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These previously conducted observational field studies have not only paved way for prospective future projects between India and Oxford, but also helped the policy makers in India to identify the areas highlighted to create opportunities for people in there. 

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The Young Lives project from Oxford Centre for International Development is a long-term international study following and documenting the lives of 12,000 children over 15 years in 4 study countries (the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India alongside Ethiopia, Peru, and Vietnam). Investigating the drivers and impacts of child poverty, it aims to generate evidence to help policymakers design programmes that can break the poverty cycle. In 2007, Young Lives research helped develop the plan of action for children in Andhra Pradesh, setting out the state government’s vision for children’s well-being and development.

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Lead by Professor Barbara Harriss-White from Oxford School of Global Area Studies, this project aims to study and research the low-carbon emissions in an informal economy. Having prior experience and knowledge in the study of green revolution and its impact on Indian economy, where it also leads about the change of climate- Professor Barbara lead this pilot project funded by ESRC-DFID. 

This project develops a series of methods for the first-hand study of the materiality of the informal economy. The primary focus was on greenhouse gases (GHGs) (in CO2e), energy and water as indicators of materiality, on labour conditions and on the structure of costs and profits.
The field based case studies are rice production-distribution systems (intensive, SRI, rainfed and organic production; plus the partially regulated, private, post-harvest system; supermarket supply chains; and the state’s public distribution system) in three states of India: Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. 

Partnering with the University of Oxford, Indian centres like Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, Madras School of Economics, Chennai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, New Trade Union Initiative, New Delhi, Centre for Workers' Management, Bangalore and Chennai involved with this project.

This project has also paved the way for a follow up collaborations with other countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh by taking other carbon emitting objects.

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Projects from Oxford Department of International Development have had its concentration on India's technology, economic and social aspect and the developments concerned around these areas. 

Rural e-Services in India  

The Rural E-Services in India project is developing new, sustainable ways to deliver e-services and develop innovation capacity in poverty-stricken communities. By developing a system whereby farmers in rural India could resolve problems with crops using mobile camera phones, the project made it possible for them to discuss their challenges and get rapid responses using modern communication technology. This is a multi-disciplinary project collaborating with computer engineers and NGOs in India. Read about the outputs of this project here.

India's emerging 'rurbans' (Lives on the Move) 

Research led by Dr Indrajit Roy has explored the lives of internal migrants in India, shedding light on their motives for migrating as well as examining their social and political rights as they circulate between different locations across the country.

The study offers practical solutions to an important policy dilemma that faces one of the world’s fastest growing economies where urbanisation has, nonetheless, remained stunted.

A team led by Dr Roy carried out ethnographic research with selected families in a single village in the State of Bihar, whose 100 million people contribute a significant part of India’s labour migrants. Two researchers circulated with migrant labourers as they moved between different localities for work, while one focussed on family members who remained in the village.

Partners for this project include Centre for Equity Studies (CES) New Delhi, India; Asian Development and Research Institute Patna, India; Praxis New Delhi, India. 

Read more about the outcome, methodologies and various toolkit developed in this project here.

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