Dwijen Rangnekar joined the Centre in September 2003 as a Senior Research Fellow with a joint appointment in the School of Law. Prior to this he held the post of Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University College London, where he led a three year project on policy innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, which examined the role and influence of patient groups on drug development. He has worked as a tutor and/or lecturer in Economics at Kingston University, UK, University of Greenwich, UK and the University of Utah, USA. Previous research posts include a tenure as Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1999 and Consultant to Actionaid (in their India office) in 1998/99. Both these posts involved work in the area of intellectual property rights and plant genetic resources. He holds a BA (Honours) in Economics (Delhi University, India), a MA in Economics (CESP, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), a Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism (Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, India) and a PhD in Economics (Kingston University, UK).
As an evolutionary economist, Dwijen’s research focuses on the innovation process, technical change, knowledge production and appropriation strategies; of special interest is the role of intellectual property rights. In terms of industrial sectors, his research mainly concentrates on the seed industry, agro-food industries, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The issues that are of interest include the transformation of agro-food industries and the relationship between plant variety protection and patent law; biotechnology, the life science industries and patent law; intellectual property rights and plant genetic resources; the international politics of intellectual property rights; protection of traditional knowledge, rural development and the role of geographical indications and trademarks; and the impact of intellectual property rights on knowledge production.
He has worked as a consultant for, inter alia, the UK government’s Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Actionaid, OXFAM, UK Food Group, Panos and the World-Wide Fund for Nature. In addition, he has made submissions to and/or been informally consulted by working groups involved in framing intellectual property law in India. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute’s project on 'Rights and Responsibilities over Genetic Resources: The Role of the Public Domain in Producing International Public Goods', a member of the expert peer group for the World Trade Institute’s (Bern, Switzerland) Research Project on Legal Rights to Plant Genetic Resources and Related Traditional Knowledge, and a member of the consultative group for UNCTAD/ICTSD’s policy paper on ‘intellectual property rights and sustainable development’. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of ‘Find Your Feet’ – a UK-based rural development organisation working in Southern Africa and India.