Vikas John

Senior Manager - Research | vjohn at iihs dot ac dot in

2006    MS, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
2001    MA, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
1998    BA, St. Josephs Arts and Science College, Bangalore


Countries: India, USA
States: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, New York, Pennsylvania
Cities: Bangalore, Hyderabad, Rochester, Buffalo, Edinboro
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

Vikas’s primary area of work is Higher Education administration. He is involved with the day-to-day processes of the Research Programme at IIHS as well as contributing to designing and achieving the strategic goals of the Programme. He has a background in Communication Studies, both in terms of educational credentials and work experience in the field. His interest lies in the area of educational studies, particularly the experiences of techno scientific knowledge systems as it intersects with the socio-cultural construction of identity. He is interested in research management, research communication, and the social and philosophical foundations of education. Vikas has assisted in several small and large-scale research projects. He was involved with the Ford Foundation funded International Comparative Higher Educational Finance and Accessibility Project, and the Women and Higher Education in Asia project; both housed at the University at Buffalo.


Prior to this, he has worked in the field of communication in various capacities. He gained substantial experience in designing and executing effective messaging across different channels. In addition, his Masters thesis at the Rochester Institute of Technology examined the effectiveness of websites in health communication. Vikas also has a knowledge base in Development Communication, which he specialised in at the University of Hyderabad. There his final project was a documentary film on housing and land tenure rights among the urban poor called ‘Kya aap ghar thodne aayen hain?’ (Have you come to break our homes?) (2001).


Vikas has presented on the issues of educational mobility and the construction of identity at the post graduate level in engineering education at the annual and regional conferences of the Comparative and International Educational Society; and the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. He has also been a member of the American Educational Research Association and was on the student editorial committee for the section on Social and Institutional Analysis of the American Educational Research Journal.

Books/ Book Chapters

  • Surie, A., Goswami, A., Arakali, A., Revi, A., Ravindranath, D., Bhan, G., Anand, G., Balakrishnan, K., Kapoor, N., Sami, N., Vasanth, P., Anand, S., Smitha, M. B., Viswanath, S., Baberwal, S., Mitra, S., Batikar, T., & John, V. (2023). Towards a new urban practice: The urban fellows programme 2016-2022. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • John, V., & Singh, P. (2022, February). Alumni experiences in Planning Education and Beyond: Making sense of the ideals of Equality/Equity. Paper presented at the Future of urban equality: Knowledge, partnerships and pathways in action. Knowledge in action for Urban Equity.
  • John, V., Viswanath, S., Vikrant, M. S., & Lokesh, B. S. (2021). Navigating exclusions within infrastructures of leisure: Visual expressions and examinations of single screen theatre spaces and the lives of their labour force. In S. Oosterlynck, E. Van Wymeersch, F.  Laoukili, M. Van Dam, & K. Boven (Eds.), RC21 Conference Sensing the City : Place, People, Power (p. 36). University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 2012 Engineering identity construction among American domestic and Indian international engineering students in US higher education: A comparative analysis. CIES Conference.
  • 2011 Engineering identity and comparative analysis: A concept paper on inquiry. CIES Easter Regional Conference.
  • 2010 Standards of publishing in the 21st century: Informed reflections from the American Educational Research Journal Social and Institutional Analysis section’s graduate student review group. AERA Conference.