Sunil Tankha is Assistant Professor of States, Societies and World Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on development policies and governance, in particular on issues related to infrastructure (electric power and water) and public sector management. He combines research with policy advice, symbiotically generating data and ideas which can help policymakers approach wicked problems with more nuanced approaches. He has worked intensively on four continents, and has substantial country experience in Brazil, Georgia, India, Netherlands, and the United States. In addition, he has worked in several other developing countries, including Argentina and Mexico in Latin America, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka in South Asia, and Uganda in Africa. He speaks English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi and Bengali fluently, and has some knowledge of Dutch, Russian and Urdu.
In Brazil, he has studied intensively policy reforms in electric power and water management. He has also prepared reports for the World Bank on involuntary resettlement policies and practices in Ceará and on policies for urban re-development and the promotion of the creative industries in Pernambuco.
In India, he has written articles, reports and case studies on participatory water management, and reform in the water and sanitation sector. He has analyzed problems in reforming the power sector in the country. In addition, he has analyzed institutional arrangements for climate change adaptation at the state level. Currently, he is involved in a large project investigating climate change adaptation policies in practices in the Himalayan-Hindukush mountain ranges.
In Georgia, he led a project on Civil Society for Development, which involved organizing civil society groups to organize for raising awareness of decentralization and local governance issues. The network and activities developed through this project contributed to the development and passage of groundbreaking legislation in local government, including the provision for direct election of mayors.
In the United States he has prepared reports on large scale government procurement policies and their effects on industrial development, as well as on water management in the Texas-Mexico cross-border region.
S. Tankha & B. Fuller (2010). Getting Things Done: Bureaucratic and Entrepreneurial Approaches to the Practice of Participatory Water Management Reforms in country-region Brazil and place country-region India. Water Policy, 12 (1).
S. Tankha (2008). From Market to Plan: Lessons from Brazilian Power Reforms on Reducing Risks in the Provision of Public Services. Policy & Society, 27 (2).
S. Tankha (2008). From Market to Plan: Lessons from Brazilian Power Reforms on Reducing Risks in the Provision of Public Services (Policy & Society). Policy and Society, 27 (2).
S. Tankha (2021). Economic, political, and social transformation in Brazil: a study in disorderly progress. In P.B. Anand, F Comim & S Fennel (Eds.), Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies. London: Oxford University Press
S. Tankha & T. Rauken (2015). Climate politics, emission scenarios and negotiation stances in India. In G Bang, A Underdal & S Andresen (Eds.), The domestic politics of global climate change : key actors in international climate cooperation (pp. 95-118). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
S. Tankha & B. Fuller (2011). Tempered Responsiveness through Regulatory Negotiations: Managing Unanticipated Innovations Emerging from Participation Reforms. In D.S.L. Jarvis, E. Araral, M. Ramesh & Wu Xun (Eds.), Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How do we Know it? Lessons From Place Asia and Beyond (pp. 553-584). Singapore: World Scientific
S. Tankha (2011). Partial Privatization and Nested Regulation: Institutional Choices in Public Sector and Regulatory Reform. In D.S.L. Jarvis, E. Araral, M. Ramesh & Wu Xun (Eds.), Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How do we Know it? Lessons from placeAsia and Beyond. Singapore: World Scientific
S. Tankha (2011). Partial Privatization and Nested Regulation: Institutional Choices in Public Sector and Regulatory Reform. In D.S.L. Jarvis, E. Araral, M. Ramesh & W. Xun (Eds.), Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How do we Know it? Lessons from placeAsia and Beyond (pp. 303-332). Singapore: World Scientific
S. Tankha (2010). Planning for Power: Lessons from Three Generations of Brazilian Electricity Reforms. In M. Ramesh, E. Jr. Araral & X. Wu (Eds.), Reasserting the Public in Public Services: New Public Management Reforms (pp. 178-196). London: Routledge
S. Tankha (2009). Planning for Power. Lessons from Three Generations of Brazilian Electricity Reforms. In M. Ramesh, E.Jr Araral & X. Wu (Eds.), Reasserting the Public in Public Services: New Public Management Reforms. London: Routledge
S. Tankha (2008). Lost in Transition: Interpreting the Brazilian Electric Power Privatisation Failure. (ISS Working Papers, General Series, no 457). The Hague: ISS
A. Saith & S. Tankha (1992). Longitudinal Analysis of Structural Change in a North Indian Village: 1970-1987. Some Preliminary Findings. :
A. Saith & S. Tankha (1991). Longitudinal Analysis of Structural Transformation in a North Indian Village 1970-1987. The Hague: ISS
S. Tankha & D. Gasper (2009). Trees and Water - Mainstreaming Environment In The Graduate Policy Analysis Curriculum. APPAM conference: Korea (2009, juni 1).