Dr. C. Vinodan is Associate Professor and Director in the School of International Relations and Politics, and Director, Institute for Contemporary Chinese Studies, an area study centre of the University Grants Commission. He previously had taught Political Science at Sree Narayana College, Kollam as well as the Department of Political Science, University of Kerala. He obtained his M.A (II Rank), M.Phil and PhD in Political Science from the University of Kerala. He was awarded the Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2003) by the Claremont Graduate University, California, United States and the US Department of State Fulbright American Studies Institute (FASI) Fellowship in 2000 and subsequently completed a course on foreign policy at the University of Delaware. He has attended numerous courses in International Relations in India and abroad. His areas of specialization and current areas of research and teaching are International Relations, Defence and Strategic Studies, China Studies, South Asian Studies, India’s National Security Challenges, Human Security and Peace Studies; Development Studies, climate change and energy security, local governance and public policy. He completed three research projects of the UGC, Indian Council for Social Science Research and the State Institute for Rural Development. He has successfully guided 6 PhD theses. His research publications include 8 and 45 research papers/ book chapters. His conference papers and invited talks come to around 40. He has also organized 5 international conferences. Dr. Vinodan has associated with the University of Hong Kong, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Harvard University, and the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu. He is also an alumnus of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka. He is an Associate of the Human Security Institute, Canada and Editorial Board Member of its Journal of Human Security, reviewer of the International Journal of Public Policy (UK), reviewer for Routledge, reviewer for the Journal of Challenges in Sustainability (Switzerland) and Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations and the South Asian Journal of Diplomacy, and member of the Editorial Board of the South East Asian Journal of Social and Political Issues (Indonesia)

Email: vinodan.c@gmail.com

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