Vidyaranya Namballa joined CSGR as a Research Assistant in February 2007 and will be working with Dr.Dwijen Rangnekar on the role of geographical indications in localising economic control through club formation: Examining the intellectual property protection of Feni in Goa, India? Vidyaranya holds an LLM in Law in Development from University of Warwick and Postgraduate Degrees in Law of Torts (ML) and Social Work (MSW) From Andhra University, India.
Prior to joining Warwick, Vidyaranya worked as Commissioning Editor for LexisNexis Butterworth’s and Macmillan. He commissioned more than 120 legal and social science publications including Halsbury Laws of India. He also worked with Voluntary Action Network of India (VANI), a national non-governmental organisation as Programme Officer – Advocacy and Alliance Building in New Delhi. Vidyaranya is the founder member of MagnaCarta, a non-governmental organisation working to build a culture of human rights in India. Vidyaranya is a PhD Scholar at Warwick Law School under the supervision of Professor Abdul Paliwala, undertaking a phenomenological study into suicides among farmers in India. His research concerns the causal relationship between the phenomenon of suicides among farmers and economic liberalisation, particularly examining the country’s social political ecology over the last two decades. The research would highlight the consequences of the liberalisation regime on the lives of the farmers, sustainable agriculture and explore the scope and limitation of law as an instrument for change.