top of page


Research Programme

Democracy is defined as governance of, by and for the people can be truly representative only through collaborative mechanisms and institutions involving consultations and consensus.  

The challenges and failures of governance apply across developed, and developing countries, and the post-millennials (Y, Z), a source of strong social capital and knowledge economy, are actively engaged and reacting against these and aspiring for better solutions. Faced with the burden of past and current failures globally, they are seeking and supporting leadership that might seem to be transparent and accountable to achieve universally sustainable and inclusive development.

The context within which leaders are operating is rapidly shifting toward models of collaborations. There are democracies and non-democracies. Technology is constantly transforming humanity into one world order. On the other hand, government policies and programmes have been inadequate in any attempts to achieve equity and justice so that economic, social and cultural differences and inequalities persist across nations and regions. These include inequality in access to education, health and employment opportunities.

This research programme involves an exploration of policies, performance and reforms pertaining to public, private and third sector institutions, including political, bureaucratic, judiciary and developmental. The following are among questions to be examined - How well have these institutions performed over time and what reforms have been carried out, are underway, or are needed in future? Further, how and to what extent has institutional performance impacted social and economic outcomes? What is the current state and components of good governance and what are possible solutions and challenges for effective and accountable governance and achieving an equitable society?  


Presentation: Policy Evolution in an Irreversibly Changing World due to Covid-19 (2020). Ruth Kattumuri and Shantanu Singh.

Smart Cities for Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Transitions: Some options for India (2019). Ehtisham Ahmad, Giorgio Brosio and Ruth Kattumuri. LSE India Observatory Working Paper 10.

Decentralisation of Environmental Regulations in India (2018). Ruth Kattumuri and Stefania Lovo. Economic & Political Weekly, 53(43).

Technology as a driver for governance by the people for the people (2018). Ruth Kattumuri. In: Sekher, Madhushree and Parasuraman, S. and Kattumuri, Ruth, (eds.) Governance and governed: multi-country perspectives on state, society and development. Springer, Singapore, 155-168.

Governance and Governed: Multi-Country Perspectives on State, Society and Development (2018). Madhushree Sekher, S. Parasuraman and Ruth Kattumuri (eds.). Springer, Singapore.

Sustainable Urban Development in India: A tale of two Mahindra World Cities (2017). Ruth Kattumuri, Sunil Kurian and Mahindra World Cities Team. LSE India Observatory Working Paper 5.

"Dragon and Elephant, Shoulder to Shoulder": Non-traditional Security Cooperation between China and India (2016). Xiaofeng Yu and Ruth Kattumuri. Journal of International Security Studies, 3. Beijing, China.

Evidence and the policy process from an Indian perspective (2015). Ruth Kattumuri. Contemporary Social Science Special Issue, 10(2): 191-201. Taylor & Francis Group. Oxford, UK.

Historical Developments and Goals of Social Protection Policies in India (2015). Ruth Kattumuri and Manju Singh. Social Security Studies, 2: 24-38.

Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in Indian policy planning (2014). Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi, Ruth Kattumuri, and Darshini Ravindranath. International Journal of Applied Economics and Econometrics, 22(1): 23-56.

Poverty index as a tool for adaptation intervention to climate change in northeast India (2013). Malini Nair, N. H. Ravindranath, Nitasha Sharma, Ruth Kattumuri and Madhushree Munshi. Climate and Development, 5(1): 14-32.

India Development Report 2011 (2011). D.M. Nachane. Oxford University Press, India.

Democracy, Development and Decentralisation in India: Continuing Debates (2010). Chandan Sengupta and Stuart Corbridge. Routledge India.

Challenges for Urban Local Governments in India. (2007). Rumi AijazLSE Asia Research Centre Working Paper 19.

On the Allocation of Public Goods to Villages in India (2003). Santanu GuptaLSE Asia Research Centre Working Paper 10.

Featured Research

The coronavirus pandemic has had immediate and widespread repercussions across the globe. This presentation explores the spread of the pandemic, coping strategies, social and economic impacts and the implications for policies in a post Covid-19 world.

Policy Evolution in an Irreversibly Changing World due to Covid-19 (2020). Ruth Kattumuri and Shantanu Singh. 


Dr Ruth Kattumuri is Co-Director of the India Observatory and is responsible for developing multi-disciplinary research and programmes. With over two decades of experience in higher education in UK and India, Dr Kattumuri has pioneered several innovative knowledge development programmes

  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Google+ Icon
Ruth Kattumuri
Ruth Kattumuri
bottom of page