Nimita Pandey

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow


Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India


UNESCO, New Delhi

Research interests:

Nimita’s present work is on “Gender Inclusivity in STI: An Indian Perspective”, aims to assess the status of gender access and retention in STEM education and careers and in S&T and R&D; analyse international good practice in terms of effective mainstreaming of gender in STI policies and monitoring; organize stakeholder consultations and identify opportunities/partnerships to build STI capacity through removal of gender barriers.

Apart from Gender and Science, her research interests include Equity and Inclusion and STI, Innovation Systems and Regional Development; Science Diplomacy; Globalisation of Innovation; STI for SDGs, Biotechnology clusters, to name a few.


Nimita is a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Fellow at the Department of Science & Technology – Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She is hosted jointly at Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), Government of India and UNESCO New Delhi cluster office. A master’s in Business Administration, she holds a Ph.D. in Science Policy from the Center for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prior to joining, DST-CPR-IISc, she worked with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a policy research institute at New Delhi, on various projects in the area of Science Policy, Technology Foresight, Responsible Research and Innovation, Science Diplomacy supported by national and international organizations, including DST, O/o PSA, World Bank, FAO, European Commission, Australian National University, and others. She has been the Course Co-coordinator, of ITEC – Science Diplomacy Program (2018- 2020), organized by RIS, with support from Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Some of her associations include Member, Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS); Associate Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Associate Editor, Science Diplomacy Review.


Journal articles/papers (peer-reviewed*):

*Srinivas, K.R. and Pandey, N (2020), ‘Science Diplomacy, techno-nationalism and COVID 19: The Case of Cautious Optimism’(forthcoming).

Pandey, N (2019) ‘Book Review: The Collaborative Era in Science: Governing the Network’, Science Diplomacy Review, Vol. 1 (3), 31-34.

Pandey, N (2019) ‘Brain Drain and Brain Circulation: Why Collaboration Matters?’, Science Diplomacy Review, Vol. 1 (2), 23-26.

*Srinivas, K.R., Kumar, A. and Pandey, N (2018) National Case Study: India, RRI Practice.

*Pandey, N. and Desai, PN (2017) ‘Exploring Global Innovation Networks in the Indian Bio Clusters: A Case of Genome Valley in Hyderabad, India’, Journal of Scientometric Research, 6 (1), 23-35.

*Pandey, N. and Desai, PN (2017) ‘Regions, Knowledge Communities and Innovation Dynamics: A Case of Bangalore Biocluster in India’, Asian Biotechnology Development Review, Vol. 19 (3), 25-46.

Conference Papers:

‘Mapping STI for SDGs: A Policy and Governance Perspective’ EU-SPRI early career event (virtual due to the Pandemic) on June 2, 2020.

‘Global Networks, Regions and Knowledge Communities: A case of Bioclusters in India’, Globelics Conference, Athens (Greece) [October 2017].

‘Global Innovation Networks and Clusters in Indian Biopharmaceutical Sector: A Case Study of Bangalore Helix, Karnataka’, Globelics Conference, Bandung (Indonesia) [October 2016].

‘Global Innovation Networks and Biopharma Clusters: A Case Study of Genome Valley in Hyderabad’, Globelics Conference, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) [October 2014].

‘An Empirical Investigation into the Relationship between Mission Statements and Stakeholder Management’, presented in the International Conference of Corporate Governance Norms at IIT-Kharagpur, West Bengal [September 2009].

Multimedia outputs:

Pandey, N (2020, October 1) ‘Book Review: A Lab of One’s own – One Woman’s Personal Journey through Sexism in Science’, The Wire Science.

Pandey, N (2020, August 9) ‘Indigenous Communities, Traditional Knowledge and Resilience to COVID19’ Science Policy Forum [Audio Podcast].

Pandey, N and Zill-e-Anam (2020, September 9), Gender Biases in Funding Tech Start-ups: A Report Review, Science Policy Forum.

Iyer, S., Das,S., Sarkar,U.D., Maru,N., Pandey, N. and Taye, M. (2019, October 23) ‘Politicising pathways: Illustrating relational power using the vulnerability walk’ STEP Centre Blog.