AII Conference Room, Australia India Institute @ Delhi, B3/70, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi 110029
About the Event:
AII@Delhi is hosting a seminar for visiting international students on "Energy, Environment and Security". The seminar will entail students from the universities of Melbourne, Birmingham and Delhi led by Dr Pradeep Taneja, Faculty Member, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and Dr Jonathan Fisher, Senior Lecturer, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, who would be in attendance as well. The objective of the seminar will be to identify issues concerning energy and environmental security in India and Australia. It will seek to enhance a common understanding whilst emphasising the need for shared responsibility and areas of cooperation. It will also highlight policy recommendations to the respective governments on various issues pertaining to energy and environment in the region. The speakers for the event include: Dr Nitya Nanda, Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The seminar is special as it would honour the Institute’s first student interaction with 20-25 international/national research scholars from Melbourne, Birmingham and New Delhi.
About the Speakers:
Nitya Nanda is a Fellow at the Centre for Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi; and an adjunct faculty at TERI University. He is also the editor of TERI’s flagship publication, Journal of Resources, Energy and Development, a peer-reviewed journal published from TERI Press. Nitya has about two decades of experience in research, consulting and teaching on international trade, investment and development issues. Prior to his engagement with TERI, he worked with CUTS International, Jaipur; National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi; and Council for Social Development, New Delhi. Nitya had his education in the University of Calcutta and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. An economist by training, his current areas of interest are: international trade, intellectual property rights, resources, energy and environment issues including the relevant legal and political economy dimensions. Trade and investment in the resource sectors and their implications for resource rich countries including impacts on the macroeconomic variables and the communities as well as the resource security issues have received special attention in his recent work. He has also used both quantitative and qualitative techniques in his research.
Nitya has done consulting assignments for several agencies including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), Oxfam GB, and the European Commission (EC). He has travelled widely for attending conferences as well as fieldwork for his research activities, particularly in Africa, and South and South-East Asia. He has published several articles and papers in professional peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and has written several columns for newspapers and magazines. He has also authored a few books, the most notable being, “Expanding Frontiers of Global Trade Rules: The Political Economy Dynamics of the International Trading System”, published in 2008 by Routledge, London & New York, which has received good response. Has been a member of the Expert Group on Trade and Environment of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, and provided policy and negotiating inputs to different ministries of the Government of India.
Chandra Bhushan is currently the Deputy Director General of CSE. He is a distinguished expert in the field of natural resource management, environmental geo-politics and industrial pollution. He has a diverse and distinguished track record in research, writing, management and policy advocacy. Chandra Bhushan has researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution to energy and climate change and from water crisis in Indian sub-continent to political economy of natural resource extraction. His academic qualifications include bachelors in civil engineering and masters in environmental planning and technology.