ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Studying Common Property Resources-Biography of a Research Project

Studying Common Property Resources Biography of a Research Project N S Jodha Introduction THIS paper summarises my presentation at a recent meeting on emerging trends in conduct of applied social science research. This relates to the study of rural common property resources (CPRs) in the dry regions of India (1982-1986), which proved to be my most effective research in terms of its operational use by several agencies ranging from the grass roots level NGOs to national and international development agencies. Policy-makers and planners dealing with wasteland development, anti- poverty programmes, environmental problems in fragile resource zones and researchers from the areas as far-ranging as watershed management to resource economics have used the results and data of the study in different measures. At least six of the articles based on the work have been reprinted in the journals and books of readings nationally and internationally. This also prompted the initiation of a number of CPR studies in the country. Finally, the CPR research shifted focus of my professional work from agricultural economics to the larger issues of environmental resources, sustainability, and participatory development strategies. The effectiveness of the CPR study under question is due to the fact that it attempted to record and project some realities, which all of us routinely see and yet do not recognise. It provided data, insights, and analysis that helped to integrate the problems of rural poverty, resource access and environmental instability, which in turn form the mandate of several agencies grappling with the problem of rural development.

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