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  K. J. Joy  
  K. J. Joy has a Master's degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been an activist-researcher for more than 20 years and has a special interest in people's institutions for natural resource management both at the grassroots and policy levels. His other areas of interests include drought and drought proofing, participatory irrigation management, river basin management and multi-stakeholder processes, watershed based development, water conflicts and people’s movements. He was a Visiting Fellow with Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore for a year and was a Fulbright Fellow with University of California at Berkeley. Currently he has been coordinating the following three collaborative initiatives:
1. Multi-locational, Multi-disciplinary Research, Capacity Building and Advocacy on Watershed Development in Dry and Semi-Arid Regions of India, a research project of SOPPECOM, CISED, Bangalore and Gujarat Institute of Development Studies (GIDR), Ahmedabad;
2. Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, an initiative of 10 partner organisations; and
3. STRIVER, a collaborative research project of 13 institutions across the globe.

He has co-authored the following books:
1. Sustainable Technology: Making Sardar Project Viable;
2. Banking on Biomass: A New Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity Based on Renewable Energy and Dispersed Industrialisation;
3. Watershed Based Development: A Source Book;
4. Panlot Kshetra Vikasachya Navya Disha: Sadhan Saksharata, Shashvat Vikas, Samanyayi Vatap (Marathi);
5. Sustainable Prosperity: Sustaining and Enabling Natures Productive Powers;
6. Water: Sustainable and Efficient Use; and Striya Ani Pani: Badalte Natesambandh (Marathi).

 
  Seema Kulkarni  
  Seema Kulkarni holds MA degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Her key area of work within SOPPECOM is Gender and rural livelihoods. She is associated with the women’s movement in Maharashtra specifically on the question of single and widowed women.

She has published widely on the broad theme of gender, water and rural livelihoods.


 
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