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About the CNRS (INDIA)

CNRS is a government-funded research organisation (founded in 1939), under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. As the largest fundamental research organisation in
Europe, CNRS carries out research into all fields of knowledge, through its ten national institutes. 

CNRS participate in NOPOOR through its Research and Service Unit “Indian Knowledge and Worlds” (USR 3330) in India, comprising 2 joint research units of CNRS and the French External Affairs Ministry, the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH). Both are financially autonomous institutions. Specialised in a large area of social sciences (economics, politics and sociology, demography, anthropology, urban studies, international relations), ecology, classical Indian studies (Indology). Extensive networks with institutions of excellence in India; considerable capabilities in Data analysis and GIS mapping.

CNRS (INDIA) key staff members

V. Marimoutou, Areas: Econometrics and Statistics, Macro-economics, Director of IFP and of USR 3330, PhD University of Aix Marseille, Professor and former Dean of the University of Bordeaux, former Director of the research centre GREQAM-EHESS, and Adjoint Scientific director of Social Sciences at CNRS, expert for various scientific and government agencies.   

B. Chaudhuri, Development and Public Economics, Institutional Economics, Director CSH, Adjoint director USR 3330, Associate Professor, University of Caen, Vice President Research and Vice President Academic and Student Affairs, University of Caen, expert for various scientific and government agencies.

Himanshu, Senior Fellow, CSH, and Assistant Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Areas : Macroeconomics, Poverty and Inequality Measurement, Agriculture; personnalité d’avenir of the French External Affairs Ministry; expert for the Indian Planning Commission and other Indian government agencies.


A series of previous research projects on poverty and inequality, governance and reform issues, including their political dimensions, with extensive collaborations in India and elsewhere (including with South Africa and Brazil).

Relevant references

Aulong S., Borne F., Caballero Y., Chaudhuri B., Dazin F., Dewandel B., Dinis L., Galab S., Guerrin J., Himanshu, Ladouche B., Maire E., Maréchal JC., Muthusankar G., Perrin J., Prudhvikar Reddy P., Ramesh BR., Sannier, C., Sekhar M., Shakeel A., Vigaud N., 2010, «Socio-economic assessment of farmers’ vulnerability as water users subject to global change stressors in the hard rock area of southern India».The SHIVA ANR project. Contribution orale à LANDMOD2010, International Conference on Integrative Landscape Modelling, 3-5/02/2010, Montpellier. Publiée sur

Biswas R., Marjit S., Marimoutou V., 2010, «Fiscal Federalism, State Lobbying and Discretionary finance evidence from India», Economics and Politics, January.

Chaudhuri B., Chevrou-Sévérac H., Marimoutou V., 2007, «Regional disparities in India, in Oxford Companion to Economics in India», Ed by Kaushik Basu, OUP.

Himanshu, 2008, «World Bank New poverty Estimates : what are these New Poverty Estimates and What do they Imply?» Economic and Political Weekly, October. Rongili Biswas, Sugata Marjit, Velayoudom Marimoutou,: Fiscal Federalism, State Lobbying and Discretionary finance evidence from India, Economics and Politics, January 2010.