Mr. Kiran Kumar Gowd, a PhD research scholar of Prof. Arun Kumar Patnaik, in the Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has become the Steering Committee Member for the Global South Policy Process Research Network (GSPPRN) under the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) in France. He will be a part of a 10-member committee that consists of academicians and young research scholars from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, France, India, Mexico, Pakistan, and the USA. The GSPPRN is envisioned as a research and professional platform that incubates comparative and multi-disciplinary approaches to public policies, policy studies, and policy processes in various academic disciplines based on real-world evidence of policy making found in the history, society, and culture of the Global South.

Kiran Kumar Gowd

The main objectives of the network are:

(1) To promote and enhance comparative approaches to public policies in the Global South through:

(a) Organizing international conferences focused on public policies in the Global South

(b) Providing a networking space for emerging policy scholars under the aegis of IPPA

(c) Publication of knowledge documents on public policy case-studies picked from the Global South

(2) To foster research collaboration and reflections between scholars from the Global South and Global North.

(3) To conduct workshops in hybrid formats for scholars on emergent public policy research methods and theoretical frameworks.

The axis of this network is to theorize policy practices found in evidence of problem-solving from diverse research domains and across diverse public participation arenas. The primary benefit of the GSPPRN within IPPA is to enhance professional exchanges, multinational and regional collaborations, interactions, and generate comparative studies across the Global South, especially on emerging global public policy issues that have distinct and differential impacts compared to the Global North, namely climate change, environmental impacts, global health, migration issues, education, technology, and knowledge, artificial intelligence, and so on.