- MA in Sociology (1986) and Ph. D (1993) (University of Kerala, India)
- Sociology of Science
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Family Studies
- Research Methodology
- Management Studies in South Africa: Exploring the Trajectory in the Apartheid Era and Beyond (Coauthored with S. Ruggunan). Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319996561
- Networks of Communication in South Africa: New Media, New Technolgies: Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
- Sociology in South Africa: Colonial, Apartheid and Democratic Forms Basingstoke, Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-40324-3 (Hb).
- Transforming Science in South Africa: Development, Collaboration and Productivity. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- NGOs in India: A Cross-sectional Study (with KD Gangrade), Indian Reprint. New Delhi: Rawat Publications. ISBN 81-316-0020-3
- Managing Water and Water Users: Experiences from Kerala, (co-editor). University Press of America, Lanham, MD, USA, ISBN 0-7618-25557-6
- NGOs in India: A Cross-sectional Study (co-author), Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. USA, ISBN 0-318-31954-5
- Climbing Up: The Story of Palmyrah Workers’ Development Society (co-author) PWDS, Tamil Nadu, India
- Extension in Higher Education: Evolving New Models, (co-editor), Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, India, ISBN 81-259-0650-9
- Consumption to Consumerism: In the Context of Kerala, Classical Publishing Company, New Delhi., India, ISBN 81-7054-256-X
- Science in Participatory Development, (co-author), Zed Books, London. Also published in India under the title Science for Social Revolution? Achievements and Dilemmas of a Development Movement — The Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad , Vistaar Publications (a division of Sage), New Delhi, India
- Research productivity in science and its relationship to race in South Africa. (coauthored with Mtshali, M. N. G). South African Journal of Science, 116(3/4). https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2020/6838
- A research-inducing environment at a University of Technology in South Africa: Challenges and future prospects (coauthored with Mduduzi Nkosinathi Gladwin Mtshali). Futures, Vol.111, pp.194-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2018.06.017
- Scientific knowledge in South Africa: information trends, patterns and collaboration. Scientometrics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03096-x
- “Africa’s challenges in the OA movement: risks and possibilities” (coauthored with Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, Kwabena Osei Kuffour Adjei, Christopher M. Owusu-Ansah, and Mulubrhan Balehegn). Online Information Review, https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-04-2018-0152
- “The Sovereign State of Zimbabwe and its Resistance to Repressive Neoliberal Democracy. (coauthored with E. Ntini). AFFRIKA: Journal of Politics, Economics and Society, Vol. 8, No.2, pp.101-122
- “The production of science in Africa: An analysis of publications in the science disciplines, 2000–2015.” Scientometrics. Vol. 115, No. 1, pp. 317–349.
- “Sociological research and collaboration in South Africa: Past and present.” International Sociology Reviews, Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 567-586.
- Do types of collaboration change citation? A scientometric analysis of social science publications in South Africa.” Scientometrics. Vol. 111, pp.379–400.
- “Human Resource Management research in South Africa: a bibliometric study of authors and their collaboration patterns.” (co-authored with S. Ruggunan). Journal of Contemporary Management. Vol. 13, pp. 1394-1427.
- Editorial to the special issue on ‘The Family in Transition: A View from South Africa.’ Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 293-295.
- “The family in modern South Africa: Insights from recent research.” (co-authored with M. Makhoba). Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 309-322
- “Scientific networks in the production of knowledge in South Africa.” South African Journal of Science. Vol. 112, Nos. 5/6, pp.1-3. http://www.sajs.co.za/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/SAJS%20112_5-6%20Sooryamoothy_Commentary.pdf
- “Producing information: communication and collaboration in the South African scientific community.” Information, Communication & Society. Vol. 19, No.2, pp. 141-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2015.1047392
- “New Media and Information: For Democratization and Management.” Review Essay.Journal of Third World Studies. Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 365-376.
- Editorial to the special issue on ‘Families in Africa: Some Cases.’ Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. XLVI, No. 1, pp. 1-8.
- “Studies on African Families: In Hindsight.” (co-authored with R. Chetty). Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. XLVI, No. 1, pp. 21-37.
- “Sociological research in South Africa: Post-apartheid trends.” International Sociology. Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 119-133.
- “Internet technology and the epistemic strategies of scientists in post-apartheid South Africa: Race as a decisive factor.” Technology in Society, Vol. 40, pp.73-81.
- “Trends in media and communication studies: Toddlers, media consumption, and development communication. ” Review Essay.International Sociology. Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 81-88.
- ”Publication Productivity and Collaboration of Researchers in South Africa: New Empirical Evidence.” Scientometrics,98:531-545.
- ”Inside the mobile world and outside the Internet.” Review Article.New Media and Society. Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 165-170.
- “Scientific Collaboration in South Africa.” South African Journal of Science. Vol. 109, Nos. 5/6, pp.1-5.
- ” Microcredit, Self Help Groups and NGOs in the Alleviation of Poverty: An Overview.” Social Action, Vol. 63, No.2, pp.165-179.
