Prof. Dr. AnanthKamath
B.A MSc (Eco)MPhil., Ph.D
Azim Premji University,Bangalore

Anant's training lies in social science and development studies, and his specialisation lies in innovation and technological change. His research so far has employed an economic-sociology approach to understanding learning and innovative behaviour, and the use of the social network methodology.

Anant has published in various Indian and international peer reviewed journals, and has attended several conferences and seminars all over the world.

Anant is also deeply involved in western classical music, an ardent reader of history and other non-fiction, and has an interest in amateur photography.


PhD Economics and Policy Studies of Technological Change (United Nations University / MERIT, The Netherlands)
MPhil Applied Economics (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum)
MSc Economics (Madras School of Economics, Madras)
BA (St Joseph's College, Bangalore)


Economics of Development
Technology, Innovation, and Development
Introduction to Research.

Areas of Interest

Innovation studies and technological change, economic-sociology, social network analysis.

Publications and Writings

Kamath, A. (2015) Industrial Innovation, Networks, and Economic Development in India: Informal Information Sharing in Low-Technology Clusters, Routledge, London and New York

Refereed Journal Articles
Kamath, A., and Cowan, R. (2014) ‘Social Cohesion and Knowledge Diffusion: Understanding the Embeddedness–Homophily Association’, Socio-Economic Review, Oxford Journals

Kamath, A. (2013) ‘Interactive Knowledge Exchanges under Complex Social Relations: A Simulation Model of a Developing Country Cluster’, Technology in Society, 35(4): 294-305, Elsevier

Kamath, A. (2011) ‘Does Technical Education in India Contribute to its Core-HRST? A Case of IIT Madras’, Science and Public Policy, 38(4):293-305, Beech Tree / Oxford Journals

Other Publications

Mani, S., and Kamath, A. (2014) ‘Evidence-based Policymaking: What can we learn from India’s R&D statistics?’ Economic and Political Weekly, 49(10):13-16

-Cowan, R., and Kamath, A. (2013) ‘Interactive Knowledge Exchanges under Complex Social Relations: A Simulation Model’, WP 2013-004, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands

-Kamath, A., and Cowan, R (2012) ‘Community Cohesion and the Inherited Networks: A Network Study of Two Handloom Clusters in Kerala, India’, WP 2012-073, UNU-MERIT

-Cowan, R., and Kamath, A. (2012) ‘Informal Knowledge Exchanges under Complex Social Relations: A Network Study of Handloom Clusters in Kerala’, WP 2012-031, UNU-MERIT

-Kamath, A. (2012) ‘Enabling Inclusive Innovation: The Role of Informal Knowledge Exchanges through Interaction in Rural Low-Tech Clusters’, Working Paper 13/2009, contributed to the collaborative research project on Systems of Innovation for Inclusive Development (SIID) by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, and IDRC, Canada

-Kamath, A. (2009) ‘India’s Graduates lack Inspiration, not Infrastructure’, Opinions, Science and Innovation Policy, Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net), February 5th, UK

-Kamath, A. (2008) ‘Analysing the Contribution of Technical Education to India’s Science Manpower’, final proceedings of Sharing Agendas on Knowledge Systems, UNESCO, Paris

-Kamath, A. (2006) Book Review of Agarwal, Humphries and Robeyns (eds.) Capabilities, Freedom and Equality: Amartya Sen’s Work from a Gender Perspective, October, Mathrubhumi Weekly, in Malayalam

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