Spatial Empowerment of Society

Livelihood approach is an essential lens on questions of development. Need of the hour is understanding and analyzing the current realities of livelihoods, identifying and filling the gaps in knowledge and seizing the opportunity with spatial decision making. Technology, spatial thinking and innovation plays a critical role in enhancing the lives of, and improve livelihood opportunities for, the poor and marginalized communities in India. Participatory assessment combined with relevant outside information presented to the community provides an understanding of the livelihood situation and an analysis of the information will enable interventions and create action plan.

Spatial enablement can assist to reach goals by visualizing and mapping capital assets, providing an understanding of the impact that vulnerability factors, socio-historical processes, realization of policies set and service delivery institutions have on different areas, in monitoring sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction by highlighting indicators like incomes, access to land, access to basic services, animal and human health, employment, market development and trade flows.


  • Understand relationships between sustainability, livelihoods and technology
  • Understand spatial tool for agencies committed to making a difference for enhancing livelihood
  • Spatial thinking and empowerment at community level for decision making, planning and consumption of resource

Discuss the

  • Livelihood situation – social and economic livelihoods, resource maps, emerging opportunity and institutional analyses
  • Needs for livelihoods enhancement planning and how spatial technology can transform local knowledge into better understanding
  • Participatory approach for integrating data about the livelihoods, the social, and the availability of resources with geographical data
  • Building the livelihoods plan and map the plan onto the spatial system


Dr. Debapriya Dutta, Head /Scientist G, Science for Equity, Empowerment & Development (SEED), Department of Science & Technology
Dr. Debapriya Dutta Head /Scientist G
Science for Equity, Empowerment & Development (SEED)
Department of Science & Technology
Dr. Seema M Parihar, Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
Dr. Seema M Parihar Associate Professor
Kirori Mal College
University of Delhi
Prof. Kaushal Kumar Sharma, Chief Proctor, Jawaharlal Nehru University,
Prof. Kaushal Kumar Sharma Chief Proctor
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr Srini V. Kaveri, Director, CNRS Office in India,  Embassy of France,
Dr Srini V. Kaveri Director, CNRS Office in India
Embassy of France
Dr Olivier Telle, CNRS, Head Scientist of Territorial Dynamics, CSH,
Dr Olivier Telle CNRS, Head Scientist of Territorial Dynamics
Arup Mitra, Professor - Economics, Institute of Economic Growth,
Arup Mitra Professor - Economics
Institute of Economic Growth