- “Scientific research in the natural sciences in South Africa: A scientometric study.” South African Journal of Science. Vol. 109, Nos. 7/8, pp.1-11.
- Guest Editor for the special issue on The Indian Family. Journal of Comparative Family Studies,Vol. 43, No.2
- “The Indian Family: The Need for a Revisit.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies,Vol. 43, No.2, pp. 1-11.
- “Collaboration in South African Engineering Research.” South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 18-26.
- “Communication, youth, social change and…” International Sociology. Review essay. Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 604-612. .
- “Scientific publications of engineers in South Africa, 1975-2005.” Scientometrics. Vol. 86, No. 1, 211-226.
- “The visibility of engineering research in South Africa.” South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 1-12.
- “Medical research in South Africa: A scientometric analysis of trends, patterns, productivity and partnership.” Scientometrics. Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 863-885.
- “Scientific publications of engineers in South Africa, 1975-2005.” Scientometrics. DOI 10.1007/s11192-010-0288-3.
- “The internationalization of South African medical Research, 1975-2005.” South African Journal of Science.Vol.106, No.7/8, pp.19-25. DOI: 10.4102/sajs.v106i7/8.321
- “Science and Scientific Collaboration in South Africa: Apartheid and After.” Scientometrics, Vol 84, No. 2, pp,373-390.
- “Can the Centre-Periphery Model Explain Patterns of International Scientific Collaboration among Threshold and Industrialised Countries? The Case of South Africa and Germany.” (with Torben Schubert), Scientometrics. Vol. 83, No. 1, pp.181-203.
- “Mobile Phones: Appropriation, Uses and Consequences” Review essay, New Media and Society. Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 1061-68.
- “Do Types of Collaboration Change Citation? Collaboration and Citation Patterns of South African Science Publications.” Scientometrics. Vol. 81, No. 1, pp.177-193.
- “Collaboration and Publication: How Collaborative are South African Scientists?” Scientometrics. Vol.80, No. 2, pp. 421-441.
- “Untangling the Technology Cluster: The Effects of Mobile Phone and Email Use on the Location of Social Ties.” (with Paige Miller and Wesley Shrum), New Media and Society.Vol. 10, No. 5, pp. 729-749.
- “Untouchability in Modern India.” Review essay, International Sociology.Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 287-97
- “Scientific Collaboration and the Kerala Model: Does the Internet Make a Difference?” (with Marcus Ynalvez, Ricardo B. Duque, and Wesley Shrum), Journal of International Development.Vol. 19, No. 7, pp. 982-96.
- “Behind the Scenes: Making Research Films in Sociology.” International Sociology .Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 549-565
- “Understanding Consumerism in Kerala.” Social Action . Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 1-13.
- “Does the Internet Promote Collaboration and Productivity? Evidence from the Scientific Community in South Africa.” (with Wesley Shrum), Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication . Vol. 12, No. 2.pp. 733-751.
- “The Sample Survey: Persistent Issues and Emergent Trends.” The Indian Journal of Social Work . Vol. 67, No.1 and 2, pp. 45-60
- “Gender and Science in Developing Areas: Has the Internet Reduced Inequality?” (with B Paige Miller, Meredith Anderson, Antony Palackal and Wesley Shrum) Social Science Quarterly . Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 679-89.
- “Collaboration Paradox: Scientific Productivity, the Internet, and Problems of Research in Developing Areas.” Coauthor, Social Studies of Science . Vol. 35, No. 5
- “Microfinance and Women Self-help Groups in Kerala: Loans for Members or Others.” Social Action . Vol. 55, No. 1, Jan-Mar, pp. 55-71
- “Microfinance and Women in Kerala: Is Marital Status a Determinant in Savings and Credit-use?” Sociological Bulletin . Vol. 54, No.1, Jan-Apl. 2005, pp. 59-76
- “When Do Scientists “Adopt” the Internet? Dimensions of Connectivity in Developing Areas.” Coauthor. Scientometrics . Vol. 63, No.1, pp. 39-67
- “Is Kerala Becoming a Knowledge Society? Evidence from the Scientific Community.” coauthor, Sociological Bulletin . Vol. 53, No. 2, May-Aug, pp. 207-21
- “The NGO Sector: Lessons from Kerala.” The Indian Journal of Public Administration . Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Apl-Jun 2002, pp. 165-82
- “Mobilising Rural Poor: Mantrangal of PWDS.” Gandhi Marg , Vol. XXI, No.2, Jul-Sept 2001, pp.193-209
- “Life Cycle: Two NGOs in Rural Development,” co-author. Gandhi Marg, Vol.XXI, No. 4, Jan-Mar, pp.431-45.
- “Political Participation of Women: The Case of Women Councillors in Kerala, India.” (with Renjini.D). Journal of Third World Studies, Spring 2000, Vol. XVII, No.1, pp.45-60.
- “Infrastructure, Academic Standards and Performance: A study of selected schools in Kerala.” New Frontiers in Education, Vol. XXIX, No.2, April-June, pp.173-93.
