Given the enormous challenges facing the global and Indian economy and the need for a great variety of initiatives at multiple levels to resolve them, the first step is to build a new generation of scholars and practitioners that understand and engage with these issues.
To that end, the workshop seeks to create a space for an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the advanced stages of their PhD dissertations from all over world to collaboratively engage in these issues with each other and with leading academics and practitioners.
In the two-week summer workshop from July 4 - July 17, 2016 students will be exposed to the work an ideas of about 10 invited scholars. The workshop will take care of travel and accommodation. Over the course of the workshop, students will interact with scholars and practitioners in two primary ways:
- Lecture series: Each day, 2 speakers will present their latest research and overview of projects to the small group of approximately 20 students. Speakers will be drawn primarily from Economics but have broad other interests (policy makers and NGOs).
- Dinner and lunch discussions provide an opportunity for more informal interactions between speakers and students, including an opportunity to explore the interplay between academic disciplines and policy.
The conversations that start in Bangalore should continue long after the completion of the workshop. Our goal is, to create a national network of scholars and practitioners who can continually build on each other’s ideas and learn from each other over time.
The set of (non-exhaustive) themes to be discussed this year is:
- Structural Change and Development
- Caste and Identity
- Global and Indian Inequality
- Welfare and the State
- Informality and Social Protection
- Global Financial Integration
- Environmental Constraints and the Public Good
- The Future of Development