Dr Susanta Kumar Mallick is a dedicated and eager-to-learn researcher, who specializes in right to information in India, (local) governance, public policy, citizenship, development studies (particularly marginalised peoples' development), rural development, social exclusion, and public service delivery. He is currently teaching Political Science at Savitri Women’s College, Bhanjanagar, which is affiliated with Berhampur University, India.
Previously, Susanta was an RTI Fellow with the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in the Government of India. He was selected for Junior and Research Fellow by the University Grant Commission. He completed his Master's degree (MA) in Political Science in 2007 and his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Law and Governance in 2011 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
He also received his PhD degree from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and his thesis was on the "Right to Information and Public Service Delivery in KBK region in Odisha". In his PhD research, he examined the implementation of the RTI Act in Odisha and its impact on improving service delivery for citizens in the KBK region, which encompasses the most backward districts of the state and is among the poorest regions in India.
As a research scholar, he has had the opportunity to participate in various academic conferences and programmes at both national and international levels, including at Brown University (USA), School of Advanced Studies (Slovenia), Ottawa University (Canada), the American University in Cairo (Egypt), Khon Kaen University (Thailand), and the University of Hong Kong, among others. He has published his research work in various publications, including in volumes published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Viva Publications, Mittal Publications, and Axis Publications.