I am a political scientist interested in the politics and governance of natural resource use and extraction, and the larger politics of development, welfare and citizenship in India. I have worked extensively on the relationship between natural resources and politics, both at the micro and macro levels. I like to understand how development policies come about in a range of different political and bureaucratic settings, the types of norms and power relationships that drive them, and the effects they produce. Much of my recent research is at the comparative subnational level, within India, where exploring the diversity of developmental trajectories across India's states excites me. I also work on broader issues of citizenship, certification and identity documents, marginalisation and access to state power.

My work has been published in several peer reviewed journals. My monograph ‘The Anti-Politics Machine in India’ was published by Anthem Press, London and New Delhi, in its South Asian Studies series in 2011. I have recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Contemporary South Asia titled 'Certifications of Citizenship: the history, politics and materiality of identity documents in South Asian states and diasporas'.

My ongoing areas of research include the political analysis of extractive regimes; the political economy of hydropower as green energy; the political prioritisation of welfare programmes; long-term drivers of disaster recovery, all in India/South Asia.


I have a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and an MA and BA in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College at the University of Delhi. I was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manchester before joining UEA in 2007.

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I would welcome Ph.D. applications in the following areas: politics of mineral extraction, climate change and energy politics, hydropower dams and development, governance of natural resources, disasters and recovery, citizenship and local politics, identity documents, states and welfare provision, environmental and social justice, subnational political analysis of development, political ecology. Country/regional expertise: India and South Asia.



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