Dr. Bhaskar Mittra is the Associate Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute and manages operations in India from Mumbai. He has worked extensively on issues of agriculture development, soil and water management, market-based institutions and community-based natural resource conservation. He has published extensively on institutional, economic and ecological aspects of communities living in the forest fringe areas in India. He has been associated with several well-known civil society organizations working at the grassroots level in different parts of India. Prior to joining the TCI, he spent seven years with the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in Mumbai.