• Department of Policy and Management Studies
Area of Expertise
Education and Development
Political-Economy & Welfare State
L. N. Venkataraman is an Assistant Professor at TERI School of Advanced Studies in New Delhi and the author of The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village. Before joining TERI SAS, he worked as an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education in Universität Bielefeld, Germany; and, at the Centre for Development Support in the University of the Free State, South Africa. His academic works can be consulted in the Economic and Political Weekly, Development in Practice, and Indian Journal of Human Development among others.
As a university professional, he has been closely associated with various scholars; public intellectuals in India as well as abroad; and actively sharing perspectives and delivering lectures. He was a Research Fellow of the Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development (CRHED) in South Africa, and the Research School on Education and Capabilities (EduCap) in Germany. As an active member of the Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA), USA since 2008, he is one of its Coordinators of Education Thematic Group (2021-23). Prior to this, he was coordinating the HDCA's Thematic Group activities of Participatory Methods (2014-2020) and Emerging Researchers’ Group (ERG) [2012-13] European Educational Research Association (EERA), Germany.
Venkataraman, L. N. (2021), The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village, Orient BlackSwan, India (ISBN-13 : 978-8194829591)
(2019), “Publication or Public Action? Discursive spaces of disengagements in India”, In G. S. Suresh Babu (Ed.) Education and the Public Sphere: Exploring the Structures of Mediation in Post-Colonial India, Routledge, The United Kingdom. (93-105).
(2018), “The privatisation of public welfare in India”, Social Work and Society, Vol. 16, Issue 2, (pp. 1-5).
(2018) “Can Lateral Entry in the IAS Ensure Good Governance?”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, No. 32, (pp. 1-6).
(2018), “Capitals and Capabilities: Social reproduction of inequalities in Sripuram”, In Lopez-Fogues, Aurora and Firdevs Melis Cin (Ed), Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development: Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective, Routledge, New York. (pp. 92-107).
(2016), “New Education Policy and the continuing contentions in India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, No. 35, (pp. 47-50).
(2016), “Social Sciences in India: Premises and promises of Capability Approach” Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 10, No. 1, (pp. 1-11).
(2015), Social construction of capabilities and intersectional complexities in a Tamil village, Development in Practice, Vol. 25, No. 8, (pp. 1170-1181).
(2014), Orphan-schooling in India: A reflexive account from Sripuram, Sociological Bulletin: Journal of the Indian Sociological Society, Vol. 63, No. 2, (pp. 302-313).
(2014), “Caste and the mainstream narratives”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 6, (pp. 76-77).