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GISDP was conceptualized and founded by Dr. Sujata Dutta Hazarika, a Sociologist working in areas of Public Policy, Governance, Sustainable Development and Management of Education in North East India. Her areas of interest has been diverse in terms of scope, but profound in understanding the impact of Gender, Ethnicity, Media, Local Governance, Peace and Conflict,Sustainability and natural resource management in complexities confronted by emerging economies like North East India. She has been involved in a number of projects and publications, organizing Conferences both national and international, exploring issues of conflict and Governance, , Human and Food security, Internal Displacement, Natural resoure management, Agriculture and Sustainability. She began her career as the founding faculty of Sociology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of technology Guwahati. In 2009 she initiated the North East Centre For Research and Development as the overall incharge of the National Centre Established by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to facilitate Research and Development and contribute to Public policy in North East India. It envisioned a think-tank for this region dedicated to create an authentic Data base for its vast, diverse and unexplored Natural and bio-cultural resources that could facilitate and Impact Public policy .She was awarded the Fulbright Senior Research Post Doctoral Fellowship for the year 2010-2011 and hosted by Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), University of California, Berkeley to work on ‘Eco village Initiatives in US: Understanding Social Change in the New Consciousness of Sustainability’. The work was presented at ISSI, event series as ‘Deconstructing Sustainability : Questioning ideas of growth and consciousness’. She was awarded a Fellowship by ICSSR and FMSH ( Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme) France in the frame of the Indo-French Programme of Cooperation in Social Sciences. She was invited to be the scientist residence at the INRA( Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) Centre d’Economie et de Sociologie appliquées à l’Agriculture et aux Espaces Ruraux. laboratory. Dijon Cedex France to work on “A comparative study of organic farming in Assam,India with the French model of Organic farming emphasizing enhanced capacities of informal, indigenous local knowledge through formal strategies of ICT and sustainable business management”.

After having served as the Deputy Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Guwahati Regional Centre,she is currently posted at Kolkata Regional Centre and is the Founder of GISDP (Global Initiative For Sustainable Development and Planning) a collaborative think tank initiative to redefine the role of Economy and Business in Public Policy through social innovations founded on creative and critical thinking. Searching and adopting new tools, models and strategies that are accessible and local yet profound with visions of equity, universal justice,human-rights and democracy, GISDP envisions an augmented formal education system with indigenous knowledge for local business and entrepreneurship, livelihood support and employ-ability for grass root development in emerging economies.

Dr. Delphine Thivet – Co-founder GISDP is a sociologist interested in North-South perspective and transnational methodology. PhD in sociology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2015) PhD in philosophy (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008) Her current research focus on sustainable agriculture, food security and food sovereignty, agrarian reform, urban farming, green policies, both at the national and the international level. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters, exploring issues of right to food, food security, food activism, farmers’ rights, and agro-ecology. Before studying sociology, she held a position as a Young Research Affiliate at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO, Norway, 2003-2004) and received a PhD in Philosophy from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2008). In 2009 she initiated a PhD. dissertation on transnational farmers’ and landless movements (La Vía Campesina) since the 1980s and conducted both a socio-historical research and a multi-sited ethnography in France, Brazil and India (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, EHESS, Paris, 2015). She has also been responsible for organising several conferences and workshops in Paris. Since 2014, she has been involved in a collective project research funded by the French National Research Agency Projects for science (ANR) at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), on the globalization of food security (SAGE).

She was assistant Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences of the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre. As part of her research activity, she organized monthly seminars on rural and peasant studies at the EHESS (Paris) Currently Dr Delphine Thivet is Associate Professor in sociology, Université de Bordeaux, France,Member of the Centre Émile Durkheim, Comparative Political Science and Sociology – UMR5116 (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Sciences Po Bordeaux and Bordeaux University,Associate Researcher in the Center for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi.

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