Shimla, Nov 21 (UNI) Peter Ronald de Souza is the new Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Director.
Before taking over his new assignment, he was a visiting senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies Delhi and Co-director of the Lokniti Programme besides coordinating the State of Democracy in South Asia (SDSA) Project.
Professor deSouza is working on the case studies and the dialogues of the SDSA project, a release here said.
He was a professor at the Political Science Department at Goa University for 16 years from 1986 and head of the Department from from 1996 to 2002.
Besides being a member of the International Political Science Association's Research Committees on Political Philosophy and Political Sociology, he was also a member of the University Grants Commission's expert panel in political science from 1997 to 2000.
Professor deSouza was awarded the British Council Visitorship to the U.K. where he made presentations at LSE, SOAS, Warwick and Sussex University in 1992.
In March 2000, he was a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, London University, and in May 2001 he was a Visiting scholar at the Taubman Centre, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
He is also a member of the Editorial Committee for Indian Council for Social Science Research Survey on trends in Political Science and on the of Indian Journal of Social Science Review.
The Professor was part of the team that did a review of Social Science Research Capacity in South Asia for the Social Science Research Council, New York.
He has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank on Rural Decentralisation, to the Ford Foundation on Local government in India, and to the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA) in preparing their handbook on Democracy Assessment.
Professor dSouza has several books and research articles to his credit and in recent times was examining issues of decentralized democracy in India and has published several articles on Panchayati Raj.
Besides, he has just completed a study for the World Bank on 'Dalits, Discrimination and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship'.