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Dr. Aviram Sharma is an Assistant Professor at the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University, India. He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. degree in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a Master degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi, India. Before joining Nalanda University, he worked in different capacities with STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability), Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and JNU, India during October 2014 to July 2015. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI), Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK; at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz, Austria and at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He is currently working as an Associate Editor for a volume on SDGs in the Asia and Pacific Region (Springer) and is on the editorial board of Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society (Sage).


His research primarily employs an inter-disciplinary approach and lies on the interface of science and technology studies, environmental studies, and development studies. His research aims to address two broad sets of questions; one strand engages with the democratisation of decision-making and emerging multi-scale environmental governance landscape, and the other deals with the politics of sustainability in the global south.


Selected Publications

  • Sharma Aviram, 2021, “Environmental Governance in Rural India: Diffusion of Solar Powered Irrigation Technologies”, Forum for Development Studies,48 (2), 225-245.
  • Pandey Poonam and Sharma Aviram, 2021, “Knowledge Politics, Vulnerability and Recognition-Based Justice: Public Participation in Renewable Energy Transitions in India”. Energy Research & Social Science, 71, 101824.
  • Sharma Aviram, 2021, “Aligning Regional Priorities with Global and National Goals: Constraints on the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 in rural Bihar, India”. Area Development and Policy, 6 (3), 363-373.
  • Sharma Aviram, 2021, “The Environment and Development Debate in India: The “Greening” of Developmental Discourse” in New Paths of Development: Perspectives from the Global South, edited by Rahma Bourquia and Marcelo Sili, Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Sharma Aviram, 2020, “‘We Do Not Want Fake Energy’: The Social Shaping of a Solar Micro-Grid in Rural India”. Science, Technology and Society,25 (2), 308-324.
  • Sharma Aviram, 2018, “Science Based Mandatory Standards and the Implementation Gap: The Case of Bottled Water Regulations in India”. Current Science, 114 (1), 29-33.
  • Pandey Poonam and Sharma Aviram, 2017, “NGOs, Controversies and ‘Opening-up’ of Regulatory Governance of Science in India” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 37 (4), 199–211.
  • Sharma Aviram, 2017, “Drinking Water Quality in Indian Water Policies, Laws and Courtrooms: Understanding the Intersections of Science and Law in Developing Countries” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 37 (1), 45-56.
  • Sharma Aviram and Harvey Mark, 2015, “Divided Delhi: Bricolage Economies and Sustainability Crises” in Drinking Water: A Socio-economic Analysis of Historical and Societal Variation, Mark Harvey, Routledge, London, UK.
  • Bhaduri Saradindu and Sharma Aviram, 2014, “Public Understanding of Participation in Regulatory Decision-Making: The Case of Bottled Water Quality Standards in India”. Public Understanding of Science, 23 (4), 272-288.
  • Sharma Aviram and Bhaduri Saradindu, 2013, “Consumption Conundrum of Bottled Water in India: An STS Perspective” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 33(5/6), 172-181.


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