- “Entering the New Millennium: NGOs in India.” IASSI Quarterly, Vol.XVII, No. 2, Oct-Dec., pp.21-35.
- “Child Labour in Kerala: The working ambience of child labourers in the capital city.” Journal of Third World Studies, Fall 1998, Vol. XV, No.2, pp.31-52.
- “Child Labour in Kerala: Work and Working Conditions of Child Labourers in Three Major Cities.” Social Action, Vol.48, No.1, Jan-Mar., pp.47-57.
- “NGOs in Development: An Overview.” Kerala Sociologist, Vol. XXV, No.1, June, pp.48-63.
- “Voluntary Action in India: A Synoptic View.” (with KD Gangrade) IASSI Quarterly, Vol.XIV, Nos. 3 & 4, Jan-Jun 1996, pp.32-41.
- “The Advent of Consumerism: The Context of a Developing Society – Kerala.” Social Action, Vol.46, No.3, Jul-Sep 1996, pp. 309-24.
- “Self financing Higher Education: The Case of a University.” Kerala Sociologist, Vol.XXIII, Dec. 1995, pp.73-84.
- “Child Rape: Facets of a heinous crime.” (with KD Gangrade and Renjini. D) Social Change, Vol.XXV, Nos. 2 & 3, Jun-Sep 1995, pp.161-76.
- “When Women Lead: Lessons from the Experience of a Women NGO.” review article, co-author, The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. XL, No.4, Oct-Dec 1994, pp. 815-7.
- “Behind Consumerism: An Empirical Study.” Kerala Sociologist, Vol. XXII, No. 2, Dec 1994.
- Cell phone use and Youth Perceptions of Communication in South Africa. In: S. Blair, P.N. Claster and S.M. Claster (Eds.). Technology and Youth: Growing Up in a Digital World. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 19, 71-102. London: Emerald Publishing. ISSN: 1537-4661.
- “Behind the Scenes: Making Research Films in Sociology.” In: Jason Hughes (ed). SAGE Visual Methods. London: Sage Publications
- Kulisy krecenia filmów badawczych wsocjologii, (Polish translation of “Behind the Scenes: Making Research Films in Sociology.” in: Maciej Frackowiak and Krzysztof Olechnicki (eds.) Badania wizualne w dzialaniu. Antologia tekstów. Warszawa. Fundacja Nowej Kultury Bec Zmiana, pp. 177-200.
- ‘ICT and the Kerala Model’ (coauthored with Palackal, Sunderarajan, Kurien, Parayil and Miller). In: Wesley Shrum, Keith R. Benson, Wiebe E. Bijker and Klaus Brunnstein(eds.) Past, Present, and Future of Research in the Information Society. pp. 225-44.London: Springer ISBN: 0-387-32722-3.
- ‘Research Process and Connectivity in the Information Society’ (coauthored with Mbatia, Johnson, Okwach, Schaffer, Smith, Dryden, Hu, Bijker and Shrum).In: Wesley Shrum, Keith R. Benson, Wiebe E. Bijker and Klaus Brunnstein(eds.) Past, Present, and Future of Research in the Information Society.pp 245-70. London: Springer. ISBN: 0-387-32722-3.
- ‘Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).’ In: Thomas M. Leonard (ed). Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Vol. 2, pp.1149-55. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0-415-97663-4.
- ‘Caste Systems.’ In: Thomas M. Leonard (ed). Encyclopedia of the Developing World, Vol. 1, pp.252-6. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0-415-97662-6.
- ‘Fast Dying River Systems: Periyar and Bharathapuzha Basins,’ In R. Sooryamoorthy and Antony Palackal (eds), Managing Water and Water Users: Experiences from Kerala. Pp. 67-78.University Press of America, Lanham, MD, USA. ISBN 0-7618-25557-6.
- ‘Kerala Connections: Will the Internet Affect Science in Developing Areas?’ (with Theresa Davidson and Wesley Shrum). In: Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite, eds. Internet in Everyday Life. pp.496-519.Blackwell: Oxford. ISSN 0-631-23508-6.
- `The Uses, Abuses and Management of Two Major Watersheds in Kerala: The Bharathapuzha and Periyar Systems’ (with Barrie M. Morrison). In: Tony Beck, Pablo Bose and Barrie Morrison (eds). The Cooperative Management of Water Resources in South Asia, pp.267-74. CISAR, University of British Columbia, Canada.
- ‘NGOs in Development: The Case of Kerala, ’(with KD. Gangrade), In: Noorjahan Bava (Ed). NGOs in Development: Theory and Practice, Kanishka Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, pp. 221-254, ISBN 87-7391-177-0.
- “NGOs: Retrospect and Prospect,” (with KD. Gangrade) In: R.B.Jain (Ed) NGOs in Development Perspective, Vivek Prakashan, New Delhi, pp. 27-54, ISBN 87-7004-204-6.
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Awards and Honors
- Prolific Researcher
Selected as one of the Prolific Researchers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011 and 2014.
- Top 30 Researchers
Selected as one of the 30 Top Researchers of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2010.
- NRF Rated Scientist