Tapan R. Mohanty is the Chairperson of Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology of Law. His doctoral dissertation titled "Culture, Development and Entrepreneurship: A Study of Silk Traders of Chanderi" is a treatise on exploration of the nuances of entrepreneurial dimensions of a traditional craft among the rural artisans of Madhya Pradesh, a community that consists of rural poor (scheduled castes, low class Muslims and impoverished migrants from tribal belts of Madhya Pradesh). His junior research fellowship produced an important work on sociological aspect of ecology is general and sustainable development in particular. During the last few years he has worked extensively in the areas of globalization, tribal development and culture of consumption besides Sociology of Law.
He had four major research projects to his credit on diverse issues like educational management (NUEPA), Bhopal Gas Tragedy (World Bank and MoEF), Engendering Criminal Law (NCW) and Implementation of PCPNDT Act (UNFPA).
He has more than 30 research articles to his credit published in international and national referred journals viz. Curriculum and Teaching, Economic and Political Weekly, Vikalpa to name a few. He has a consistently brilliant academic record that boasts a first class first honours with distinction from Ravenshaw University, UGC National Scholarship, Merit Scholarship from JNU, research fellowship from Ministry of Environment and Forest, doctoral fellowship from ICSSR, national award for essay writing from Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi) and UNFPA etc. He was also a recipient of Erasmus-Mundus Fellowship from the European Union. A widely travelled intellectual he has visited around twelve countries spread across four continents. He is an occasional write in leading English Dailies of the Country and has considerable exposure to electronic media as a subject expert on various social and educational issues.
Dr. Mohanty recently attended a high level meeting on social empowerment of marginalized groups at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Sashtri Bhavan chaired by the Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. As a Member of State Advisory Committee on PCPNDT Act-1994, Dr. Mohanty was part of a deliberation in a meeting Chaired by Hon'ble Minister of Health, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
He is a life member of Indian Sociological Society and Indian Society of Criminology besides being a member of Research Committee on Sociology of Law of International Sociological Association (Madrid, Spain). He is also a member of the Executive Council of NLIU.