Academic - Director
Director of South Asian Studies; University Lecturer in the Political Economy and Human Development of India
I began as an economist and then my job titles just got longer and longer.
Academic - Staff
I joined SIAS in October 2011, where I am a researcher on the ESRC/DfID funded project: ‘The Materiality of Rice’, led by Professor Barbara Harriss-White. I am also a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, and convene and lecture the geography MSc elective, Global Environmental Change and Food Security.
Both food and a healthy environment are essential for human existence. Food production at the scale required to feed the present population inevitably damages the environment. This damage is at such a scale to seriously threaten human existence.
Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies
I completed my doctoral studies in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2008. I also undertook a postdoctoral research (2008-2011) in anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. My work, through long-term empirical fieldwork and critical engagement with social theory, develops theoretical and empirical insights into the political economy of poverty, violence and development in India in the context of the growing Maoist insurgency and counterinsurgency.
Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies; Director of Graduate Studies for the MSc in Contemporary India
I trained as a social anthropologist at Edinburgh, UCL and the LSE, and joined the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in Oxford in 2008. My research is based in rural Andhra Pradesh, Southeast India and is primarily concerned with Dalits (earlier known as ‘Untouchables’), especially Dalit women. My work looks at different forms of inequality (caste, class and gender), education, identity, affirmative action and labour relations.
Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies
I joined the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme in October 2010 to become part of a dedicated team of lecturers who teach and run Oxford’s world class MSc in Contemporary India. Our thriving departmental home, the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, is a great place to work because of the breadth and depth of teaching and research across multiple disciplines and regions. Students and researchers alike benefit from the comparative and interdisciplinary discussion and debate that characterises the School’s intellectual culture.
Academic - Affiliate
Senior Research Fellow, Area Studies; Co-ordinator South Asian Research Cluster
I joined SIAS in 2007 but I joined Oxford in 1987 after 7 years teaching social science to medical doctors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My interests are Political economy; agriculture, energy and food; aspects of deprivation; India’s informal capitalism; rural and local development; low carbon transition. I used to teach Indian political economy on the MSc in Contemporary India. (Before that – M Phil in Development Studies: core course, options in gender and development, Indian political economy, health and development, rural development)
Admin - Centre Administrator
South Asian Studies Administrator
I have been working at SIAS since March 2012 where I was initially involved with central School administration and finance. I moved to the role of Administrator for the Contemporary South Asia Studies Programme in August 2013. Here, I am responsible for ensuring that smooth-running of the programme as well as maintaining some of my finance responsibilities.
Prior to joining the University, I have held numerous roles in business administration in both Edinburgh and Norwich.