Rusha Das


Rusha is a doctoral student of public policy at IIMA.  Her dissertation focusses on understanding the political dynamics involved in chnages associated with India's EIA regulation from a neo-Gramscian perspective. Rusha have been awarded the prestigious Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Research Fellowship for the year 2021-22. Under the swiss scholarship Rusha is currently working as a visiting research fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Her work at the research centre is to examine and critically analyse the forms of citizen engagement and public access to justice in the context of EIA in Switzerland. 

Her other research interest focusses on everyday negotiations between state and society in urban India. For post-colonial countries like India the boundaries between the state and society are described as blurred, a false dichotomy, a spongiform interface (Nugent, 1994; Gupta 1995; Harris-White, 1997). Rusha’s work is a multi-cited ethnographic study, where she examines the role of ward councillors as political mediators between the municipal corporation and the citizens.

Before joining IIMA, Rusha has worked as an Assistant Professor in various management institutions in Mumbai and have a total work experience of 5.5 years. 


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Public Systems Group

Academic Degrees/Education

Ph.D. Programme in Management

Research Interests

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation and Political legitimacy
  • Everyday practices of state and society
  • Urban Decentralization
  • Public participation and Citizen engagement