Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Lecturer in International Economics
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Pallavi Roy
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Pallavi is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS. Her experience includes political economy research on South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh) using the political settlements approach as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a London-based business and political risk consultancy. Previously she was a senior financial journalist based in India with ten years of experience covering policy, infrastructure and metallic commodities as well as some of the recent landmark political movements against land acquisition for mining and industry in eastern India. Her areas of expertise include the political economy of growth and liberalization in developing countries--especially South Asia, governance and corruption, financing and capability development, mining and metallic commodities markets, Institutional Economics, modern South Asian History.
Pallavi is currently engaged in a DFID-sponsored programme on Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) and is working with a research sub-cluster of state-business relationships. She was part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Agence Française de Développement on determinants of growth across developing economies and the need for incorporating a study of country-specific ‘political settlements’ while framing economic policy. She was also a member of a World Bank financed research project in 2010 that applies the new analytical framework of Nobel Laureate Douglass North on ‘Limited Access Orders’ in developing countries. She was a Researcher in a DFID funded research team in 2009 on Growth and Governance and the need for alternative policy.
She contributes to various organizations like the BBC (for News Hour), Modern Diplomacy and the Infosys Science Foundation blog.
International Economics, MA in Global Diplomacy, Distance Learning
International Economics, MA in International Studies & Diplomacy
Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economics and Legal Perspectives, MA in Globalisation and Multinational Corporations
Pallavi’s research areas include the political economy of growth, governance and liberalization in developing countries, corruption, Institutional Economics, industrial policy, politics of austerity in Europe and the Euro crisis, mining and metallic commodities markets and modern South Asian History. She is a member of the South Asia Institute, Industrial Development and Policy Cluster and the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security at SOAS.
Her PhD research addressed the institutional and political conditions underpinning the growth performance of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu states in India and Pakistan after the introduction of liberalisation policies and in the context of competitive clientelism using the framework of ‘political settlements’. Growth across both countries has been very varied and driven by different factors, sectors and political/institutional arrangements. While the India case studies are more focused on the impact of liberalisation policies on the industrial performance of the states, the Pakistani case study also studies the geo‐political and security concerns of the country and the effects these had on the country’s economic policies.
Book Chapters and Articles
2016 June (forthcoming). ‘Economic growth, the UN and the global South: an unfulfilled promise’, Third World Quarterly.
2014. 'Financing gaps, competitiveness and capabilities: why Bretton Woods a radical rethink' In Plesch, Dan and Weiss, Thomas G, (eds), Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations. Routledge: New York, pp. 160-178.
- 2013. 'India’s Vulnerable Maturity: Experiences of Maharashtra and West Bengal', In North, Douglass and Wallis, John and Webb, Steven and Weingast, Barry, (eds.), In the Shadow of Violence: Politics, Economics and the Problems of Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 198-232.
- 2012. The Evolution of the Political Settlement in Pakistan: A Crisis of Legitimacy and Liberalization. Working Paper for the ‘Institutions and Long-Term Growth’ SOAS-AFD Research Project.
- 2011. Growth in the Time of Clientelism: Tamil Nadu State in India. Working Paper for the ‘Institutions and Long-Term Growth’ SOAS-AFD Research Project.
- 2010. The Political Economy of Authoritarian Growth: A Case Study of Gujarat. Working Paper for the ‘Institutions and Long-Term Growth’ SOAS-AFD Research Project.
'Financing Gaps, Competitiveness and Capabilities: Why Bretton Woods needs a Radical Rethink.'
In: Weiss, Thomas and Plesch, Dan, (eds.),
Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations.
Routledge, pp. 160-178.
'India’s Vulnerable Maturity: Experiences of Maharashtra and West Bengal.'
In: North, Douglass and Wallis, John and Webb, Steven and Weingast, Barry, (eds.),
In the Shadow of Violence: The Problem of Development in Limited Access Societies.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 198-232.
'Economic growth, the UN and the global South:
an unfulfilled promise.'
Third World Quarterly, 37 (7).
'The "Brics Bank": Many Challenges and Many Opportunities.'
Modern Diplomacy [Online].
'In fact, the BRICS bank's challenges are even greater.'
'One size can't fit all.'
Infosys Science Foundation [Online].
Working Papers / Reports
Pakistan A Crisis of Legitimacy and Liberalization 1980-2010.
Tamil Nadu: Growth in the Time of Clientelism.