Rusha is a doctoral student of public policy at IIMA.  Her dissertation focusses on understanding the political dynamics involved in chnages associated with India's EIA regulation from a neo-Gramscian perspective. Rusha have been awarded the prestigious Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Research Fellowship for the year 2021-22. Under the swiss scholarship Rusha is currently working as a visiting research fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Her work at the research centre is to examine and critically analyse the forms of citizen engagement and public access to justice in the context of EIA in Switzerland. 

Her other research interest focusses on everyday negotiations between state and society in urban India. For post-colonial countries like India the boundaries between the state and society are described as blurred, a false dichotomy, a spongiform interface (Nugent, 1994; Gupta 1995; Harris-White, 1997). Rusha’s work is a multi-cited ethnographic study, where she examines the role of ward councillors as political mediators between the municipal corporation and the citizens.

Before joining IIMA, Rusha has worked as an Assistant Professor in various management institutions in Mumbai and have a total work experience of 5.5 years. 

Areas of Research Interests 
Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation and 
Political legitimacy
Everyday practices of state and society
Urban Decentralization
Public participation and Citizen engagement 

Select Awards and Honours
• Awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Research Fellowship at the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies, Geneva for the year 2020-21
• Selected for the International winter school on public policy organized by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) at Autrans, France for the year 2019.
• Selected for the prestigious 10th International Max Planck Summer Research School on Adapting Behaviour in a Fundamentally Uncertain World” organized by Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany in 2016
• Case study on “Mahindra First Choice Services Limited- Creating a brand in a low priority category” selected for publication at the ISB-Ivey Global case writing competition, 2014
• Qualified the University Grants Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and eligibility for lectureship in December 2010.

Selected Publications
• Das, R. (2020) . A Study on Understanding the Factors of Non-compliance in Motorized Two Wheeler Helmet Use in India: A Review of Literature. In: Arkatkar S., Velmurugan S., Verma A. (eds) Recent Advances in Traffic Engineering. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 69. Springer, Singapore. 
• Das, R., Shrivastava, Amit., Pereira, Arun. (2016). “Mahindra First Choice Services Limited creating a brand in a low priority category”. Harvard Publishing, Product Number: 9B15A049. 
• Das, R., (2016). “Decoy Effects in Dummy and Real Products Using Gender and Technical Expertise as Moderating variables”. International Journal of Management and Social Science Research Review ISSN: 2349-6746

Work in Progress
Das, R., Lutringer. C., (2021). Political mediation and democratic accountability: A study of the working of everyday state in Ahmedabad India. Manuscript in Preparation. 

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