I am a political scientist specialising in two distinct but interrelated areas of research: the politics and governance of natural resource use and extraction, and the larger politics of development in the Indian state.

I have worked extensively on the relationship between natural resources and politics, both at the micro and macro levels, mostly in India and the south Asian context, although not exclusively so. I believe that I bring a novel, critical perspective to these areas through an interdisciplinary research approach that is informed by development studies, comparative politics and political ecology. I specialise in the study of extractive regimes and politics.

In my research into the politics of development in India, I strive to understand how development policies come about in a range of subnational political and bureaucratic settings, the types of norms and power relationships that drive them, and the effects they produce. 

I also work on broader issues of citizenship, certification and identity documents, marginalisation and access to state power in India and south Asia. I am especially interested in the problems of undocumented people in the face of harshening citizenship regimes.

I am a part of the Global Environmental Justice research group here at the School of International Development. In my ongoing research, I am engaging with questions of social, environmental and climate justice in two selected areas: long-term disaster recovery, and the future of coal mining peoples and areas given the imperative of a just energy transition.

I have a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am a member of the editorial advisory board of the journal Environmental Politics.


Areas of Ph.D. supervision/postdoctoral mentorship

Political analysis of development and resource use; politics of mineral extraction and extractive regimes; politics of climate change, green energy and hydropower development; just energy transitions and the future of coal; environmental and social justice; long term drivers of disaster recovery; states and welfare provision; citizenship, local politics and identity documents; subnational political analysis of development, political ecology. India/South Asia.






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