AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
L.M. Singhvi Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies,
University of Cambridge,
Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of
Visiting Fellow, Fondation Maison des Sciences de
Paris, France under the Indo-France Cultural
Exchange Programme of the Indian Council of Social
Science Research, June-July 2008.
Indian Council of Social Science
Research Doctoral Fellowship for
undertaking Ph.D Research, January 1993-January
University Grants Commission - UGC
JRF/Eligibility for Lectureship and Ph.D Research
Rural Development, 1991.
Highest Honours in
B.A. Political Science for Thesis on Ujamaa
Socialism in Tanzania, Williams College,
Massachusettes, U.S.A, 1988.
I am interested in the political
economy of natural resource conflict/political
ecology in the wider context of 'development'.
Environmental discourses and environment policy,
shaped by particular material practices and
priorities, I believe are also social and political
constructs that have differential impacts across
social groups and economic classes. My research is
primarily aimed at understanding how and when the
environment becomes important and the contestations
both material and ontological that underlie
conflicts over the environment in general and the
commons in particular. Forested landscapes in south
India have provided the site for most of my research
but I am increasingly interested in the political
ecology of fisheries as well. The practice of
interdisciplinarity is central to the study of the
environment, hence my interest in collaborative
research across disciplines and the epistemological
challenges of such research.
Associate Professor at
the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS),
Chennai (November 2006 - To present).
the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in
Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore (June
2002- October 2006).
Project Associate at
the Madras School of Economics (December 2000- May
Project Associate at
Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS),
January 1997-November 2000.
Editorial Assistant for
the journal Review of Development and Change,
(M.I.D.S publication), January-September 1996.
Research Assistant at
Madras Institute of Development Studies,
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi,
February 1991-September 1992.
Lele, S. and A. Menon (eds.). (2014). Democratizing
Forest Governance in India, Oxford
University Press, New Delhi.
P. Singh; E. Shah, S. Lele, S. Paranjape and K.J.
Joy, K (2007). Community-based Natural
Resource Management: Issues and Cases from South
Asia, Sage, New Delhi.
M. Vijayabaskar and A. Menon.
Peripheral Agriculture? Macro and
Micro Dynamics of Land Sales and Land Use changes in
the 'Rural' Economy of Kancheepuram, in R. Nagaraj
and S. Motiram (eds.), Political
Economy of Contemporary India, New Delhi:
University Press, pp. 205-229.
and M. Karthik. (2017). Beyond Human Exceptionalism:
Political Ecology and the Non-Human World,
Geoforum, 79, pp. 90-92.
Stephen, J. and A.
(2016). 'Fluid Territories: Rethinking State
Territorialisation in Palk Bay, South Asia', Norwegian
Journal of Geography,
70(5), pp. 263-175.
Karthik, M. and A.
(2016). 'Blurred Boundaries: Identities and Rights
in the Forested Landscapes of Gudalur, Tamil Nadu', Economic
and Political Weekly,
51(10), pp. 43-50.
M. Bavinck, J. Stephen and R. Manimohan. (2016).
'The Political Ecology of Palk Bay Fisheries:
Geographies of Capital, Fisher Conflict, Ethnicity
and Nation-State', Antipode, 48(2) pp.
Menon, A. (2015).
'The Godavarman Judgment: Erasing the Plurality of
Land Use in Gudalur, Tamil Nadu', in J.M. Bavinck
and A. Jyotishi (eds.), Conflicts,
Negotiations and Natural Resource Management: A
Legal Pluralism Perspective from South and Southeast
Asia, Routledge: New Delhi.
Menon, A., V.
Lobo and S. Lele. (2014). 'The Commons and Rural
Livelihoods: Shifting Dependencies and Supra-Local
Pressures', in S. Lele and A. Menon (eds.), Democratizing
Forest Governance in India, Oxford
University Press: New Delhi, pp. 376-401.
Bavinck, M., M. Sowman
and A. Menon. (2014) 'Theorizing
Participatory Governance in Contexts of Legal
Pluralism -A Conceptual Reconnaisance of Fishing
Conflicts and their Resolution', in M. Bavinck, L.
Pelligrini and E. Mostert (eds.), Conflict
Over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual
Approaches, CRS Press (Taylor and Francis
Group): Boca Raton.
