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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr Pallavi Roy

PhD (SOAS), MSc. Globalisation and Development (SOAS), Post Graduate Diploma in Social Communications Media (Sophia Polytechnic, India), BA (Hons.) English, with History and Philosophy (Calcutta, India)


Pallavi Roy
SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Lecturer in International Economics

Industrial Development and Policy

Research Cluster Member

Dr Pallavi Roy
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SOAS, University of London
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Thesis title:
Limits to Learning in the Context of Competitve Clientelism: Case studies from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Pakistan
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PhD Research

The research addresses 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.

PhD Publications

Book Chapters
  • 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.
Working Papers
  • 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.

PhD Conferences

2012. Presented a paper on Pakistan at a conference organized by the Agence Française du Développement (AFD), France based on PhD research
2011. Presented a paper on Tamil Nadu at a conference organized by the Agence Française du Développement (AFD), France based on PhD research.
2010. Presented a paper on Gujarat at a conference organized by the Agence Française du Développement (AFD), France based on PhD research.
2010. Presented a paper on the Indian states of Maharashtra and West Bengal at a World Bank conference as a precursor to the publishing of In the Shadow of Violence: The Problem of Development in Limited Access Societies.  

Professional Experience 

Teaching Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant, SOAS. London: 2010-2013. This position requires me to tutor and assess post graduate students in the International Economics module for the Centre of International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) as well as final year undergraduate students in the Economic Development of South Asia (EDSA) module for the Economics department at SOAS.
Researcher 2010-2012: Part of a multi disciplinary research project funded by AFD on determinants of growth across developing economies and the need for incorporating a study of country-specific ‘political settlements’ while framing economic policy.
2010: Member of a World Bank financed research project applying the new analytical framework of Nobel Laureate Douglass North on ‘Limited Access Orders’ in developing countries.
2009: Researcher in DFID funded research team on Growth and Governance and the need for alternative policy headed by Professor Mushtaq Khan at SOAS.

Associate, Business Intelligence, The Risk Advisory Group. London: 2008 to 2009. Responsible for advising corporate clients on investment decisions based on business, political and economic perceptions of risk, focusing on the Indian sub-continent. The consequences of significant policy changes and concerns in the regions were explained for the benefit of clients who included large trans-national corporations across various sectors, namely, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure and financial services. Also involved in business development activities for the company focusing on the sub continent.
Special Correspondent, Principal Correspondent, Businessworld (One of India’s largest circulating business weeklies belonging to ABP Limited, a major media house in India). Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata: 2004-2007, 1999-2004: Key sectors covered were mining and commodities policy, steel, metal commodities market, power, automobiles, infrastructure and political developments in eastern India. Responsibilities also included frequently managing and coordinating special editorial projects.


Political economy of growth, governance and liberalization in developing countries, Corruption, Institutional Economics, Politics of austerity in Europe and the Euro crisis, Industrial Policy, Mining and metallic commodities markets, Modern South Asian History