Senior Fellows
Research Assistants / Associates
Senior Advisors
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  Senior Fellows  
  K. J. Joy  
  K. J. Joy one of the founding members and currently a Senior Fellow of Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM). He has been an activist-researcher for more than 30 years. He was a full-time activist for about eight years with Mukti Sangharsh Movement, an organisation of rural toilers in South Maharashtra. He has worked with Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samithi (BGVS), New Delhi, in its watershed development and resource literacy programme. He was a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore (now part of ATREE) for a year and was a Fulbright Fellow with University of California at Berkeley. He 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 water conflicts, drought and drought proofing, participatory irrigation management, river basin management and multi-stakeholder processes, watershed-based development, resource literacy, right to water and sanitation, water ethics and people's movements.

National level initiative on water conflicts

Presently he coordinates the national level initiative, Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, a network of about 600 individuals and organisations and anchored by SOPPECOM (www.waterconflictforum.org).

Recent Publications
Joy, K. J., Partha J. Das, Gorky Chakraborty, Chandan Mahanta, Suhas Paranjape, Shruti Vispute (Ed.), 2018, Water Conflicts in Northeast India, Routledge, New Delhi.
Kothari, Ashish and K. J. Joy (Ed.), 2017, Alternative Futures: India Unshackled, Authors Up Front, New Delhi.

Roth Dik, Margreet Zwarteveen, K. J. Joy and Seema Kulkarni, 2018, "Water Governance as Question of Justice: Politics, Rights, and Representation", in Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault and Jeroen Vos (Ed.), Water Justice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Joy K. J., 2015, "Watershed Development Policies and Programmes in India: Scope and Constraints of Civil Society Action", in N. C. Narayanan, in N. C. Narayanan, S. Parasuraman and Rajindra Ariyabandu (Ed.), Water Governance and Civil Society Responses in South Asia, Routledge, New Delhi.

Samuel Abraham, K.J. Joy and Sarita Bhagat, 2017, "Integrated Water Management of the Mahanadi Basin: Water Resources, Water Allocation and Inter-Sectoral Use", Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, SOPPECOM: Pune.
Dsouza Craig, Abraham Samuel, Sarita Bhagat and K.J. Joy, 2017, "Water Allocations and Use in the Mahanadi River Basin: A Study of the Agricultural and Industrial Sectors", Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, SOPPECOM: Pune.

Joy, K.J. and S. Janakarajan, "India's Water Futures: Emergent Ideas and Pathways", Routledge Publication.
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  Seema Kulkarni  
  Seema Kulkarni holds MA degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

She is one of the founding members of Society for Promoting Participative Eco-system Management, Pune (SOPPECOM). She is presently a Senior Fellow in SOPPECOM, Pune and co-ordinates the gender and rural livelihoods activities within the organisation. She has co-ordinated various studies and programmes around decentralisation, gender and land, water and sanitation. She has published several articles/book chapters around issues of gender, water, sanitation and rural livelihoods. She has been associated with Stree Mukti Sangharsh Chalwal, the movement for the rights of Single women in Western Maharashtra, India and is involved in the Coalition of women's groups in Maharashtra, Stree Mukti Andolan Sampark Samiti.

She is currently the National Facilitation Team member of Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) Forum for women farmers' rights, and anchoring the network at the Maharashtra level. The National secretariat for the network is also currently co-housed in SOPPECOM.

