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Mr. Sunder Raj
Research Associate

Sunder Raj is associated,with Council since 1997, in the capacity of Research Associate. He holds Master Degree in Economics from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He has been actively participated in the Council's research studies and gained rich experience in handling the field work assignmentsindependently. He has published more than 30 research articles and papers in various journals and edited volumes.? He has jointly published the following edited books to his credit; Advancementof India: Attainments and Alternatives, (Kanishka Publishers, 2010); Development Initiatives in India, (Serial Publications, 2008)and Empowering Rural India: Experiments and Experiences, (Kanishka Publishers, 2006). His areas of interest are Participatory Rural Development, Poverty Alleviation, People's Participation, Development & Displacement and Women Education & Empowerment. He has been resourceful and reliable in all the Research &Evaluation studies and Seminars, Workshops &Training programmes taken up by the Council from time to timethroughout the career and continues to play significant role in the commissioned assignments.

  • Participatory Rural Development
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • People's Participation
  • Development Induced Displacement and
  • Women Education & Empowerment


  • R. Venkata Ravi, V. Narayana Reddy and D. Sunder Raj (2010): ADVANCEMENT OF INDIA: ATTAINMENTS AND ALTERNATIVES, Kanishka Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi.
  • V. Narayana Reddy, D.Sunder Raj and M. Romesh Singh (2008): DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES IN INDIA, Serial Publications, New Delhi.
  • P. Siva Ram, R. Venkata Ravi and D. Sunder Raj (2006): EMPOWERING RURAL INDIA: EXPERIMENTS AND EXPERIENCES, Kanishka Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi.

Book Chapters

  • D. Sunder Raj (2007): “People Centred Development: An Overview”, in B. S. VasudevaRao, (Ed.) RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS; Ambala , India. Pp. 23 - 40.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2004): “Women Empowerment and Self Help Groups: A Participatory Approach”, in R. Venkata Ravi, V. Narayana Reddy and M. Venkataramana (ED), ‘EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE: GRASSROOTS STRATEGIES AND ISSUES’ Kannishka Publishers, New Delhi, Pp 86-93.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2002): “Anti-Poverty Programmes and Poverty Alleviation”, in Dr. S. Vijaya Kumar, Dr. D. VasudevaRao and Dr. R. Venkat Ravi (Ed), ‘EMANCIPATION OF MASSES FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT’, Serials Publication, New Delhi, Pp 225-240.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2002): Big Dams Boon or Burden An Overview”, in The Nowhere People (Ed.) by Dr. SibyTharakan, Books for Change, Bangalore, Pp 61-81.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2000):"Rural Development and People's Participation", in VasudevaRao.D&Vijaya Kumar S., (ed.) Volume, DEVELOPMENT WITH HUMAN TOUCH, Atlantic Publications, New Delhi, Pp 199-211.  


  • D. Sunder Raj (2004):“Women Empowerment and Self Help Groups”, INDIAN ECONOMIC PANORAMA, Vol.13, No. 4, January, Pp 56-58.
  • D.Sunder Raj(2004): “Self Help Groups and Women Empowerment”, SOCIAL WELFARE, Vol. 50, No. 10, January, Pp 39-41.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2003): “Internal Displacement in India: Causes and Consequences”, MAN & DEVELOPMENT, Vol. 25, No. 3, September, 161-170.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2003): “Tribal Community Development: A Participatory Approach”, THIRD CONCEPT,Vol, 17, No. 195, May, Pp 40-46.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2002): “Towards People-Centred Development: Participatory Approach”, THIRD CONCEPT, Vol. 16, No. 183, May, Pp 37-40.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2001): “Our Village, Our Work”, SOCIAL WELFARE, Vol. 48, No. 9, December, Pp 35-37.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2001): “Local Administrative Bodies and People’s Participation”, THIRD CONCEPT, Vol. 15, No. 175, September, Pp 46-49.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2001): “Participatory Sustainable Rural Development”, THIRD CONCEPT, Vol.15, No.168, February, Pp 29-32.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2000): "Women’s Education: Need of the Hour", NEW FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION, Vol. XXX, No. 2, April - June, Pp 141-150.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2000): “Rural Employment Generation Programmes and Peoples Participation", KURUKSHETRA, Vol. 48, No. 7, April, Pp 40-45.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2000): "Rural Development: Need of People’s Participation", THIRD CONCEPT, Vol.14, No.158, April, Pp 41- 43.
  • D. Sunder Raj (2001): "People's Participation in Rural Development", KURUKSHETRA, Vol. 48, No. 5, February, Pp 2-7.
  • D. Sunder Raj (1999) : "Whither Women's Education", SOCIAL ACTION, Vol. 49, No. 4, October - December, Pp 401- 412.
  • D. Sunder Raj (1999): “Rural Development Programmes: Reflections and Remedies” SOCIAL WELFARE, Vol. 46, No. 4, July, Pp 35-39.
  • D. Sunder Raj (1999): "Development Projects and Displaced People: A Case of Dams", MAN AND DEVELOPMENT, Vol. XXI, No.1, March, Pp 40-47.
  • Forest Dwelling Communities & Forest Rights Act 2006: Evidence From 24 Sites (Collaborative Study with Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar)2019-20.
  • 2018-19, Performance of PradhanManthri Jan DhanYojana in Telangana (RBI Corpus Grant).
  • 2011, Impact Evaluation of Jan ShikshanSansthan (JSS) at Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh (Sponsored Directorate of Adult Education, Government of India).
  • 2011, Impact Evaluation of Jan ShikshanSansthan (JSS) at Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh (Sponsored Directorate of Adult Education, Government of India). 
  • 2011, Impact Evaluation of Jan ShikshanSansthan (JSS) at Vijayawada District of Andhra Pradesh (Sponsored Directorate of Adult Education, Government of India).
  • Natural Resources Management - Role of Water Users Association: A Study in Andhra Pradesh (Sponsored by MEA Trust, Chennai) 2004.

