Avinash’s research interests lie in Science, Technology and Society, Information and Communication Technologies, R&D Collaborations, and Social Network Analysis. He has been critically engaged in analyzing the structure, pattern, properties, and functions of networks- particularly scientific, social, and policy networks – studied using a combination of theoretical and empirical methods broadly situated within the scope and ambit of Science and Technology Studies.
Avinash obtained an MA in Development Studies and a Ph.D. with a specialization in Science, Technology, and Society from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the dynamics of R&D collaboration in agricultural biotechnology. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz, Austria (October 2016 to June 2017). He was the recipient of the ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship hosted by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (January 2019 to January 2021). Avinash engaged as a Post-doctoral researcher in a transnational project called ‘COMPON,’ where he focused on comparative climate policy networks involving Australia, Brazil, India, and Japan. He also worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in a project funded by Princeton University at the Climate and Energy Research Lab (CEPRL), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (January 2021 to September 2021).
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S. (2020). Interests, Norms, Meanings: A Study of Rice Biotechnology in India, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 40 (3-4): 31-39.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S. and Swarnakar, P. (2020). Mapping Scientific Collaboration: A Bibliometric Study of Rice Research in India, Journal of Scientometric Research,9 (1): 29-39.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S. (2019). Confirmations and Contentions over GM Technology: Socio-Political Construal of Innovations in Rice Biotechnology Research in India, Asian Journal of Social Science, 607-630.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S. (2019). Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) in Rice Biotechnology Research in India, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 18 (3): 293-314.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S. (2015). Plant biotechnology representation and resistance: a study of plant breeding community in Bihar, India, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 14 (5): 544-66.
Swarnakar, P. and Kumar, A., ‘Structure, Institutions and Organizations: Intricacies of Climate Change Policy Network in India’, IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, February 24, 2021 (shifted to online due to COVID 19 crisis).
Satoha, K., Swarnakar, P., Kumar, A. and Trencher, G., Climate Change Policy Network and Policy Cleavage Structure: India and Japan Comparison, 115 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 8-11, 2020 (shifted to online due to COVID 19 crisis).
Kumar, A., ‘Climate policy network of India and Brazil’, Indo-Japan Workshop on Climate change and Energy policy of India and Japan, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, December 20-21, 2019.
Shukla, R. and Kumar, A., ‘Tracing Discursive Practices through Media Framing of Renewable Energy’, International Workshop on Socio-ecological relations of energy transition in Australia, Germany, and India, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, November 12-13, 2019
Kumar, A. andMallick, S., ‘GMOs and Questions of Sustainability: A Case Study of Rice Biotechnology in India’, International Conference on Agriculture and Human Development in India: Indigenous Practices, Scientific Views and Sustainability, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, September 8-9, 2017.
Kumar, A., ‘Rice Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture in India’, 16th Annual Conference on Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies – Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz, Austria, May 8-9, 2017.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S., ‘Scientific Collaboration in Rice Biotechnology: Response of the Scientific Community in Bihar’, Indraprastha International Conference on Biotechnology (IICB 2013), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India, October 22-25, 2013.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S., ‘Debates and Discourses: Innovations in Rice Biotechnology in India’, National Conference on Science, Technology and Society, National Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar, India, July 22-23, 2017.
Kumar, A. and Mallick, S., ‘Interests, Norms and Meanings: Socio-Political Construal of Rice Biotechnology Research in India’, Silver Jubilee National Seminar on Contemporary Debates on Science, Technology and Nationalism in India, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, October 31 – November 2, 2018.