Dr. Jai Bhatia is a political economist with a research focus on South Asia. She is based at Newnham College in the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in political economy, international development, neoliberalism and financialisation. Her current research examines the confluence of development finance and mainstream finance in India and how it has shaped the financial practices of large Indian multinational companies, the growth of financial instruments, the relationships among financial institutions and the challenges it poses to regulatory processes. Her doctoral research demonstrated the India-specific modalities of financialisation through the lens of the Indian telecommunication sector. She has a doctorate degree in international development from SOAS, University of London. She also has an MSc in South Asian Studies and an MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford. She is professionally qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). She has worked in business and finance in the UK and in India. She has taught at SOAS, University of London as a Teaching Fellow and at the University of Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Studies.
Bhatia, Jai (2019) “Crime in the Air: Spectrum Markets and the Telecommunications Sector in India”: The Wild East? Criminal Political Economies across South Asia. Edited by Barbara Harriss-White & Lucia Michelutti. London: University College Press.
Bhatia, Jai and Palepu, Advait Rao (2017), ‘Circumventing Institutions: Did Chidambaram Subvert the Foreign Investment Promotion Board?’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52, Issue number 24, 7 June 2017 and reprinted on The Wire, 23 June 2017,
Bhatia, Jai and Palepu, Advait Rao (2016), ‘Predatory Pricing or Predatory Behaviour? Reliance Jio’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 51, Issue number 41, 8 October 2016.