  • Attended National Webinar on “IPR and Livelihoods: Geographical Indications of India” organized by ST. DOMINIC’S COLLEGE, KANJIRAPALLY Parathode P O, Kottayam, Kerala, India, 11.00am-1.00pm on September 17, 2021.
  • Attended National Webinar on “Art, Education and Social Sciences: How Project Muse as an e-Resource is helpful in Research” organized by Balani Infotech, Library Information Services, India, 3.00-5.00 pm, on September 17, 2021.
  • Participated in the 1st Annual Conference of Telangana Economic Association organized by Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad during 8-9, April 2017
  • Presented a paper titled “Does MGNREGS Ensures Right to Work? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh” 57th Annual conference of Indian Society of Labour Economics organised by Department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar, during   10-12 October 2015.

Workshops & Trainings

  • Coordinated Four-day online Training Programme on “Effects of Extreme Climate Events on Labour in Telangana: Challenges and Mitigation” Jointly organized by V V Giri National Labour Institute, Noida and Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, during 27-30, September 2021.
  • Associated with the Ten-day Capacity Building Workshop on “Quantitative Techniques in Research” at CSD, Hyderabad during December 04-14, 2017.
  • Associated with the Workshop on “Quantitative Techniques and Basic Econometrics” at CSD, Hyderabad during May 12-17, 2016.
  • Associated with the Workshop on “Basic Quantitative Techniques for Research Scholars and Faculty Members in Social Science” at CSD, Hyderabad during September 29 -October 9, 2015.
  • Associated with currently on going “Three Weeks Refresher Course for ST Lawyers” at CSD, Hyderabad scheduled up to August, 2012.
  • Associated with the Two days National Workshop on “Legal Clinics and Adivasi Rights” at CSD, Hyderabad from January 31-February 1, 2012.
  • Organised One day “Capacity Building Workshop for NREGA Field Level (Adivasi-Chenchu) Workers at Achampet, Mahabubnagar district on 25th July 2012.
  • Organised One day “Capacity Building Workshop for NREGA Field Level (Adivasi-Chenchu) Workers at Yerrgondapalem, Prakasam district 26th July? 2012
  • Organised One day “Capacity Building Workshop for Adivasi (Chenchu) Youth” for?? NREGA Field Level Staff at CSD, Hyderabad on January 18, 2012.
  • Organised One-day Interface between “Service Providers and VSS Members” at Bathullapalli Village, Khammam district on 30th October 2002.?
  • Organised One-day Interface between “Service Providers and SHG Women” at DRDA, Mahabubnagar district on 19th August 2002.?
  • Organised One day workshop on “Towards Successful Self Management of Self Help Groups” to Women Leaders at Kusumanchi, Khammam district on March 6, 2002.
  • Organised Two days Awareness programme on “Social Development for Self Help Group Women” at Samalkot, East Godavari district on 6th and 7th December 2001.
  • Organised Two days Training Programme on “Self Management of Self Help Group on 15th and 16th of October 2001 at Yemmiganur, Kurnool district.
  • Life member, Andhra Pradesh Economic Association.
  • Life member, Telangana Economic Association.