Dr. Himanshu Jha is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Department of political science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany. Jha's most recent research is to explore the processes of institutional change where he examined the evolution of Right to Information Act in India. He broadly engages with institutions, institutional change, the Indian State, Indian politics and bureaucracy. He holds a PhD in Political Science (South Asian Studies) from National University of Singapore (NUS), an M. Phil in Public Policy from the Australian National University, Masters in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Bachelor with Honors in History from University of Delhi. While at the NUS he held distinguished research awards such as the president's fellowship and his doctoral thesis has recently won the prestigious Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and lndustry (SICCI) award for the best PhD dissertation at the National University of Singapore. He has published widely in academic journals, edited books and contributed his views in the popular media. Prior to his academic engagement, he was working in developmental sector in, where he served as the national coordinator of a policy think tank called Social Watch and published numerous policy relevant papers.