Sumita Sindhi

Sumita Sindhi
Sumita Sindhi
Assistant Professor
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Prof. Sumita Sindhi is an Assistant Professor at IIM Sambalpur since March 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in development sector, research and academics. Her interest areas are Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovations and Entrepreneurship.She has developed interdisciplinary acumen combining strategic management and sustainability issues.
She has excellent academic record. She did her FPM (Fellow Programme in Management) from Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB). Her doctoral thesis is titled ‘Stakeholder Influence and Corporate Environmental Responsibility in Mining Companies in Odisha, India’. She holds bachelors and master’s degree in Forestry from a premier university in India.
She has over a decade of experience in inter-disciplinary issues in development sector and works for worthy causes of concern of rural communities.She is an active member of national and international forums on CSR and Sustainable Development. She is skilled at Case Study Methodology,Stakeholder Analysis, CSR design and implementation, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).

6 years into full time academics

  • March 2018 – continued: Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur, Odisha (India)
    Course: Ethics, CSR and Sustainability; Business Sustainability and Creating Shared Value
  • June 2012 – February 2018: KIIT School of Rural Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
    Graduate: Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development, Sustainable Business & Strategies, Innovation in Rural Enterprise and Development, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change & Adaptation, Conflict Resolution in Groups and communities, Engaging Communities in Sustainable Development
  • October – December 2015 - Visiting Faculty at Birla Institute of Management & Technology (BIMTECH), Bhubaneswar.
    Graduate: Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • January 2012 – June 2012 - Guest faculty at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Orissa.
    Graduate: Environmental Law

Journal Articles

  • Choudhury, P. R., Sindhi, S., & Ghosh, R. (2022). Land Tenure Informalities and the Pandemic. Economic & Political Weekly. Vol. LVII, No. 20

  • Nandi, S., Nandi, M., Sindhi, S. (2022). Does the concept of “creating shared value” makes sense for multinational firms? Society and Business Review. DOI 10.1108/SBR-02-2022-0049  

  • Tripathi, A. & Sindhi, S. (2020). Drought, Heat Waves and Agricultural Adaptations: An Historical Account from India. Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. LV, No. 26 & 27, pp 5 – 12 (B in ABDC).

  • Shailendra P., Aeron, P., Gupta, P.,  Mahapatra, D., Parida, R.,  Rosner, R., Sindhi, S. (2018). Online Education: Worldwide Status, Challenges, Trends, and Implications, Journal of Global Information Technology Management. Vol. 21 (4), 233-241. (B ranked in ABDC).

  • Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P.R. (2018). Spring Health's Tryst: Selling Safe Drinking Water. Asian Case Research Journal. Vol. 22 (2), 1-19. (C ranked in ABDC).
  • Choudhury, P R.& Sindhi, S. (2017). Understanding ecosystem of drought framework to improve drought resilience of small farmer agro-ecosystem. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52 (32), pp 41-46 (B ranked journal in ABDC)
  • Majumdar, A., Sindhi, S., Naik, A.K., Mishra, S.N.(2017). Sustainable Agriculture Income: A restorative factor to arrest migration from rural to urban centers. Workshop Proceedings titled Envisioning Sustainability for New Age Businesses at ASTHA School of Management, Bhubaneswar. ISBN – 978-93-5281-513-5.
  • Sindhi, S., Kumar, N. (2012). Corporate environmental responsibility - transitional and evolving. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 23 (6), pp. 640 – 657 (C ranked in ABDC)
  • Sindhi, S. (2009). Research and Technology for Development: Mapping the Context of Agriculture Policy of Orissa, 2008. Research World - Innovations in Management Related Research, Vol. 6
  • Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P. R. (2003). Transforming lives and landscapes: Agroforestry Practices in the tribal uplands of the Eastern Ghats. Wasteland News. XVIII (3) 24-33. New Delhi, India. ISSN: 0970 9762
  • Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P. R. (2003). NTFP certification: Possibilities Galore.  Community Forestry 3 (1) 24-28, Bhubaneswar, India

