The IIHS University will have a research programme, separate and distinct from its academic programme. Established at multiple levels throughout the University and drawing upon both faculty as well as a core group of Research Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates, the Research Programme will create a corpus of India-centric and relevant knowledge in its multiple areas of focus. Thes broad streams are envisaged around the six IIHS interdisciplinary schools, virtual departments and applied research Centres.The Research Programme will undertake theoretical and applied research projects, with the former being undertaken concurrently with academic programme in both Schools and Departments as discussed above. In addition, a number of Centres focusing on applied and sponsored Research will be established depending on faculty interest, donors and sponsors.
The research emphases of are expected to vary across these spaces:
· Schools: will typically host research on long-term and broader questions and set the long term action research agenda for the IIHS
· Departments: will undertake research along narrower disciplinary lines and attract funds for discipline specific research projects.
· Centres: will be theme based, host applied research and will typically emerge organically in response to demand. They will also be the locus of interchange between academic, research and consulting and the advisory programmes of the IIHS.
These Centres could typically be staffed via research appointments, including
a. Post-Doctoral Fellows: Recent PhDs with independent research of their own, or in collaboration with a faculty-led research project
b. Research Fellows: Practitioners with Masters and at least 10 years of experience.
c. Research Associate: Doctoral Candidates, or practitioners with at least 5 years of experience.
Centres will provide the IIHS a flexible instrument to engage with pressing contemporary questions e.g. water, urban renewal or technical innovation in urban systems. They would provide a locus for applied research and knowledge building through partnerships with industry, practitioners, government, regulators, utilities, communities and movements and other specialized research and academic institutions. Centres could have a mix internal and external funding with some focused entirely on funded/ sponsored research.