Lingaraj G Jayaprakash, PhD Student

B A (Economics, Political Science, History), Bangalore University, Bengaluru, India; M.Sc (Natural Resources Management), TERI University, New Delhi, India


Interests: Collective Action, Institutional Analysis, Complexity, Soft Systems Modeling, Climate Change Adaptation

Research Summary:

Collective action in landscapes under rapid socio-ecological transformations: The role of institutional intermediaries in the sustainable governance of Bannerghatta National Park, India.

There is a growing recognition that collective action problems are inherently “wicked” in nature, embedded in diverse contexts of existing problems, policies, conflicting interests and complex inter-linkages between public and private decisions at various levels of jurisdiction. Emerging insights highlight the role of institutional intermediaries in fostering collective action. Institutional intermediaries serve as a bridge between actors and institutions, scales and knowledge domains. However, there is a lack of clarity on the terminology, role, function and emergence of institutional intermediaries. This “black box” of unexamined complex interrelations between actors and institutions needs to be acknowledged and explored. The key research question guiding my research is: How can institutional intermediaries better fostering collective action in the sustainable governance of Bannerghatta National Park (BNP), India? BNP is currently reeling under a range of collective action dilemmas. Rapid urbanization, ecological fragility, high population density, under development, weak institutions and high dependence on eco-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and tourism -- among other reasons has led to competing claims and crucial differences between diverse stakeholder groups around BNP. In order to investigate the above research question, my research will build on the concepts of soft systems modeling (SSM) and social network analysis (SNA) that has been applied in similar contexts. These concepts offer a framework to functionally link research, policy and local practice into a structured learning cycle. Through an engaged action research with relevant local actors, the study aspires to foster collective action in the BNP region. Moving beyond top-down, one-size-fits-all solutions -- the study intends to provide insights on incorporating institutional diversity into the planning process. Further, my research intends to fill crucial knowledge gaps in conceptualizing as well as operationalizing institutional intermediaries.

Awards and Scholarships:

Fonds de recherche du Quebec - Nature et technologies (FQRNT) Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Students (2014-2018).

Full scholarship to attend the Advanced Study Program on Uncertainty in climate change research organized by NCAR (National Centre for Atmospheric Research) at Boulder, Colorado (Jul-Aug 2014).

Adaptation Fellow at MIT Climate Co lab (2013-2014).

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Fellowship 2009.

Demonstrator Positions and Teaching Assistantships:

Still to come.

Project Publications:

Jayaprakash, L. and Hickey, G.M. (2022). Of green spaces and gray areas: An ethnography of forest management in peri-urban Bangaluru, India. Advances in Ecological Research: Accepted.

Jayaprakash, L.G. and Hickey, G.M. (2019). Mistaking the map for the territory: What does the history of Bannerghatta National Park, India, tell us about the study of institutions? Society & Natural Resources 32(12): 1433-1450.

Rahman, H.M.T., Saint Ville, A., Song, A.M., Po, J.Y.T., Berthet, E., Brammer, J.R., Brunet, N.D., Jayaprakash, L.G., Lowitt, K.N., Rastogi, A., Reed, G. and Hickey, G.M. (2017). A framework for analyzing institutional gaps in natural resource governance. International Journal of the Commons 11(2): 823–853.