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Honorary Professor Smita Srinivas

Visiting Professor, Open University

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Core 6A 4th Floor India Habitat Centre Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003

Smita Srinivas is Honorary Professor, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She is currently Visiting Professor Economics and the IKD Centre, Open University, UK from 2014-2020.

She is a senior academic and professional with experience in international economic transformation, leading multi-country awarded research programs. Srinivas has a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focused on microeconomics, industrial and technology policy. She holds prior degrees in mathematics and physics.

Smita has over two decades of high-level professional experience working on multi-industry dynamics, industrial policy design, labour and social issues, and innovation economics. Her research on technological innovation, health industry and social policy has been globally invited and referenced by IAVI, UNRISD, UNCTAD, ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and others.

Srinivas has been a full-time Columbia University faculty member in New York and founder of the Technological Change Lab (TCLab). She has been awarded several Fellowships at Harvard University's Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the John F. Kennedy School, been Researcher and Affiliate at MIT's Industrial Performance Center, Visiting Scientist at the Indian Institute of Science's Department of Management, and Visiting Senior Fellow in International Development, the London School of Economics.

Her book "Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States" (Stanford University Press, Economics and Finance 2012) was awarded the biennial Myrdal Prize from the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). Her work and teams have been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, ESRC, the WHO, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), Columbia Global Centres and the Rio Government, the Indian Council for Social Science Research, and several intramural Columbia, MIT, and Harvard University awards.

Relevant Publications

Watson, V., Bhan, G. and Srinivas, S. (eds) (forthcoming, 2016). The Routledge Companion to Planning in the Global South. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Srinivas, S. (2016). Healthy Industries, Unhealthy Populations: Lessons from Indian problem-solving. In: Mackintosh, M. et al. (eds) Making Medicines in Africa. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Srinivas, S. and J. Vieira Filho. (2014). Farm versus firm: learning and technical linkages of agriculture and industry, paper presented at the Globelics conference 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

Srinivas, S. (2014). Demand and Innovation: Paths to Inclusive Development. in Ramani, S. (ed) Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 78-106.

Srinivas, S. (2012). Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Srinivas, S. (2011). Industrial welfare and the state: nation and city reconsidered. In: Tilly, C. and Hanagan, M. (eds) Contention and Trust in Cities and States. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 129-148.

Srinivas, S. and K. Viljamaa. (2008). Emergence of Economic Institutions: Analysing the Third Role of Universities in Turku, Finland, Regional Studies. 42 (3, 2008): 323-341.

Srinivas, S. and J. Sutz. (2008). Developing Countries and Innovation: Searching for a New Analytical Approach, Technology in Society. 30 (2, 2008): 129-140.

Srinivas, S. (2006). Industry and Innovation: Some Lessons from Vaccine Procurement, World Development. 34 (10, 2006): 1742-1764.

Srinivas, S. and Lund, F. (2000). Learning from Experience: A Gendered Approach to Social Protection for workers in the Informal Economy. Geneva: ILO.