Research Faculty - Dr. R. Swaminathan
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Dr. R. Swaminathan
Visiting Fellow

Joined ORF
November 2004

Political Economy, Urban Affairs

Dr. R Swaminathan is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a post graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi. He is a recipient of University Grants Commission Research Fellowship and a winner of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) award.

Dr. Swaminathan started his career in 1997 with The National Herald. He then moved to The Indian Express, New Delhi, before joining Tata McGraw Hill as a Junior Sponsoring Editor, where he was responsible for College: Management and Sciences division.

He was an Assistant Professor with the Manipal Institute of Communication for nearly two years, the youngest in the University, before joining the Internet industry -- first as India Head (Content Development) for Startec, an American Telecommunications Company and then as Deputy News Editor at Rediff dotcom - India’s leading news portal.

He then joined the launch team of Daily News & Analysis (DNA), a Mumbai-based newspaper spearheaded jointly by the Dainik Bhaskar Group and the Zee Group. He set up the National Desk in DNA and was later Senior Editor in charge of the Sunday Edition and the Online Portal. He moved on to BloombergUTV , where he is Vice President of their portals business. Dr. Swaminathan was also involved with the Mumbai Education Trust (MET) where in his capacity as Deputy Director he conceptualised and set up the multimedia journalism course for the MET Institute of Mass Media.

He has five books to his credit Gujarat: Perspectives of the Future (Academic Foundation) Small Hands, Big Deeds: New Forms of Labour Mobilisation (Samskriti), Mumbai Vision 2015: Agenda for Urban Renewal (Macmillan), Healthcare Issues in Large Federal Countries (Forum of Federations) and Free Power to Farmers: Policy Implications for Maharashtra (ORF).

Dr. R Swaminathan has also been a regular columnist for and his articles have appeared in several leading newspapers and journals. Dr. Swaminathan is a Visiting Fellow at ORF.

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