Ajay Dandekar

Ajay Dandekar did his Ph. D from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi in early nineties. Prior to joining Shiv Nadar University, he has worked as Professor at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar from 2008-2013 (on lien from Institute of Rural Management Anand), Associate Professor at the Institute of Rural Management Anand from 2008 to January 2011, Visiting Faculty at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar from 2006 to 2007, Professor and Rural Development at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur from 2003-2005, along with stints at St. Xavier’s College, Mumba. He is a visiting faculty member at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

He has worked on the issue of Denotified and Nomadic Communities, and Pastoral Nomadic groups. He has done work on the agrarian crisis and farmers suicides. Lately his research interest has spilled over in the issues of resources and conflict in the tribal heartland and has contributed policy papers and writings on the same. He has published widely in the arena of policy issues pertaining to Denotified and Nomadic Communities, Agrarian Crisis as well as on the issues of Tribal Areas and Governance. He has had the distinction of serving of many a government of India committees including the Planning Commission.