  • Sindhi, S. Chauhan N S, Choudhury P R (2003) Ethnobotanical studies in villages around Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh. Journal of NTFP, 10(1/2):90-96, Dehradun, India

Book Chapters:


  • Mahapatra, D., Sindhi, S., and Tripathy, A., (2020)India’s Renewables Commitments: A Political Risk Assessment. In Nandakumar Janardhanan and Vaibhav Chaturvedi, eds., Renewable Energy in Asia: Governance, Policies, and Politics; Palgrave MacMillan (Accepted for publication)

  • Choudhury, P. R., Ghosh, R. & Sindhi, S. (2020). Covid-19, Crisis, Pandemic Resilience and Linkages to Land: An Exposition. Working Paper No. 2020-05-01 (May 2020), IIM Ahmedabad. 

  • Sindhi, S., Padhy, M. & Maurya, U (2018). Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Image Resurrection: Cases of Mining Firms in Odisha. In Adhikari, A. (Ed.) Strategic Marketing Issues in Emerging Markets. Springer, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-10-6505-7
  • Sindhi, S. (2018). Culture as a tool to foster behaviour for sustainable development. In B.L. Mawlong& C.R. Lyngdoh (Ed.) Culture and Sustainability: A Value-based Approach to Development. Synergy Books India, New Delhi. ISBN – 978-93-82059
  • Sindhi, S., Maurya, U. K & Shukla, M.K, (2014). Analyzing Capacity Development Approaches in CSR Implementation and their Societal Impact. InS.Ray, and Siva Raju, S. (Ed.) Implementing Corporate Social Responsibility: An Indian Perspective. Springer, New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-322-1652-0



Business practices, CSR, and Pandemic: Acceptance and Adaptation

CSR in Post Covid -19

Conference papers:


Sindhi, S. (2020). Natural resource governance – Case of DMF, Odisha. 4th India Land Development International Conference at New Delhi from 2 – 4 March 2020

Sindhi, S. & Parida, R. (2019). Sustainable Smart Village: Design Thinking Approach. XIIIth ISDSI Conference at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) from 28 – 30 December 2019.

Tripathi, A. & Sindhi, S. (2019). Drought, Heat Waves and Agricultural Adaptations: An Historical Account from India. XIIIth ISDSI Conference at Bhubaneswar (Odisha) from 28 – 30 December 2019.

Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P.R. (2019). Can Commons, Community and Corporate Co-exist? Exploring potential of sustainability strategies and land tenure standards in context of extractive industry. XVII Biennial IASC Conference on ‘In Defense of Commons: Challenges, Innovation and Action at Lima, Peru from 1-5 July 2019

Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P.R. (2017). Adaptive Co-management of Medicinal Plant based Socio-Ecological System: An Analysis. XVI Biennial IASC Conference on ‘Practice in Commons’ at University of Utrecht, Netherlands from 10-14 July 2017.

Sindhi, S. (2016). Culture as a tool to foster behavior for sustainable development. International colloquium by International Centre for North-East Studies on ‘Value Based Approach to Sustainable Development at Shillong from 15-17 November 2016.

Sindhi, S. & Choudhury, P.R. (2015). Responsible mining – People’s participation and technology. World Bank Conference on ‘Land & Poverty’ at Washington DC from 24-26 March 2015.

Sindhi, S. (2014). What drives corporate environmental responsibility – Case of mining company in Odisha, India. Paper presented at ISEE Conference on ‘Well Being and Equity in Planetary Boundaries’ at Reykjavik, Iceland from 13-17 August 2014

Sindhi, S. & Kumar, N. (2011). Corporate environmental responsibility – transitional and evolving. Paper presented at CSR and Sustainable Development symposium. Organized by London Metropolitan University, 19-20 April, 2011 at London.

Sindhi, S. (2010). Fostering behaviours and innovations for sustainable development. Paper presented at International Conference on Demography Culture and Marketing held at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar from December 14-16, 2010.

