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I received my PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and work primarily in the domain of political economy of development, with a regional specialisation in India/South Asia. My current research cuts across a wide range opf themes: development politics, state and the market, communism and Marxist political philosophy, land, dispossession, power and cultural identities in contemporary India. I have recently published my first book, titled 'Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India: A Contradictory Manifesto' (Routledge), and also regularly publish in refereed journals. Some of my more recent publications are in premier journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Contemporary South Asia, etc. I was awarded a grant in 2017 by the International Institute of Social Studies (Hague, Netherlands) to work on a collaborative project on the rise of authoritarian populism across the globe, and an internal RPF grant for a project on partisan alignment in India. Apart from English, I am fluent in Bengali and Hindi, and also have a basic knowledge of French and Arabic. I also frequently visit various Indian universities as a guest lecturer.    

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the following domains:

  • Political economy of development
  • Democratic institutions
  • Party-politics
  • Neoliberalism and economic reforms
  • Political anthropology
  • India/South Asia
  • Digital ethics and e-governance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Oct 20061 Apr 2013

Award Date: 1 Apr 2013


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    Das, Ritanjan (Recipient), 17 Jun 2019

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