In execution of various action research projects and academic programmes, the academy is also constituted the Research Council, with panchayati raj and rural development experts and scholars.

The following is the composition of the Research Council for the years 2017-2020:

Prof. M. Gopinath Reddy - Chairman

Prof. M. Gopinath Reddy is the Professor and Head, Division for Sustainable Development Studies, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. Prof. Gopinath Reddy is a prolific author and researcher in Political Science and Natural Resource Management. His areas of Specialisations are: Decentralised Governance, Institutions and Natural Resource Management, Governance, Poverty Reduction Strategies. He has published a large number of books, research papers and monographs on decentralised governance, livelihood security, sustainable development, watershed management, gram sabha and resettlement and rehabilitation. He is associated with many Universities, Research Institutes and Training Institutes as expert and resource person. He has completed several research projects on local governance and sustainable development, funded by the World Bank, UNDP and ICSSR. He has guided a number of Ph. D. and M.Phil scholars. Prof. Gopinath Reddy is the Project Director of many prestigious research projects on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development.

Dr. D. Sundar Ram - Member-Secretary

Dr. D. Sundar Ram is a social activist and Founder of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, Tirupati; Editor, The Grassroots Governance Journal (TGGJ), Tirupati and Consulting Editor, The American Biographical Institute (ABI), United States of America. He was the Doctoral Fellow and Post-Doctoral Fellow (UGC Research Associate) in Political Science at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati; Parliamentary Fellow at the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, New Delhi; Associate Professor & Head, P.G. Department of Public Administration at S.S. & N. College PG Centre (Acharya Nagarjuna University), and Faculty Member in Political Science and Public Administration and Co-ordinator of NAAC Steering Committee at PNC & KR College (Acharya Nagarjuna University), Narasaraopet, Guntur District (A.P). He is a prolific writer, author, researcher and analyst. He has written extensively on Indian governance and polity, parliamentary studies, electoral reforms, democratic decentralisation, federalism, good governance and state politics, with over 25 books, 153 research papers and 32 talks in All India Radio to his credit.

Prof. K. V. Narayana Rao

Prof. K. V. Narayana Rao is eminent Political Scientist and researcher in India. He was the Deputy Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi; Deputy Director, Centre for Panchayati Raj, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. After his retirement, Prof. Narayana Rao was with the Department of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad as UGC Emeritus Fellow from 1998 to 2000. Prof. Narayana Rao was offered the prestigious J.P. Naik National Fellowship in 2011 by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi in recognition of his significant contribution to Social Sciences. He was with the University of Hyderabad during the Fellowship his work was on ‘Telangana in Andhra Pradesh (1956 – 2014)’.

Prof. S.P. Jain

Prof. S.P. Jain is the Chairman of the Society for Good Governance and Sustainable Development, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). He was the Director of the Centre for Panchayati Raj, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India, Hyderabad and Regional Director, National Institute of Public Co-operation and Child Development, Lucknow. As expert in Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Dr. Jain has associated with Government of India and various State Governments in formulation of District Panchayat plans. He associated with World Bank, UNDP, Ford Foundation and other international funding agencies as Expert and Evaluator. He has published a large number of books and research papers in reputed journals on Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Gram Sabha, Good Governance and Grassroots Planning. He has prepared a number of Modules and Manuals for the Capacity Building and Training Programmes meant for the elected representatives of PRI’s in India. He is associated with many civil society organisations across the country as adviser or expert.

Prof. Mahendra Prasad Singh

Prof. Mahendra Prasad Singh is the Professor of Political Science (Retd.) and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at the Delhi University, Delhi. He has also served as the Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. He studied at Patna University and University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research interests include federalism and democracy, party system, constitutional studies and judicial behavior in Indian and comparative perspective. He is a specialist on Federal Polity and Governance. He has published a large number of books and research papers in reputed referred journals like Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, and World Politics etc. Prof. Singh is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi and the Editor of The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

Prof. Satyanarayana Sangita

Prof. Satyanarayana Sangita is the Visiting Professor, Good Governance and Law at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He has been Professor and Head, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. He is having 36 years research and teaching experience, published a numerous books and research papers and completed 23 research projects (national and international). His areas of Specialisations are: Good Governance and Development, Corruption/Ethics and Development Politics. He was associated with various academic and administrative bodies as Visiting Professor and Expert.

Prof. Yatindra Singh Sisodia

Prof. Yatindra Singh Sisodia is the Director of Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. His areas of interest are: democracy, decentralised governance, electoral politics, tribal issues and developmental issues. He is Editor of Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences and Madhya Pradesh Samajik Vigyan Anushandhan Journal. He is a prolific author and researcher. He has completed 25 research projects for various organisations including Planning Commission, Central Ministries and ICSSR. He has made academic visits to USA under International Visitor’s Leadership Programme in 2010 and UK in 2013 and also made academic visits to South Korea and Malaysia.

Prof. N. Sivanna

Prof. N. Sivanna is Professor, Centre for Political Institutions, Development and Governance at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. His areas of Specialisations are: Decentralisation; Rural and Urban Governance; Development Administration; and Bureaucracy and Development. Prof. Sivanna has published a large number of research books, papers and monograhs on Politics of Exclusion: The Case of Panchayats in South India; Panchayats and Watershed Development; Urban Governance & Organisational Restructuring; The Land Army and Rural Development and Engendering Rural Local Governance in Karnataka. He is associating with the Government of Karnataka, Govt. of India and Ford Foundation, as expert on Decentralised Governance and Watershed Management.

Prof. G. Palanithurai

Prof. G. Palanithurai is the Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, at the Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu. He Specialises in Grassroots Democracy, Decentralised Governance and Development Management. He has 32 years of experience in teaching, research and outreach programmes. He was a Visiting (Guest) Professor in Cologne University, Germany in 2011. He has extensively published a large number of books, articles, monographs, and popular articles in popular dailies in his area of specialisation. His action research activities are supported by the Governments, World Bank and other agencies in India and abroad. He has developed a leadership school in the Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies at the Gandhigram Rural Institute.