Sindhi, S., Padhi, M. & Maurya, U.K. (2010). Corporate social responsibility and corporate image resurrection: Cases of mining firms in Odisha. Paper presented at International Conference on Demography Culture and Marketing held at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar from December 14-16, 2010.

Sindhi, S. & Kumar, N. (2010). A Theoretical Framework to study Trajectory of Corporate Environmental Responsibility in developing country context. Paper presented at Conference by International Society of Ecological Economics. 22-25 August, 2010 at Oldenberg, Germany.

Sindhi, S. (2010). Assessing determinants of proactive corporate environmental responsibility: role of globalization. Paper presented at Excellence in Research and Education Conference at IIM- Indore, May 14-17, 2010

Muynck A, Naik D N & Sindhi S. (2005). Side Effects of First Line Anti Tb Drugs. Presented paper at 32nd Conference of International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, to be held at Paris, France during 18-22 October, 2005

Choudhury P R & Sindhi, S. (2004) The Common’s Path to Equity: Experience of a Tribal Hilly Watershed in Eastern India. World Bank workshop on 'Gainers and Losers from Natural Resource Management in Watershed Projects' New Delhi, April 2004

Chauhan, N S & Sindhi, S. (1996) Choice of species for land reclamation. Paper presented in International workshop (IUFRO sponsored) on Nursery Technologies for Stress sites, Solan.


Reported Seminars published in Research World, Vol. 5, 2008


-       On Entering Doctoral Research (Seminar leader – Dr. Jacob D Vakkayil)

-       Understanding Research & Theory Development (Seminar leader – Dr. Anand Agarwal)

The Road Less Taken: The Trials and Travails of a Doctoral Journey (Seminar leader – Dr. Manish Singhal)    


  • ICSSR Research Project on ‘Culture and Environmental Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Culture in Sustainability in Meghalaya and Odisha’
  • World Bank Research Project on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Sept 2014 – Sept 2015)
  • Best Practices documentation for Orissa Forestry Sector Development Project (September 2014 – March 2015)
  • World Bank study on Land Governance Assessment Framework (Sept 2013 – Mar 2014)
  • Evaluation of Community Development works in OFSDP Project in 14 Divisions in Odisha (Sept 2013 – Dec 2013)
  • Feasibility study on ‘Establishment of mango hub at Dhenkanal’ in Odisha (Oct 2012 – Feb2013)

Management Development Programmes (MDPs)


  • Conducted 3 training programmes on ‘Sustainable Development’ for Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, Odisha
  • Resource person in an MDP on ‘Stakeholder Analysis’ conducted for MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
  • Coordinator and resource person for two subsequent MDPs on ‘Making multi-stakeholder partnerships work’ and ‘Convergence in OFSDP’ for Forest Department personnel.


Independent Research Studies:


Study on ‘Gendered implications of mining in Odisha’ with Human Development Foundation, Bhubaneswar. Four different mine sites and four different minerals are selected to mark the livelihood and health impact of mining on women.


Conducted study on ‘CSR in mining companies in Orissa’ for Delhi based organization Partners in Change, New Delhi. This was an attempt to study the ongoing CSR activities by mining firms and how these can be improved with inputs from stakeholders, especially NGO – industry collaboration.


Conducted study on ‘Coping with Complexity: Mapping Sustainable Agriculture in Orissa using the RTD Framework’. Guided by Prof. Shambu Prasad (XIMB) and Prof. Weibe Bijker (Maastricht University, Netherlands). The findings were disseminated through a one-day workshop conducted at XIMB


Conducted study on ‘Engendering Agriculture Policy of Odisha’ for ActionAid. The study tried to detail the role of women in agriculture and their alienation from the agriculture policies and practices.


Conducted study on ‘Grain Banks in Malkangiri and Koraput districts’ as part of evaluation study of DANIDA project in Malkangiri and Koraput.