C. Hinnewinkel and S. Guillerme. (2013). 'Denuded
Forests, Wooded Estates: Statemaking in a Janmam
Area of Tamil Nadu, India', Indian Economic
Social History Review, 50(4), pp. 449-471.
Stephen, J., A. Menon, J.
Scholtens and J.M. Bavinck (2013). 'Transboundary
Dialogues and the Politics of Scale in Palk Bay
Fisheries: Brothers at Sea?, South Asia
Research, 33(2), pp. 141-161.
Guillerme, S., B.M. Kumar, A.
Menon, C. Hinnewinkel, E. Maire and A.V.
Santhoshkumar (2011). 'Impacts of Public Policies
and Farmer Preferences on Agroforestry Practices in
Kerala, India, Environmental Management,
44, pp. 351-364.
LÚlÚ, S., I. Patil, S. Badiger, A. Menon and
R. Kumar (2011). 'Forests, Hydrological Services,
and Agricultural Income: A Case Study from Mysore
District of the Western Ghats of India", in M. N.
Murty, P. Shyamsundar and E. Haq (eds.), Environmental
Valuation in South Asia, Cambridge
University Press: New Delhi.
Taghioff, D. and A. Menon, (2010).
'On Mudumalai Tiger Reserve', Economic and
Political Weekly, 45(52), pp. 83-84.
Taghioff, D. and A. Menon, (2010).
'Can A Tiger Change Its Stripes': The Politics of
Conservation as Translated in Mudumalai', Economic
and Political Weekly, 45(28), pp. 69-76.
C. Hinnewinkel, C. Garcia, S. Guillerme, N. Rai and
S. Krishnan (2009). 'Competing
Visions: Domestic Forests, Politicsand Forest Policy
in the Central Western Ghats of
South India', Small-scale Forestry,
8(4), pp. 515-527.
S. Karuppiah and J. Stephen (2008). 'Reconfiguring
the Coast', Economic and Political Weekly,
43(16), pp. 35-38.
Menon, A. (2008).
'Situating Law: The Political Economy of Environment
and Development in India', in C. Eberhard (ed.), Law,
Land Use and the Environment: Afro-Indian Dialogues,
IFP: Pondicherry, pp. 363-386.
and I. Patil (2007). 'Kudregundi Halla Tank:
Conflict Over Seepage Water and Competing Needs', in
K.J. Joy, S. Paranjape, B. Gujja, V. Goud and S.
Vispute (eds.), Water Conflicts in India: A
Million Revolts in the Making, Routledge:
New Delhi, pp. 276-280.
(2007). 'Engaging with the Law on Adivasi Rights', Economic
and Political Weekly, 42 (24), pp.
Kiran Kumar, A K; A. Menon and I. Patil
(2006). 'Methodological Challenges of Social Science
Research on Land Use Change and Watershed Services:
Insights from the Western Ghats', in J. Krishnaswamy,
S. Lele and R. Jayakumar (eds.), Hydrology and
Watershed Services of the Western Ghats, India:
Effects of Land Cover Change, Tata
McGraw-Hill: Bangalore, pp. 249-264.
and A. Vadivelu, (2006). 'Common Property Resources
in Different Agro-climatic Landscapes in India', Conservation
and Society, 4(1), pp. 132-154.
(2006). 'The Making of Environmental Policy and
Legislation in India and the Construction of Social
Nature', Economic and Political Weekly,
41(3), pp. 188-193.
Lele, S. and A. Menon (2005).
'Draft NEP: A Flawed Vision', Seminar,
(2005). 'Where are the Forests? Legal Pluralism and
Land Use Change in the Kolli Hills', Indian
Socio-Legal Journal, 31 (special issue on
legal pluralism), pp. 11-26.
Menon, A. (2004).
'Colonial Constructions of "Agrarian Fields" and
"Forests" in the Kolli Hills', Indian Economic
and Social History Review, 41(3), pp.
Menon, A (2003).
'Forests, Law and Land Use in the Kolli Hills,
India' in R. Pradhan (ed.), Legal Pluralism
and Unofficial Law in Social, Economic and Political
Development, ICNEC: Kathmandu, pp. 211-226.
