Dr.ir. S. (Sanghamitra) Chakravarty

Dr.ir. S. (Sanghamitra) Chakravarty


Sanghamitra Chakravarty is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Organisation & Governance Section of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. She has an interdisciplinary background with PhD in Development Studies from International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam and master’s degree in chemical engineering from Jadavpur University, India. In her postdoctoral research, she is part of the MVI funded project on Sustainable design of multi-scale CO2 electrochemical conversion, where she is exploring governance and policy perspectives influencing transition of this emerging technology to a higher technology readiness level.

Prior to academic research, Sanghamitra has worked extensively at the interface of technology, innovation, and development in diverse contexts. Her most exciting experiences have been mission mode programmes and bilateral industrial R&D cooperation initiatives under Department of Science and Technology in India and at The Research Council, Oman on innovation policy and support. A need to better understand social science theories behind professional practice led her to a course on Sustainable Local Economic Development at ISS in 2014 and eventually a mid-career shift in 2017 for full time doctoral studies. In her thesis, using empirical data from small and medium innovative medical device manufacturing firms from fieldwork in South Africa, Sanghamitra explored how resource-constrained innovation influences the direction of technological change. Her research was embedded in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus International Centre for Frugal Innovation.

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