K. J. Joy

Joy is a Senior Fellow at Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune, India. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been an activist-researcher for more than 30 years and has a special interest in people’s institutions for natural resource management, especially water, both at the grassroots and policy levels. His other areas of interests include drought and drought proofing, participatory irrigation management, river basin management and multi-stakeholder processes, watershed based development, water and sanitation, biodiversity, water conflicts, right to water and sanitation, and people’s movements. He coordinates the national level network in India on water conflicts, “Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India”. Presently he is also involved in the CCMCC-NWO research project, “Hydropower development in the context of climate change: Exploring conflicts and fostering cooperation across scales and boundaries in the Eastern Himalayas”. He has published extensively on water and development issues and some of his co-authored/edited books include 1) Sustainable Technology: Making Sardar Sarovar Project Viable; 2) Banking on Biomass: A New Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity Based on Renewable Energy and Dispersed Industrialisation; 3) Watershed Based Development: A Source Book; 4) Sustainable Prosperity: Sustaining and Enabling Natures Productive Powers; 5) Water: Sustainable and Efficient Use; 6) Community-based Natural Resource Management: Issues and Cases from South Asia; and 7) Water Conflicts in India: A Million Revolts in the Making.