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Dr. K Anil Kumar

Assistant Professor (On lien)

Dr. K. Anil Kumar is an Assistant Professor with the Discipline of Anthropology. He obtained his M.A. M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from the University of Hyderabad. He has been a recipient of the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship. His area of specialization is Socio-Cultural Anthropology and his research interests include Culture and Environment, Indigenous Knowledge System, Natural Resource Management, Health & Nutrition, Development-induced Displacement, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, and Tribal Studies. He has published a good number of research papers and articles in journals and edited books of repute. He is the author of two books entitled “Relevance of Local Environmental Knowledge in the Era of Globalization” and “Obstructed Access to Forest Justice: The Implementation of Institutional Reform (FRA-2006) in Andhra Pradesh Forested Landscapes”. Dr. Kumar has participated in many National and International seminars and presented papers.
He has been actively associated with major and minor research projects and surveys with EPTRI, NIN, FHI, IPPG, UGC, DFID and Jamsetji Tata Trust. Prior to joining IGNOU he worked as an Assistant Professor for more than three years at the Center for Economic and Social Studies (ICSSR Institute), Hyderabad. Currently at IGNOU he is the course coordinator for the following courses, Anthropology and Methods of Research (MANI 001), Fieldwork and Dissertation (MANP), and Environmental Anthropology (MANE 005). He is Ph.D. Programme Coordinator and Discipline Coordinator of the Discipline. He is also the Programme Coordinator of B. A. (General) Anthropology along with Dr. Mitoo Das.
Doctor of Philosophy (subject) year
University of Hyderabad, 2007 
Doctoral Research Topic: Local Environmental Knowledge and Natural Resource Management among the Konda Reddi of Andhra Pradesh
Master of Philosophy (subject) year
University of Hyderabad, 2002
Dissertation Topic: Local Environmental Knowledge among the Kolam of Adilabad District
Master of Arts (Subject) year
University of Hyderabad, 1999
Research Topic: Ethno-biology and Indigenous Knowledge among Yanadi’s of Kothapatnam of Prakasam District
Merit Scholarship for M.A.
Bachelor of Arts (Subject) year
Nizam College, Osmania University, 1997
B.Sc (BZC), Botany, Zoology & Chemistry
Assistant Professor (Senior Scale), Discipline of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Maidan Garhi, New Delhi (From 09/09/2010 present to continuing…)
Assistant Professor, Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), ICSSR Institute, N.O. Campus, Begumpet, Hyderbad-500016 (From 02/07/2007 to 07/09/2010)
Assistant Research Scientist, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Jamai Osmania, Hyderabad-500007(From 08/08/2006 to 01/07/2007)
Faculty of Anthropology at Ambedkar Study Circle (A National Pre-Examination Training Centre), Erragadda, Hyderabad-500018 (From 04/04/2004 to 30/06/2005).
Project Faculty, Environment Protection Training & Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad – 500 032 (From 05/05/2003 to 30/04/2004)     
“A Study of Forest Rights Act-2006: Implementation and Impact in the state of Andhra Pradesh” (2010) funded and supported by IPPG (Institutions of Pro-Poor Growth) Programme Consortium managed by University of Manchester and United Kingdom Department of International development. M Gopinath Reddy (mgopinathreddy@gmail.com) and K Anil Kumar are at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. P Trinadha Rao is a tribal rights activist, writer and advocate based in Rajahmundry, and Oliver Springate-Baginski is at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.


Name of the Fellowship/Awards
Granting/ Awarding Institution
Ph.D. Doctoral Fellowship
Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
Merit Scholarship for M.A. Anthropology
University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli Hyderabad                              


Official Address:
School of Social Sciences ,
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
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