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Smita Srinivas, PhD

Director, Technological Change Lab (TCLab) - Head, Economic Development, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) - Winner of the 2015 Myrdal Prize

Technological Change Lab

Smita Srinivas’s research covers technological change and industrial transformation, the two-way connections between economic theory and development practice, and approaches to building economic and social policies alongside.

Dr. Srinivas is Director of the Technological Change Lab (TCLab) focused on industry and innovation. She has also recently been appointed as Head of the School of Economic Development at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) where she has been Senior Advisor in previous years. The School of Economic Development will concentrate efforts on economic practice, theory and measurement relevant to India and the developing world. She takes over this position after several years as faculty at Columbia University in New York and sustained engagement on developing economies and economic development analysis.

She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has held several fellowships including as UNIDO Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She holds prior degrees in physics and mathematics.

Her research covers learning and problem-solving in industrial development; evolutionary and political economy approaches to technological change; regulation of urban-regional industry; public administration and public finance reform, and the challenges of combining economic and social policies. She sits on expert advisory boards or leads research programs on industry sectors and inclusion questions in areas such as health, oil and gas, water, and waste. Her most recent book Market Menagerie: Health and Development in Late Industrial States. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pivots on how industrial and social goals can be reconciled in the health industry worldwide. It has been invited to frame discussions for the UN post-2015 policy agenda, discussed in interview (see below) at the Open University, and in invited upcoming book chapters and articles. Her vaccine industry research has been commissioned by IAVI, and focus essays on innovation published by UNICEF and others.

Prof. Srinivas is currently a Visiting Professor in the Economics department and the Innovation, Knowledge, and Development (IKD) center at the Open University, and Senior Visiting Fellow in the International Development department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was invited as a Member to the GDF SUEZ Urban Innovation Strategy Council in France, 2013-2016; is a Member, Executive Board of the Centre for Public Problem-Solving (CPPS), India; has been Senior Advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS); and been high-level economic expert, reviewer, consultant, or other contributor to the OECD, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the ILO, UNRISD, World Bank, UNICEF, UNHABITAT, and others.

Other relevant publications include those listed in the ‘Publications’ section below, as well as peer-reviewed articles in World Development, Theory and Society, Regional Studies, and other journals. She is a frequent reviewer for leading journals including World Development; Research Policy; Review of International Political Economy; Science and Public Policy; Journal of Development Studies, and many others. She sits on the editorial advisory boards or scientific committees of others such as the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Development and Innovation and Development.

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.