Awadhendra Sharan is currently the Director of CSDS. Trained as a historian at Delhi University and University of Chicago, Sharan’s research interests are in the fields of urban and environmental studies. His most recent publication is Dust and Smoke: Air Pollution and Colonial Urbanism, India c.1860- c.1940 (Orient BlackSwan, 2020). Click for Detailed Profile.

Earlier Directors of CSDS include Sanjay Kumar (2013-19), Rajeev Bhargava (2007-13), Suresh Sharma (2004-07), R. K. Srivastava (2003-04), V. B. Singh (1997-2002), Ashis Nandy (1992-97), Giri Deshingkar (1987-92), D. L. Sheth (1984-87), Bashiruddin Ahmed (1981-84), Ramashray Roy (1976-81), Rajni Kothari (1970-76), Gopal Krishna (1969-70) and Rajni Kothari (1963-69).

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