As of the 1st of September 2015 dr. Saradindu Bhaduri will hold the new Prince Claus Chair (PCC) for a period of two years. His thematic focus will be on ‘Frugal Innovation for Development and Equity’, a topic on which dr. Bhaduri holds an excellent academic record. Dr. Bhaduri will cooperate extensively with researchers from the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa, one of the joint multidisciplinary centres of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Dr. Bhaduri is a promising Indian academic with an excellent track record in research on frugal innovation ‘by and for the poor’, with a focus on informal sector innovations which matches the spirit of the PCC chair with its focus on development and equity. Dr. Bhaduri has an extensive network in his field of studies and is therefore able to connect researchers across borders and support the exchange of knowledge and experience from the Frugal Innovation hotbed India, to other emerging markets.
Dr. Bhaduri is currently based at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. During his term as chairholder, Dr Bhaduri will reside for two periods of about three months at the ISS in The Hague. He will do field research in India and in Africa, and he will contribute to teaching on frugal innovation.
This fall, Dr. Bhaduri will visit The Hague for a first period to further plan his research agenda and prepare his inaugural speech, which will be held in the spring of 2016.
Prince Claus Chair
The objective of the Prince Claus Chair is to continue the work of Prince Claus (1926-2002) in development and equity. Utrecht University and ISS alternately appoint an outstanding young academic from a developing region to the Prince Claus Chair. The Chair was established in early 2003 for the advancement of research and teaching in the field of development cooperation.