a) Management of Collectives
Individual rationality and collective irrationality - tragedy of commons; collective action and cooperation; different forms of collective organisations -- self help groups, neighbourhood groups/ community based organisations, cooperative institutions, producers’ organisation and social movements.
b) Agribusiness/ Rural Marketing
Crop production, sorting, grading, aggregation, storage, processing, preservation, distribution and consumption – value chain and its management; local and distant markets, intermediation in the market; commodity trade and markets; market linkages and transactions; marketing with a development focus.
c) Natural Resources Management
Land, water, forests – renewable and non-renewable resources, their usage and implications for production systems, well being; environmental quality, inter-generational equity; climate change.
d) Development Management Human development processes; health, education, other important services.
e) Micro-finance Management
Financial institutions and the poor; inclusiveness in financial services; cash-flow patterns and credit needs of the marginal and poor households; other financial services such as banking, insurance, etc. for the poorer sections.
f) Governance and Livelihoods
Agrarian production system and livelihoods; agriculture and allied activities, non farm occupations; social and market linkages; food security, livelihood security; state and livelihoods – linkages and implications; governance for sustainable livelihoods.
g) Rural Infrastructure and Services Management
Connectivity and communications; housing, sanitation, water supply; post harvest infrastructure; meeting places, market yards; intermediation services across sectors.
h) Public Policy and Non-profit Management
State and policy formations; governance, policy networks, policy determination and implementation; public policy and programme management; non-profit organisations – public and private, non government organisations.