List of Publications
  Book Chapters
1. Seema Kulkarni, Sneha Bhat, Viewing Mainstream evaluations in the Irrigation Sector through a feminist Lens in Voices and Values edited by Ratna Sudershan and Rajib Nandi, Zubaan New Delhi 2018
2. Dik Roth, Margreet Zwarteveen, K J Joy and Seema Kulkarni, Water Governance as a Question of Justice Politics, Rights and Representation in Water justice edited by Rutgerd Boelens, Tom Perreault and Jeroen Vos Cambridge University Press 2018
3. Veena Srinivasan and Seema Kulkarni "Examining the emerging role of groundwater in water inequity in India" in Hydrosocial Territories and Water Equity: Theory, Governance and sites of Struggle edited by Editedby Rutgerd Boelens, Ben Crow, Jaime Hoogesteger, Flora E. Lu, Erik Swyngedouw, Jeroen Vos © 2017 - Routledge, London and New York.396 pages
4. Seema Kulkarni Gender and Water in India: A review in Indian Water Policy at the cross roads: Resources, technology and reforms edited by Vishal Narain and A Narayanmoorthy ©2016 Springer International Publishing
5. Suhas Paranjape and Seema Kulkarni Water rights movement in South Maharashtra in Water Governance and Civil Society Responses in South Asia Edited by N. C. Narayanan, S. Parasuraman, Rajindra Ariyabandu © 2015 - Routledge India
6. Seema Kulkarni Women Water Professionals in the Maharashtra Water Bureaucracy in Feminists And Science: Critiques And Changing Perspectives In India edited by Sumi Krishan Gita Chadha ©2015, Stree Kolkotta
7. Seema Kulkarni, Situational Analysis of Women Water Professionals in India in Women water professionals Inspiring Stories from South Asia edited by Sumi Krishna and Arpita De ©Zubaan, New Delhi 2014
8. Seema K. Kulkarni and K.J. Joy, Decentralising or Marginalising Women: Gender Relations and Sector Reforms in India in Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia © 2014 Zubaan books
9. Seema Kulkarni, 2014 Gender, water and well being, In Globalization of water governance in South Asia, Eds Vishal Narain, Chanda Gurung Goodrich, Jayati Chourey, Anjal Prakash. Routledge New Delhi
10. Seema Kulkarni, Women and Land Rights in Maharashtra in Women, land & power in Asia editors, Govind Kelkar, Maithreyi Krishnaraj 2013 Routledge New Delhi India
11. Amita Shah, Seema Kulkarni, 2011 Interface between water, poverty and gender empowerment: revisiting theories, policies and practices, in Water resources policies in South Asia, eds Anjal Prakash, Sreoshi Singh, Chanda Gurung Goodrich, S. Janakrajan. Routledge, New Delhi
12. Seema Kulkarni, K. J. Joy and Suhas Paranjape, 2008, Gender Issues in Water Governance: A Review of Challenges and Emerging Strategies" in Vishwa Ballabh (Ed.) Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy, Sage, New Delhi
13. Seema Kulkarni and Nagmani Rao, Gender and Droughts in South Asia: Dominant Constructions and Alternate Propositions in Droughts and Integrated Water Management in South Asia, Issues Alternatives and Futures ed Jasveen Jairath and Vishwa Ballabh, 2008, Sage, New Delhi
14. Seema Kulkarni, Gender concerns in the water sector' in Rural women and development in India: Issues and challenges eds U Kalpagam and Jaya Arunachalam 2008 Rawat publications Jaipur
15. Seema Kulkarni, Women and Water Policy, Issues and Alternatives in "Women's Livelihood Rights: Recasting Citizenship for Development" ed Sumi Krishna, 2007 Sage Publications
16. K. R. Datye, Suhas Paranjape, K. J. Joy and Seema Kulkarni, 2004 "The Krishna Valley Development: An Approach to Equitable and Efficient use of Water" in A. Vaidyanathan and H. M. Oudshoom (Ed.) Managing Water Scarcity: Experiences and Prospects, IDPAD and MANOHAR, New Delhi.
17. Seema Kulkarni, Looking Back, Thinking Forward: The Khudawadi Experience with Access to Irrigation for Women and the Landless in 'Flowing Upstream Empowering Women through Water Management Initiatives in India' ed Sara Ahmed 2003, CEE and Foundation Books.
18. Seema Kulkarni, Ensuring our Future in 'Nurturing Nature' ed. Dr. Chhaya Datar, 1997, Earthcare.

  Journal Articles
1. Seema Kulkarni Kathleen O'Reilly, Sneha Bhat,No relief: lived experiences of inadequate access of poor urban women in India ,Gender and Development, Vol 25, Issue 2, July 2017
2. Dik Roth, Margreet Zwarteveen, K.J. Joy & Seema Kulkarni (2014) Water rights, conflicts, and justice in South Asia, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 19:9, 947-953, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2012.752232
3. K.J. Joy, Seema Kulkarni, Dik Roth & Margreet Zwarteveen (2014) Repoliticising water governance: exploring water re-allocations in terms of justice, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 19:9, 954-973, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.870542
4. Veena Srinivasan & Seema Kulkarni (2014) Examining the emerging role of groundwater in water inequity in India, Water International, 39:2, 172-186, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2014.890998
5. Seema Kulkarni Women and Decentralised Water Governance: Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward April 30, 2011 vol xlvi no 64 18 Economic & Political Weekly
6. Seema Kulkarni and Sneha Bhat Issues and Concerns of Deserted Women in Maharashtra Economic & Political Weekly EPW September 18, 2010 vol xlv no 38
7. Suhas Paranjape, K J Joy Seema Kulkarni " K R Datye: Visionary of a Sustainable and Equitable Future; in Economic and Political Weekly, September 26, 2009 vol xliv no 39
8. Seema Kulkarni Sneha Bhat "Lingbhav va vikendrit sinchan vyavasthapan" Samaj Prabodhan Patrika January-March 2009 year: 47, volume 185
9. Seema Kulkarni et al (co-author with 4 others) ekatimik pani dhoran va lingbhavadhishtit samnyay (marathi)October-December 2006 Year 44 Issue 176


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