Dr. B. N. Rao

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (University of Hyderabad)

School of Economics, University of Hyderabad,


Contact information:        

Ph. No.+91-98661 14947;

Fax: +91-40-23012050

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Research Summary:

I have wider experience on empirical primary studies related to developmental issues of Dalits and Tribal communities. These studies are primarily focused on the reasons for and the consequences of land transfers among the social groups in the rural areas, land alienation in the scheduled areas, labour transformation and changes in the wages and reasons for persisting poverty in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. The study area has expanded to examine the impact of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 (rules) on the livelihoods of the local tribal communities and as well as on PESA (Panchayatraj Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act 1996, FR (Forest Rights) Act 2006 with reference to the Wildlife sanctuaries in Telangana State in India. The area of research is also expanded to examine the ‘Decentralised planning for integrated development’. Preparation of model Gram Panchayat development plans, preparation of model Mandal Parishad development plans and Model Zilla Parishad development plans in general and for the Scheduled Areas in particular. A study has been done on “Green Revolution and Land reforms” – A case study of poondla village from Bapatla Mandal of AP. It focus on the role of social institutions like social order impact on land transfers and changes in the land owning pattern and operational holdings in the study area.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow from University of Hyderabad in 2013
  • Ph.D. from University of Hyderabad in 2009
  • M.Phil from University of Hyderabad in 1998
  • M.A. from Sri Venkateswara University in 1996

 Research Interests

  • Land and forest Laws, tribes, Dalits and development
  • Political economy
  • Agricultural economics

Courses taught:

  • Principles of political Economy
  • Classical political economy
  • Introduction to the Economics
  • Development Economics
  •  Indian Economic History during colonial Period (1750-1947)
  • Agricultural Economics

Professional experience:

  • 26 years of research experience
  • 15 years of teaching experience (for both UG/PG)


Books : 

B. Nageswara Rao (2013) Mapping the Tribal Economy: a Case study of a South Indian State, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London (ISBN 978-1-4438-4370-6).

Articles in Journals :

1. A paper on “Understanding the Context of and the Prerequisites for ‘Inclusive Development’ of the Scheduled Tribes in India--With Reference to AP&TS”, IASSI Quarterly, Contributions to Indian Social Sciences, Vol. 37, No.1, Jan-Mar 2018; PP: 53-71.

2. A paper on “Land legislation, tribal movements and the issues in restoration of alienated land in the Tribal Areas of A.P. – A case study from the Scheduled Areas of Andhra Pradesh”, The Indian Economic Journal, Journal of the Indian Economic Association, special issue, December, 2017; pp:192-204.

3. A paper with Prof. G. Nancharaiah(2013), ‘Land alienation, land legislation and restoration of alienated land’ – A case study of two scheduled villages of West Godavari district of AP. in International Journal for Development Studies and Studies and Research”, Vol. V, Issue.1, Jan-June, 2013; PP: 92-107,

4. A paper with G. Nancharaiah (2012), “Land Transfers, Land reforms and Social order: A case study of Poondla Village, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh”, Journal of Indian Association of Social Sciences Institutes (IASSI), quarterly, July-Dec. 2012, Vol. 31, No. 3&4, PP:77-94.

Papers published as chapters in edited volumes :

1. With Ramesh Kumar (2016), The status of forest rights and self-governance among the tribes in the protected areas: a case study of Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary from Telengana state, Ed. By E. Venkatesu (2016), Democratic Decentralization in India Routledge Publishers, London, UK; PP: 100-110.

2. With G. Thilithi Rao (2016), “A Review on the implementation of Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan in India: with special reference to Andhra Pradesh”, Ed. Dr. G. Sridevi (2016), Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Vision of Economic development of India, Excel India Publishers, New Delhi, PP: 199-209 ((ISBN: 978-93-85777-91-2).

3. B. Nageswara Rao (2015), “Trends in the cropping pattern and it’s impact on the Tribal households in the Scheduled Areas: A case study of three Scheduled villages from West Godavari district of A.P., Ed. By Ramdas Rupavathi (2015), Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the age of Global India- Reality & Rhetori; Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi, PP: 289-312; ISBN No. 9788121212489.

