Associate Fellow at the Social Science Division of Integrated Rural Technology Centre (IRTC) Kerala, India, Rajesh also serves as Visiting Fellow of Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand, Gujarat. He has keen interests in public policy research, particularly in the areas of governance, decentralised planning, democracy and development, marginalisation and social exclusion, gender and development and education. Rajesh has several publications to his credit. He is a member of the state research team constituted byCentre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE) of National University of Education Planning and Administration (NEUPA) for their policy research project on ‘diversity and discrimination in higher education of India’. Rajesh has a Ph.D. in Development Studies from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.