(1999). 'Common Property Studies and the Limits to
Equity: Some Conceptual Concerns and
Possibilities', Review of Development and
Change, 4(1), pp. 51-70.
and V. Saravanan (1996). 'Displacement
and Rehabilitation Policies: The Case of the Kolli
Hills Hydro-Electric Project', Economic and
Political Weekly, 31(43), pp. 2854-55.
(1995). 'Constructing the Local: Decentralising
Forest Management', Economic and Political
Weekly, 30(35), pp. 2110-2111.
M. Vijayabaskar and
A. Menon. (2016). Dispossession by Neglect:
Agricultural Land Sales in the Periphery of Chennai.
MIDS Working Paper No. 223, July 2016.
Menon, A. and M. Karthik. (2017).
Sedentarising Conservation: The Politics of
Belonging and Rootedness in Gudalur, Nilgiris. MIDS
Working Paper No. 225, January 2017.
Menon, A and
C.R. Bijoy. (2014). 'Tribal Development in India:
The Limits to Law, Democracy and Governance', Yojana,
January, pp. 9-12.
Scholtens, J., J. Stephen and A.
Menon. (2013). 'Between the Devil and the
Not-So-Deep Blue Sea: Asymmetrical Power in the
Indo-Sri Lankan Fisheries Conflict', The Broker (online),
Menon, A. and B.
Viswanathan (2009). 'From Fisheries Development to
Coastal Development in Tamil Nadu: Possible
Implications for Fisher Well-being', ESPA
Briefing Paper, IDS, University of Sussex.
Lele, S., I. Patil, S.
Badiger, A. Menon and R. Kumar. (2008). 'The
Economic Impact of Forest Hydrological Services on
Local Communities: A Case Study from the Western
Ghats of India', SANDEE Working Paper,
W.P. No. 36-08.
Lele, S. and Menon, A (2005).
'Neo-liberal Verbiage', Down to Earth,
13(16), January 15.
(2005) 'NEP 2004: Market Fundamentalism'
(editorial), Economic and Political Weekly,
40(2), January 8.
and Lele, S (2003). 'Critiquing the Commons: Missing
the Woods for the Trees?', The Common Property
Resource Digest, No. 64, March.
(1995). 'American Scholars and South Asian
Studies', Economic and Political Weekly,
Vol. 30, No. 49, December 2.
(1994). 'Institutions and Economic Analysis:
Theoretical Considerations for Natural Resource
Management', M.I.D.S. Working Paper, No. 119.
(1993). 'Decentralising the Provision of Public
Services: Exnora's Efforts at Garbage Collection in
Madras', M.I.D.S. Bulletin, January.
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras,
August-November, 2013 (Taught a course on
Environment and Society for the integrated Masters
Programme in the Department of Humanities and Social
Visiting Faculty, Ambedkar
University Delhi, 2009-2012 (Taught in four courses
in the M.A. in Environment and Development: (1)
Political and Social Thought on the Environment, (2)
Law, Governance and Institutions, (3) Contemporary
Environmental Issues and (4) Social and Political
Visiting Faculty, Institute
of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai,
2007-2009 (Taught a course on Socio-Economic
Dimensions of Coastal Zone Management in the MSc in
Teaching a module on common property resources and
political ecology within the MIDS PhD programme.
Nitha G. Nair, Madras Institute of Development
Studies, Topic: Gender and Participatory
Forest Management in Wayanad, Kerala.
Preetha, K.V., Madras Institute of Development
Studies, Topic: Dynamics and Politics of
Environmental Impact Assessment Process: An Analysis
of Select Developmental Projects in Chennai.
Johny Stephen, University of Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, Topic: Fishing for Space: An
Analysis into the the Socio-spatial Relations of
Indian Trawl Fishers in the Context of Transboundary
Fishing in the Palk Bay (co-supervisor).
Surabi, G., Madras Institute of Development
Studies, Topic: Contract Farming in Tamil
Oliver Schultz, University of Cape Town, South
Africa, Topic: Power and Democracy in Coastal
and Fisheries Governance on the Cape Peninsula
Review of Development and Change (MIDS journal).
Associate Editor, Maritime Studies (MAST),
Springer Open Journal.
Steering Committee Member,
Wellcoast (A Human Well-being and Coastal Resilience
Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC).
on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism.
Association for Ecological Economics.