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Rupsha Banerjee

Elisa Arnaudo


PhD in Science, Cognition and Technology, University of Bologna (2010-2013).


Office address:
CIS – Department of Philosophy and Communication
University of Bologna
Via Zamboni 38
40126 Bologna

Current position

Postdoc at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya.


Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Planning and Development (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India 2008).
Masters in Social Work (MSW) in Social Welfare Administration (Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, India 2003).


Adaptation strategies to climate change from the perspective of use of rural technology uptake through socio-cultural and institutional innovations.
Proposed Thesis research: Adaptation to climate variability and change- Operationalising technical solutions through socio-cultural and institutional innovations
Based on the view that new technologies are created by humans to address specific problems in a given society, this study will look at the process of adaptation to climate change using an innovation systems perspective (World Bank. 2006). The speed and direction of technology development is determined by the economic laws and institutional context of a given social system. The decision for adopting a new technology is based upon the necessity of the technology, the accessibility of the technology and the socio-cultural factors determining the adoption, in addition to the related of high productivity bearing both direct and indirect effects. Therefore, while selection of technologies it is important to keep in mind the flexibility and the equity along with the socio-political acceptability, environmental sustainability and their economic efficiency. Thus, the potential effectiveness of adaptation strategies with respect to the role of technology must be assessed within a socio-economic, policy and institutional context.
Methodology: Purposive sampling to understand the role of technology through social and institutional arrangements as a mechanism of adaptation to climate change in the Semi Arid regions of India. Questionnaires (structured and semi - structured), Focus Group Discussions and Individual Interviews

Selected Publications

Banerjee Rupsha, 2014. Farmers’ perception of climate change, impact and adaptation strategies: a case study of four villages in the semi-arid regions of India, in Natural Hazards. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-014-1466.

Banerjee Rupsha, Pancaldi G., Birner R., 2014. Innovation System Perspective on Agriculture Development in India, Scholars' Press, ISBN: 978-3639664003.

Banerjee Rupsha, Kamanda JO, Bantilan MCS and Singh Naveen P. 2013. Exploring the Relationship between Local Institutions in SAT India and Adaptation to Climate Variability. Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards. Volume 65, Issue 3, pp. 1443-1464. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0417-9.

Banerjee Rupsha and Kamanda Josey Ondieki. 2012. Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience. The socio-cultural landscapes of global climate change: Ethnographic views from all over the world. Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University (

Banerjee R. and Kamanda JO. 2011. Electrification in the agricultural development of India, in G. Pancaldi (ed), Electricity and Life, episodes in the history of hybrid objects, 183 pp. Bologna Studies in History of Science, 13. CIS, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Bologna, Via Zamboni 38, 40126 Bologna, Italy. ISBN: 978-88-900162-6-4

Rupsha Banerjee, Naveen. P Singh & Cynthia Bantilan. 2012.A comparative study of perceptions & adaptive capacities of First Generation VLS villages- A Synthesis from Social Lens Working Paper. International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad

Rupsha Banerjee, MCS Bantilan, Kamanda JO, Naveen P Singh, R Padmaja 2012. A comparative study of perceptions & adaptive capacities of Kanzara & Dokur villages: Working paper No.26. International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad

Rupsha Banerjee, MCS Bantilan, Kamanda JO, Naveen P Singh, R Padmaja 2012. A comparative study of perceptions & adaptive capacities of Aurepalle & Shirapur villages: Working paper No.27. International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad

Padmaja R, Banerjee R, Bantilan MCS and Singh NP. 2009. Vulnerability to climate change – adaptation strategies and layers of resilience. Manual on Social analysis using qualitative tools. Training Manual 3.Patancheru 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. 36 pp

Selected Presentations

Banerjee, R. 2012 , Paper Presentation: The Green Revolution: The Untold Process of its Success,55th Annual Meeting of the Society of The History of Technology, Copenhagen Denmark

Banerjee, R. 2011, Poster Presentation: Local Perceptions of Climate Change and Adaptive Capacities: Lessons Learnt from Kanzara Village SAT India, International Conference on Climate Change- Global Scenarios and Local Experiences, University of Bielefeld Germany 24-25 October 2011

Banerjee R, Kamanda JO, Singh NP and Bantilan MCS. 2011. Local perceptions on climate change and adaptive capacities: Lessons learnt from Villages in the Semi-Arid Tropics of India. Paper accepted for the International Conference on Gender and Climate Change: Women, Research and Action, 15-16 September 2011, Prato, Tuscany, Italy

Banerjee R, Kamanda JO, Radhika C, Singh NP 2009, Poster Presentation: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the SAT Region: A Conceptual Framework – Social Science Stripe Review ICRISAT India

Banerjee R, Padmaja R, Bantilan MCS 2009, Poster Presentation: Social Dimensions of Village Dynamics Studies in South Asia – Social Science Stripe Review ICRISAT India


Professional experience

March 09– August 10: International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT-Hyderabad, India) Consultant - (Applied Sociology)

Juyl 04 – January 05: Larson & Toubro India Limited (One of the Largest Construction Company in India) Consultant – Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Cell Setup

September 03 – July 06 :UpLift India Association (Pune, India) Governance & Communication Co-ordinator

Linguistic competences

Fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi

Computer skills

Office 2007, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project Office, Atlas ti 5.2


Sketching, Reading, Cooking, Traveling, Listening to Music and Sports.