Journal of Development Policy Review (JDPR): Vol. 1 Issues. 1 and 2 (2020): Special Issue - The COVID-19 Pandemic and India

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This special issue of the Journal of Development Policy Review (JDPR) focuses on the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic and India’. The whole journal divided into the following sections: Insights, Policy Perspectives, Special Articles, Young Voices, and Report Review. Articles in these sections cover the COVID-19 pandemic that has already posed and continues to pose innumerable challenges for policymakers and citizens across the globe.

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Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury is Senior Fellow with Observer Research Foundation’s (ORF) Neighbourhood Initiative and Secretary (Honorary) at the Indian Association for Asian and Pacific Studies (IAAPS). She specialises in South Asia, energy politics, forced migration and women in conflict zones. She was the recipient of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust Senior Media Fellowship (2007) and the Kodikara Award from the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo in 1998-99. Anasua was ICSSR PostDoctoral Fellow (2004-06) at the Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. She was also Visiting Fellow at The Maison des Sciences de I'Homme, Paris, where she worked on the subject “Logistics of Regional Integration in Europe and Question of Sovereignty.” She is editor of the online journal — IAAPS Perspective

Balwant Singh Mehta is Research Director at Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), Delhi. He has written five books and contributed over four dozen articles in reputed national and international journals on employment, inequality, poverty, child well-being, and information and communication technology on development/human development related issues. He has received several national and international awards and fellowships for his academic work such as Amy Mahan International Fellow from UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Spain; Research Fellowship from SIRCA (Singapore Internet Research Centre), Singapore; Emerging Researcher from IDRC (International Development Research Centre), Canada, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship from ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New Delhi, India.

Soumyadip Chattopadhyay is an Associate Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics and Politics, Visva Bharati University, West Bengal, and a Senior Fellow at Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He is the coordinator of the Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies, IMPRI. He was associated with Graduate School of Geography, Clark University as a C.V. Raman Fellow, and with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield as a Commonwealth Academic Fellow. His research interests lie in the field of development studies, and specifically in urban finance, urban inequality, and ongoing transformations in urban governance in Indian cities. He is currently serving as one of the Associate Editors of International Journal of Rural Management.

Simi Mehta is the CEO and Editorial Director of Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI) and Managing Editor of JDPR. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and was a Fulbright Fellow at Ohio State University, USA. Her areas of research include US and India’s agriculture and foreign policies, international security studies, sustainable development, climate change, gender justice, urban environment and food security.

Draupadi Murmu is an Indian politician who is the eighth and current Governor of Jharkhand since May 2015. She is the first governor of Jharkhand to complete the five-year term, since its formation in 2000.

Bibek Debroy is the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Council. Debroy has made significant contributions to game theory, economic theory, income, and social inequalities, poverty, law reforms, railway reforms, and Indology among others.

Andrew Ford is an Australian diplomat and the current Consul-General at Australian Consulate, Kolkata, India.

Rattan Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, SENR Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC), at School of Environment and Natural Resources Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Cente, The Ohio State University, USA.

Sukhadeo Thorat is a Professor Emeritus at Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Samia Zennadi is an archaeologist by training and a publisher, based in Algeria.

Utpal Kumar De is a Professor at Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. E-mail:

Bibhas Saha is an Economist at Durham University Business School, United Kingdom.

Arjun Kumar is a Director of IMPRI, New Delhi; China-India Visiting Scholars (CIVS) Fellow, Ashoka University. 

M. Ramachandran is the Chairperson of Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation; Senior Adviser, US Green Building Council; Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India.

P. C. Mohanan is the former Acting Chairperson, National Statistical Commission (NSC), Government of India.

Rashmi Singh is the Additional Commissioner, North Delhi Municipal Corporation; Former Secretary, New Delhi Municipal Council.

Amrita Saha is the Research Fellow at The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, United Kingdom.

Marco Carreras is the Research Officer at The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, United Kingdom.

Almas Mazigo is the Lecturer at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE), Tanzania. 

Manoj Kumar Singh is the Serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer; Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Prior to this, he was the Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Government of UP.

Shipra Maitra is the Professor and Head, Urban Development Department, Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi; Chairperson (H), Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies, IMPRI, New Delhi.

Manish Priyadarshi is the Associate Professor at International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), New Delhi

I. C. Awasthi is the Honorary Secretary, Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) and Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI); Professor, Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi

Govind Kelkar is the Executive Director of GenDev Centre for Research and Innovation, Gurgaon; Chairperson (H), Gender Impact Studies Centre, IMPRI; Visiting Professor, Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi.

Srruthi Lekha Raaja Elango is a Researcher at GenDev Centre for Research and Innovation, Gurgaon, India.

Partha Ray is the Director of Central European Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India (GoI); Chairperson (H), Centre for International Relations and Strategic Studies, IMPRI, New Delhi.

Ziming Li is a Research Fellow at Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Aditi Madan is an Associate Fellow (Programme and Communication) at Institute for Human Development, New Delhi

Mansi Awasthi is working with Economic and Policy Wing, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), New Delhi; Affiliated researcher, R4D Project “Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States”, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Soumya Bhowmick is a Junior Fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Kolkata, India.

Vani Kaushik is a Student, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, India.

Laura v. Puttkamer is a Consultant and Urban Journalist on Participatory Urban Development, parCitypatory, Mexico City, Mexico.

Ritika Gupta is a Senior Research Assistant, IMPRI, New Delhi, India.

Anshula Mehta is Secretarial Assistant for the Journal of Development Policy Review, and a Senior Research Assistant at Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. 

Debojyoti Das is with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

Rose McReid is the Associate Partner and Design Editor at IndraStra Global New York, USA.

Rahul Guhathakurta is the Publisher at IndraStra Global New York, USA.

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