I am a political economist/political sociologist focusing on labour and class relations. My research analyses processes of accumulation, exploitation, and resistance through a focus on rural-based labour, circular migration, state-society relations, government poverty reduction programmes, pro-labouring class government regulations, and organisations of the labouring class. In other words it assesses how class relations are modified by the state and collective action, and by broader processes of agrarian change and social and economic development.

Areas of teaching, research and PhD supervision: state-society relations; state anti-poverty programmes and social protection; social movements and civil society; labour relations and agrarian change.


Before joining the School of International Development in 2008, I taught International Political Economy and Development Studies at SOAS, and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Mysore in Karnataka, South India. I have also worked at the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and was active in an international social movement network from 1999-2004.

Academic Background

I have an MSc and PhD in Development Studies from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

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