A Narayana is an associate professor in the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He has over two decades of experience in the media, academics and consultancy. With a master’s in Economics from Mangalore University, he started his career as a journalist with the Bangalore-based English daily, Deccan Herald. In 2002, he won the Ford international Fellowship and did his PhD at the Institute of Development Studies (US) in the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, on Information and Communication Technology-based Reforms in Land Governance. After his doctorate, he worked briefly for a UNDP-sponsored project on the role of communication in social research at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. Back in India, he was chosen as the Karnataka State Coordinator for the World Bank’s Land Governance Assessment Framework Project. He was a consultant for the Karnataka Government’s High Power Committee on Restructuring the Governance of Bangalore City. He was also a member of the technical committee constituted by the Election Commission of India to promote electoral literacy in India. He writes in both English and Kannada newspapers and magazines on issues of politics, political economy, and governance. He has been a regular columnist in leading Kannada dailies since 2011. He has written a book in Kannada on the administrative model of former Karnataka Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs, on the invitation of the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Karnataka to mark the centenary celebrations of Devaraj Urs. His ongoing research projects include a study of the last mile delivery problems in governance and a study of emerging vulnerabilities of land rights in India. Earlier, he also worked in Manipal School of Communication, Manipal University, and in the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore. Outside academics and journalism, he is a passionate student of Yakshagana and is the co-founder of a theatre group called TheatreYaksha.