V. Srinivasa Rao is Associate Professor at the Centre of Regional Studies (CRS), School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India. Earlier he was Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) at the University of Hyderabad (2009-17) and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (2007-9) respectively. Prior to this, he undertook research while working with CARE-INDIA on education, health, food security and livelihood activites in the tribal areas of northern Andhra Pradesh on the Sustainable Tribal Empowerment Project (STEP) assisted by the European Union (2002-7). He recently edited the book entitled Adivasi Right and Exclusion in India published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London. He has also published his research findings in peer-reviewed journals including Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration and Indian Journal of Public Administration.