The Department of Policy Studies embraces the philosophy that policy level recommendations for sustainable development can follow only from rigorous research that engages with alternative strands/schools of thought across disciplines. The research agenda at the Department is advanced by its multi-disciplinary team of faculty members with specializations in anthropology, economics, management, development studies, sociology and demography. Their research interests, under the core theme of public policy, cuts across various aspects of ecology-economy-society interface.
The PhD programme at the Department of Policy Studies aims to build the capacities of next generation academicians/thought leaders in critical thinking, research and analytical skills, and effective communication of research. The programme prepares scholars for career in university-level teaching, research, policy analysis.
The mode of operation and key features of these programmes are governed by the provisions laid down "TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019" (and its subsequent amendments).
At the end of Ph.D. programme, the students should be able to:
• Explore frontiers of fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research and teaching under the broad domain of policy and sustainability studies.
• Understand and apply scientific methods and techniques to carry out high quality/rigorous research work.
• Independently plan, implement original research with high ethical standards.
• Develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
• Develop effective interpersonal and research communication skills with the ability to communicate to different stakeholders within their fields.
Preferred areas of research interest
• Agrarian Studies
• Climate Policy
• Demography and Public Health
• Development Studies
• Education and Development
• Energy and Climate nexus
• Energy Economics and Policy
• Energy Market and Regulations
• Environmental Anthropology
• Environment and Health
• Environmental Governance
• Environmental Valuation
• Environment-Development Conflict
• Gender Studies
• Governance and Institutional Analysis
• International Economics
• Intersection of Energy Technologies, Resources and Social Systems
• Microeconomic Theory and Applications
• Payment for ecosystem services
• Political Ecology
• Political Economy
• Population and Development
• Social Inequality, Exclusion and Development
• Valuation of ecosystem services
• Resource Economics
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage of 70% to the written tests and 30% to the performance in interviews shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightage. Paper I will be on ‘Research Methodology’ which will be a common paper for admission in all departments of the University. Paper II will be department/subject specific.
PhD Programme is divided into three stages. These are:
Stage I: Ph.D. Course work
Ph.D. course work at the Department of Policy Studies aims to equip scholars with the necessary research and analytical skill sets. Ph.D. Course work is governed by the ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019’ (and its subsequent amendments) and UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2016 (and its subsequent amendments).
Ph.D. Course work structure and requirement
A minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits will have to completed by the Ph.D. students in order to complete their course work. Some courses are mandatory in nature and some are prescribed by the Department Research Committee (DRC)/ Centre Research Committee (CRC) on the recommendations of the Student Research Committee (SRC). The Ph.D. course work must be completed within the first two semesters of joining the programme.
Every Ph.D. student must take the following mandatory courses. a)Research Methodology – 3 Credits (Credit only course) b)Research and Publication Ethics - 2 Credits (Credit or audit course) c)Philosophy of Social Science- 3 Credits (Credit or Audit course—based on the recommendations of SRCs) d) Quantitative Research Method – minimum of 2 Credit course from the list of quantitative methods course as prepared by the DRC*
Ph.D. students can opt for ‘Communication Skills’, as a non-mandatory course. Students can also opt for other courses related to their area of research, based on the recommendation of the SRC and approval of DRC.
Stage II: Research proposal defense and research work
• A student will be permitted to appear for defending his/her research proposal only after he/she has completed the Ph.D. course work as decided by the SRC.
• As a part of the research proposal defence, a draft research proposal must be prepared in the prescribed format by the student in consultation with the Supervisor(s).
• The Supervisor will schedule the research proposal defence.
• After a satisfactory defence, the student will submit his/her final research proposal and related documents to the DRC with due approval from the Supervisor. The final research proposal must be submitted to the DRC within a period of 24 months from the date of registration to the Ph.D. programme.
• During the Ph.D. programme, the student shall appear before the SRC at least once in each semester to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work. This process will continue until thesis submission.
Stage III: Thesis submission
A Ph.D. student may submit his/her thesis, in the prescribed format, at any time provided that he/she has completed the minimum period of registration and he/she has completed the course work requirement as prescribed by the DRC on the recommendations of the SRC with a requisite CGPA and has also successfully defended his/her research proposal.** Prior to the thesis submission, the student should submit a synopsis document, duly approved by the SRC, and should make a presentation in the Department (to the DRC). He/she should also have the requisite publication/s, as specified in the ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019’ (and its subsequent amendments).
* University wide list of available courses under this category are provided in Annexure 1.
** University formats for all submissions, once prepared, will be reviewed by the DRC, which shall suggest changes, if needed.
Ph.D. Programme at the Department of Policy Studies fosters new knowledge creation by enabling individual intellectual potential through critical thinking and research; thus, contributing to the discourses on sustainability and policy level impacts. It promotes interdisciplinary research demonstrating opportunities for broader research excellence framework. Research at the Department is carried out with the understanding that policies, whose primary goal is to improve well-being of people and planet, cannot successfully achieve their objectives with just a top-down approach. Thus, scholars are encouraged to participate in field studies, appreciating the organic link between theoretical understanding and field-based realities. Exposure to such dialectic will enhance their capacity to question the accepted, explore the possibilities and verify the impossibilities.