Sujatha Byravan : Development & Climate Policy
Feb 14 2011
Rising risks along the coast
SEA LEVEL RISE : Rising risks along the coast
A large number of existing and proposed investments along the Tamilnadu coast are at risk from likely changes to sea level in the coming decades. Plans for the future must bear this risk in mind, writes Sujatha Byravan.
Jul 28 2010
Preparing for a tsunami of migration

India cannot afford not to take a proactive approach to migration. In particular, adaptation measures in key sectors are needed to improve resilience and reduce the pressure on migration from climate change, writes Sujatha Byravan.

May 18 2010
Solar Mission: More light needed
The government's focus on solar energy is driven by the need to demonstrate a commitment to renewable energy. But equity too is vital for the success of the National Solar Mission, writes Sujatha Byravan.
Apr 18 2010
Genes can't be patented, says US court
A New York judge rules that trying to patent genetic information cannot be permitted - the first serious setback to the genetic technology industry, which will have implications worldwide, writes Sujatha Byravan.
Mar 27 2010
Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
OPINION : AGRIBUSINESS : Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
Any discussion of GM crops must take place within the larger framework of the indispensable need to promote biodiversity and set up agricultural policies linked to this need, writes Sujatha Byravan.
Dec 10 2009
Predictive testing: A Pandora's box
Once a medical approach is accepted, its use tends to spread across the population and income groups. We therefore need to start preparing for the advance of personalised medicine, writes Sujatha Byravan
Nov 06 2009
Genetic Modification: Where is the science?

The debate in GM plants is deeply suffused by vested interests. In addition to impeding research, companies also exert their influence on review and approval, writes Sujatha Byravan.

Oct 04 2009
Emissions of the rich and famous
In discussions of the travails of the airline industry that have been taking place recently, its detrimental effect on global warming has not come up, writes Sujatha Byravan.
Sep 06 2009
A public, private database
DNA PROFILING : A public, private database
Indian policymakers must take heed and ensure that the DNA profiling system in India has well-guarded limits so that it protects human rights, writes Sujatha Byravan.

Sujatha Byravan works in the broad area of science, technology and development. Her PhD in biology was followed by a training fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in leadership, environment and development, work experience in India, and position as main architect and Fellows Program Director in an international environment and development organization. She was until recently President of a US-based non-profit working on biotechnology policy, advocacy, social justice and education.

She is currently Senior Fellow at IFMR, Chennai, where she focuses on climate change adaptation. She also works independently on biotechnology policy, innovation, gender, and science and sustainability.