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Dr. Pradip Swarnakar is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Dr. Swarnakar is trained as environmental sociologist specialized in climate change adaptation and policy, social network analysis and sustainability transition. He has obtained his doctoral degree from IIT Kanpur. He is an administrative board member of an international project group “Climate Change Policy Network (www.compon.org)” which deals with the climate policy of 20 countries. As an expert of social and discourse network analyst, he is instrumental in policy network data analysis of India, Finland, USA, Brazil and Australia. He has worked with a range of international scholars and published peer-reviewed article in Socius (A journal of American Sociological Association), British Journal of Sociology (A journal of British Sociological Association), Environmental Science and Policy, and Economic and Political Weekly. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Environmental Studies, University of San Francisco, USA, the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland, and the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH-UFZ, Germany. He has been awarded prestigious Fulbright fellowship to study “Sociocultural dimension of drought management in the era of climate change: Lessons learned from California.” He was also a recipient of KONE Foundation senior researcher grant and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft bilateral grant. He is co-editor of the book Bottom-up Approaches in Governance and Adaptation for Sustainable Development: Case Studies from India and Bangladesh (SAGE Publications, 2017). Synergizing his expertise in environmental sociology and information technology, he is (with Prof. S Zavestoski from California) exploring the idea to create a global platform “Sustainability Experimentation Venture Network (SEVeN)”, (see https://sustainability7.net) highlighting the role of grassroots innovation and indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation of the vulnerable communities.

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