Talk: Pongamia pinnata in Hassan Bio-Fuel Park: a qualitative study from the perspective of trees by Ms. Evelien de Hoo

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting


Topic:"Pongamia pinnata in Hassan Bio-Fuel Park: a qualitative study from the perspective of trees"


Speaker: Ms. Evelien de Hoop

Ph.D. Scholar, Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands <>


Chairperson: Prof. Dilip R Ahuja

ISRO Professor of Science & Technology Policy, NIAS <>


Date:21 October, 2015


Time: 9.30 am


Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: One of India's most famous projects on biodiesel research and production is the Hassan Bio-Fuel park, run from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka. The paper concludes that the interaction of water shortages, various other land use opportunities, farmers' needs, the characteristics of the oilseeds and labour division among farmers result in practices that are far from the aims set out by Hassan Bio-Fuel Park. This raises important question marks with regard to the role this project plays as 'successful example' in the wider Karnataka and national biofuel policy arena.

About the Speaker: Ms. Evelien de Hoop is a PhD candidate from Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands. Her PhD is in the field of science and technology studies (STS), and uses qualitative methods to study the making of India's biodiesel policy, the role of wastelands in that policy, and the practices of one of India's most long-standing biodiesel production projects - Hassan Bio-Fuel Park. In 2011, she obtained her MPhil in Geography and the Environment from Oxford University, UK, with a thesis on youth's environmental subjectivities in semi-urban Tamil Nadu.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015