Pankaj Sekhsaria is Associate Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) and Associate Faculty, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), IIT-Bombay, with research interests that lie at the intersection of technology, society, science and the environment. He has a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where he worked on the ‘Cultures of Innovation’ in nanoscience and technology research in India.
He is also a member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh, and author, The Last Wave (HarperCollins India, 2014), Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (Harper Litmus India 2017, 2019) and most recently Instrumental Lives – An Intimate Biography of an Indian Laboratory (Routledge, 2019).
Based on research conducted over a year and a half, First Steps is the first account of its kind that documents, maps and analyses the rapidly growing field of Citizen Science in ecology in India. It presents important elements of what has happened in recent years through a study of 17 such projects and sets the stage for what might be expected in the years to come.
Society does deeply influence science and technology even if it is New Age. Based on six years’ research across five laboratories and three cities, Nanoscale shows us how and why as it provides an incisive, yet deeply empathetic account of scientific life, laboratory research and technological innovation at the cutting-edge of nanoscience and technology in India.
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