The prize takes note of his original research and recognises his contributions to the development of knowledge in the field of Human Geography and Ecology
20 February, 2017, Bengaluru: Dr. Deepak Malghan, faculty at the Centre for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore, has won the Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Award in Social Sciences for the year 2015. In an announcement made on February 14, Dr. Malghan has won the award in the Human Geography and Ecology category.
“Dr. Malghan’s scale framework sheds new light on one of the central theoretical problems in ecological economies – the mapping between stocks and funds. His scale framework provides an analytically elegant mapping between the information-rich fund space and the cardinal stock space in a manner that is useful for conservation biology and policy,” the citation said.
The main objective of the award is to encourage young social scientists to undertake original research and to recognise the contributions made by them to the development of knowledge.
The award, by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, was conferred on the recommendation of juries comprising experts, as an expression of high esteem, and in recognition of Dr. Malghan’s interdisciplinary teaching and research activities.
Dr. Deepak Malghan is a faculty member in Public Policy at IIM Bangalore. He is an ecological economist recognised for his contribution to the development of a general theory of scale. His theoretical work has paved the way for ecological economists and conservations biologists to attempt an analytically consistent characterisation of the physical size of the economy relative to the ecosystem that contains and sustains it. He is an eclectic scholar whose work spans several disciplines. He has made original contributions to disparate areas that lie outside the pale of theoretical ecological economies. His work engages with ecological political economy and human geography most broadly conceived. His writings cover topics ranging from social hydrology to historical political economy of interwar South Asia to intellectual history.
About the award:
VKRV Rao prizes in Social Science Research were instituted by ISEC in recognition and appreciation of Professor Rao’s contribution and services for the development of social science research in India in general, and for the establishment of ISEC, in particular. By establishing three important institutions – The Delhi School of Economics, The Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and ISEC, Professor Rao has provided a solid foundation for social science research in India.
The prizes are awarded to persons who have made significant original contributions to human knowledge and progress, applied or fundamental, who are citizens of India, below the age of 45 years, in the year for which the award is made, and engaged in research in social science disciplines including Economics, Sociology, Human Geography, Public Administration, Education, Political Science, Psychology, History, Linguistics, and Sociology.