Paper presentations at National/International seminars/conferences 

  • Paper presented on “The need of Paradigm shift for Forest Conservation and livelihoods among Tribes in the Protected Areas in India - With special reference to Community Based Natural Resource Management”, at Second Annual Conference of Telengan Economic Association during 10-11 February, 2018 at University Post-Graduate College, Kammam, Kakatiya University.
  • Paper presented on The impact of polarity in curriculum and pedagogy on dropout rates in primary education in the Protected Areas of Telengana – A case study of Achampet Tiger Reserve, T.S. at National Seminar on Status of Education, Health and Environment in India; 16 & 17 February, 2018.
  • Paper presented on “The present status and strategies for the inclusive development of the economy of Son raising Andhra Pradesh at National Seminar on ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Andhra Pradesh after the State Bifurcation – Its Impact on the Economy”, during 8 & 9 of March, 2018 at K.R.K. Degree College, Addanki, Prakasam District of AP.
  • A paper presentation on The structural changes in Agricultural growth and it’s impact on profit during the post-reforms period in Andhra Pradesh – A village study from Coastal Andhra” at Yogivemana University, Kadapa, A.P. during 5-09-18 and 06-09-18.
  • A research paper on “De-Jure Rights Executive conflict and the existence of De-Facto rights of the Tribes and other traditional Dwellers in the Protected Areas”, in National Seminar on Social Sciences: New paradigms towards sustainable and prospective future, March 23-25, 2017, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.
  • A research Paper on Education in the Tribal Areas: A discourse on theory and practice- A case study from protected area of Telengana State”, in National Seminar on “Education and Politics in India: A perspective from below, Feb. 24-25, 2017, at University of Hyderabad.
  • A research Paper on “Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s State Socialism; the essence, superiority and relevance”, in National Seminar on “Dr. B.R. Ambekar’s perspective on State, society and economy: Revisiting his vision and mission, Feb. 22-23, 2017, at University of Hyderabad.
  • A research paper with Mr. G. Thilothu Rao on “State Socialism and Distributive Justice in India with special reference to Scheduled Castes Sub-plan (SCSP)” in National Seminar on “Dr. B.R. Ambekar’s perspective on State, society and economy: Revisiting his vision and mission, Feb. 22-23, 2017, at University of Hyderabad.
  • Presented a paper on “Decentralized Planning and the issues of the marginalized sections- a case study of Vizayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh” at International conference on “Dynamics of economic growth and development in Asia with special reference to India” organized by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow, during 25-27 October, 2017.
  • Presented a paper at 18th IASSI (Indian Association for Social Science Institutions) National conferences on “Understanding the context of and pre-requisites for inclusive development of Scheduled Tribes in India with special reference to AP & TS” during 4-5 of December 2017 at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Gunturu, AP.

Guest Lectures given:

  •  A guest lecture on “Development and growth theories” at Siddharth Degree and PG college, Vijayawada on 24-11-20
  • A guest lecture on “The future development of new State AP” on 15-9-2015 at Government Degree college Andanki, Prakasam District, AP.
  • Participated as Resource person/Examiner for Micro Teaching Recording for 90th Orientation programme on 16-01-15 (10.00am-5.00pm) at HRDC, University of Hyderabad.
  • S.D. Signodia College for Commerce (Degree & PG) invited for Guest Lecture on “Political economy and development management” on 23rd March 2013.
  • S.D. Signodia Degree and P.G. College, Charminar, Hyderbad invited as guest of honour on 26th January 2012.
  • Govt. Degree College, Khairathabad, Hyderabad invited as chief guest for Inaugural session of the National Seminar on Small Scale Industries and development March 23-24 in 2011
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Contribution to the Indian economy, University of Hyderabad, on April 17th 2011.
  • Babbasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar as an Economist in India, University of Hyderabad, on 3rd December 2010.
  • Research methodology for Decentralized Planning and Rural development, APARD, on September 12th 2010.
  • Chaired for the several technical sessions of the National Seminars and Conferences