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Dr. Rajesh K

Senior Urban Fellow
Kerala institute of Local Administration

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Personal Information

Date of Birth : 26 April 1978
Sex : Male
Marital Status : Married
Languages Known    : Malayalam, English & Hindi
Communication Address
KILA, Mulamkunnthukavu PO, Thrissur, Kerala-680581

Mode of Appointment : Regular
Date of Joining in Service : 11 February 2021

Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Development Studies
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication

Present Responsibilities

  • Senior Urban Fellow, Center for Urban Governance, KILA
  • Course Director, Training of Urban Local Governments
  • Coordination of Trainings on waste management
  • Coordination of Trainings on extreme poverty eradication
  • Undertaking academic studies
  • Internal committee member
  • Student Internship Guidance

Major International and National Assignments Completed / On going

  • Research team member representing Kerala state for the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education [CPRHE] to work in the project “Diversity and Discrimination in higher education in India”, of National University of Education Planning and Administration [NEUPA].

Areas of Expertise

  • Expertise in Local Planning,
  • Local Economic Development,
  • Participatory Planning,
  • Social Science Research Methodology,
  • Qualitative Research,
  • Urban Governance
  • Decentralized Planning & Grassroots Democracy
  • Social Exclusion

Areas of Interest

  • Democratic decentralization
  • Local planning
  • Social exclusion and inclusive studies
  • Policy research

Other Academic Positions

  • Senior Fellow, Integrated Rural Technology Center, Palakkad, Kerala

Significant Awards Received

  • ICSSR fellowship for PHD programme (2008-2012)

Important Consultancy Programmes ( National & International)

  • Performed as Consultant Advisor, Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand Gujarat, during 2015-2019.
  • Carried out responsibilities in preparing strategic paper on National Level Decentralized Planning.
  • Developed Strategy paper for block planning in five states (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Orissa, Karnataka, and Andhra).


Selected Publications

Books Published

  • Local Politics and Participatory planning in Kerala. Primus Books, New Delhi (2020).
  • Local planning and democracy: Lessons from Kerala. Kanishka publishers, New Delhi (2015).
  • Vikendreekritha Asoothranam Keralathile Anubhavangal. (Malayalam) (2011), (Decentralized Planning: Kerala’s experiences) Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad, Kerala.
  • Kerala Vikasanam oru Janapaksha Sameepanam (Kerala Development: A People’s Oriented Approach, Malayalam), Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (M.P. Parameswaran & K Rajesh Eds, 2015).

Research Articles/ Chapters

  • Participatory institutions and people’s practices in India: An analysis of the decentralization experiences in Kerala State, in D. Sundar Ram, Eds, (2009), Grassroots Planning and Local Governance in India: Policy initiatives and people’s participation, P.P.198-216, Kanishka publishers, New Delhi
  • Leaving no one behind, Lessons from the Kerala disasters (2019). Reimagining the role of local self-governments in Kerala in disaster management

International / National Conference attended

  • International Congress on Kerala Studies 2015 & 2016
  • ICSSR sponsored two day National Seminar on“ Development at Margins: Marginality and Marginalization in India’s Growth Story”, Tamil Nadu 2015
  • National seminar on Democratic Decentralisation in Kerala: Prospects and challenges, Santhigiri Thiruvananthapuram, 2012.
  • National seminar on Decentralised governance and women empowerment, Institute of Parliamentary affairs, Thiruvananthapuram 2010
  • National Colloquium on Grass roots level planning and local government institutions in India, Academy of grassroots governance and research of India, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, August 2009
  • National seminar on ‘Praxis–Burgeoning paradigms in participatory approaches, Kalady Kerala 2006
  • International Conference on A decade of decentralization in Kerala: Issues Options and Lessons, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Organised at Thiruvananthapuram, October 2005.

International Fellowships & Visits

  • Serves as Ph.D. research guide since June 2020, with Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) Mexico, at the Superior School of Economics.

Working Papers

  • Rajesh. K., Gandharv Palliwal, and Nirali Sukhla. (2018), “Strategy paper for block planning”, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand, Gujarat.
  • Rajesh K and M Benson Thomas (2011), “Decentralisation and interventions in health sector: A critical inquiry into the experience of Local Self Governments in Kerala” (Working paper No271), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.
  • Rajesh K (2010), “Reproduction of institutions through people’s practices: Evidences from a Grama Panchayath in Kerala” (Working Paper No 254), Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, ISBN: 978-81-7791-110-7

Training and Capacity Building Related Publications

  • Training Programme for Child Friendly Local Governance. Impact Assessment of KILA
  • A Training Programme on Capacity building for Municipal officers. Impact Assessment of KILA

Selected research reports

  • Exploring potentials of local governments in improving the quality of secondary education: mapping experiments and prospects of Thrissur district panchayaths, Kerala. Funded by UNICEF 2019 – 2020
  • Policy research project on diversity and discrimination in higher education of India, for National Institute for Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA 2016)
  • Role of Model Residential Schools in the Educational Attainment of Tribal Students: An Analysis of Performance of Tribal Residential Schools in Kerala. for Kerala State Planning Board (2020).

KILA Publications by Dr. Rajesh K

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