilization, and resistance amongst peasants. He holds a PhD in South Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

During his residency at the WZB, Dutta will be affiliated to the Inequality and Social Policy research unit.

Through their Global Fellowship Program, the WZB and the ISSC aim at contributing towards building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems. The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Program enables an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months with the WZB.