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Dr. Braja Sundra Mishra

Designation: Professor, Dean, School of Social Sciences


Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD (Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan)
  • MSW ( Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan)


  • More than 25 years of work experience in diverse fields and positions (including in leadership positions) in different organizations- Govt of India, NGO, INGO, Corporate, and Academic institutions along with short term assignments overseas

Worked in:

Institutions worked with :
  • Friends of Women’s World Banking India, as Director (Programme)
  • Trickle Up ( an US based INGO), as India Programme Lead
  • Department of Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, as Member of Drafting Committee- Odisha Youth Policy2013
  • ICICI Fellow Programme, as Mentor
  • Vivekananda Institute of Social Work & Social Sciences, as Professor & Dean
  • School of Rural Management (KIIT- Deemed University), as Associate Professor
  • Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, as Senior Faculty
  • CBWE, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt of India, as Education Officer
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, as Research Associate
Area of Expertise :
  • Research/Action Research/Teaching in areas of Livelihoods, Social Policy & Development,  Governance
  • Program Development/ Management
  • Knowledge Development & Management
  • Policy Study/Analysis
  • Building Strategic Alliances /Network
  • Mentoring 
Consulting Assignments Undertaken :
  • Member of Evaluation Team of Forestry Projects in the states of West Bengal and Sikkim ( supported by JICA) (March-  Aug, 2018)
  • Impact Assessment of “Civil Society Organisations in Development: Improving Access to Information and Delivery of Public Service Schemes in Remote and Backward Districts of North East India”, Feb-Jun 2018. Project funded by European Union and implemented by ACTED
  • Knowledge Partner on the intervention “ Livestock Based Livelihoods and Empowerment of Women’ in Uttarakhand, Apr-Jun 2018 ( project jointly undertaken by ILRI & ICRISAT)
  • Mid-Term Evaluation of ‘Market Development and Enterprise Promotion for Poor Women in Jharkhand’ Sep-Oct, 2017 ( Donor agency: Miserior, Implementing agency: Udyogini)
  • Livelihood Expert of Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of India in its SEED Programme during 2012
  • Process monitoring and evaluation of Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, being supported by International Youth Foundation in Mumbai & Delhi, 2014
  • Facilitated  a National Conference on Livelihood Learning Group on Micro Enterprise Promotion as means of Livelihood promotion, in Hyderabad on 16-17, Jan, 2014, supported by Ford Foundation
  • Consultant ( Team Leader- Social Safety Expert) of Social Safety Net Programme to Government of Odisha in its Public Enterprise Reform Programme during 2013
  • Team member of  a Policy Advocacy Research  on Access to Water and Sanitation by Dalit Communities in  India ( NACDOR- Water Aid  India),  2013-14
  • Team member of the Study on Skill Development for Tribal Youth ( study supported by UNDP, coordinated by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India), 2014
  • Member of  research team to prepare the Indigenous People’s Plan (IPP) for the Mumbai-Ahmadabad High Speed Railway Corridor, 2014-15
  • Worked as a Member of the team , which undertook a study  on Livelihood Challenges of Forest Dwellers in the Northeast States, supported by ICSSR ( Indian Council for Social Science Research) and SDTT( Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust). 2009
  • Worked as a team member of the study on Cost Benefit Analysis of Activities implemented under Chhattisgarh District Rural Development Programme (CGDPRP) supported by World Bank, in 2008


  • 'Unorganised Workers and Social Security', Published in 'Workers Education', in the June, 2006, a journal published quarterly by Central Board for Workers Education, Govt of India
  • 'The People: Their Livelihood and Critical Challenges' published in State of India's Livelihoods: 4 P Report, in Nov, 2008, a national level publication jointly brought out by ACESS Development Services and The Livelihood School
  • 'Contract Farming for Potato : An Attempt to include Poor Farmers in the Modern Value Chain' in the Book on Inclusive Value Chain , edited by Prof Malcolm Harper, published by  World Scientific Publishing Company , Singapore, in 2008
  • 'Contract Farming for Potato: An Attempt to include Poor Farmers in the Value Chain' (modified version) in the International Journal for Enterprise Development and Microfinance, published by Practical Action Publishing, UK, in Dec, 2008 ( This case has been incorporated as a Case Study in the curriculum for MBA students in MDI, Gurgaon)
  • ‘Critical Challenges in Agriculture' in Agriculture based Livelihood Promotion, published by The Livelihood School, Nov, 2008
  • 'Challenges in Utopian Inclusive Growth' in the UGC sponsored seminar publication of Inclusive Growth: India in Global Perspective, jointly organised by The Livelihood School and University of Calcutta  Mar, 2009
  • 'Cultural Heritage Based Livelihood Promotion: A Case Study of Raghurajpur', in KIIT Research Journal (ISSN.0976-920X), Oct, 2010 (Presented in an International Conference on Economics and Business and was awarded as best paper in the Rural and Eco-Tourism Management Section by National Taipei University, Taiwan)
  • SHG- An Institutional Design for Livelihood Promotion : A Study  from Sundarbans, published in a national level journal called Journal of Social Work and Social Development ( ISSN : 2229-6468) in Dec, 2010
  • ‘Growth Elusive for Rural Labourers’ published in Social Action ( ISSN: 0037-7627), April-June, 2011, Vol-61, No.2, New Delhi