Professor Gurharpal Singh
BSc Econ (London), MA Industrial Relations (Warwick), PhD (London)
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Professor in Inter-Religious Relations and Development
Member, Centre of Jaina Studies
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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Professor Gurharpal Singh is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor in Inter-Religious Relations and Development in the Department of Study of Religions. He is a political scientist who completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the LSE. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of the Religions and Development Research Programme (DFID) and held the Nadir Dinshaw Chair in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. He has also been the C.R.Parekh Chair in Indian politics at the University of Hull.
Professor Singh is a member of the RAE 2014 (sub-panel 27, Area Studies) and the Commissioning Panel of the AHRC and ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme. He was a member of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (2002 -07) and the RAE 2008 (sub-panel 49, Asian Studies).
- Politics, religious studies, development
- Politics of India
- Religions and development in Asia and Africa
- Politics and corruption
- Sikh Studies
- Transnationalism and development
PhD Students supervised
- Heewon Kim, The UPA, Communalism and Post-Conflict Responses (2004-2009).
Professor Singh‘s main research interest is the politics of modern India and Pakistan. He has published widely on the partition of India, religious and ethnic conflict in South Asia, political corruption, and the Indian diaspora (particularly Sikhs in Britain). He is currently working on a volume on Indian democracy in the twenty-first century.
From 2005 to 2011, Professor Singh was the Deputy Director of the Department for International Development (UK) funded research consortium on Religions and Development based in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham (see http://www.rad.bham.ac.uk/index.php?section=1). This research programme was an international research partnership exploring the relationships between several major world religions, development in low-income countries and poverty reduction. It had country partners in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania and had thirteen individual research projects that ranged from religion and governance to the role of faith based organisations in service delivery and post-conflict reconstruction. Professor Singh led the research on three projects: religion, politics and governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania; new forms of religious transnationalism and development initiatives; and the role of faith communities in post-conflict transformation and long term development.
Professor Singh is an editor of Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. He has a special interest in Sikh Studies, the management of religious diversity in the West and multicultural governance in the City of Leicester.
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Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian (2009) The Partition of India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Singh, Gurharpal and Tatla, D.S. (2006) Sikhs in Britain: The making of a community. London: Zed Books.
Singh, Gurharpal (2000) Ethnic conflict in India: a case-study of Punjab. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Singh, Gurharpal (1994) Communism in Punjab: a study of the movement up to 1967. Delhi: Ajanta Publications.
Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal, eds. (2011) New Dimensions of Politics in India: The United Progressive Alliance in Power. London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies, 21)
Singh, Gurharpal and Rex, John, eds. (2004) Governance in multicultural societies. Aldershot: Ashgate. (Research in migration and ethnic relations series)
Singh, Gurharpal and Vertovec, Steve and Parekh, Bhikhu, eds. (2003) Culture and economy in the Indian diaspora. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Transnationalism)
Singh, Gurharpal and Shackle, Christopher and Mandair, A., eds. (2000) Sikh Religion, Culture and Ethnicity. London: Curzon.
Singh, Gurharpal and Talbot, Ian, eds. (1999) Region and partition : Bengal, Punjab and the partition of the subcontinent. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
Singh, Gurharpal and Graham, D. and Gillat, S. and Zavos, J. and Woodhead, L. (2012) 'Religious Minorities: Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.' In: Woodhead, L. and Catto, R., (eds.), Religion and Change in Modern Britain. London: Routledge.
Singh, Gurharpal (2012) 'Religion, Politics and Governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania since Independence: A Comparative Framework.' In: Jodhka, Surinder, (ed.), Democracy, Identity and Citizenship: Interrogating India’s Modernity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Singh, Gurharpal (2012) 'Sikhs and Partition Violence: a Re-evaluation.' In: Talbot, Ian, (ed.), The Independence of India and Pakistan: New Approaches and Reflections. Karachi: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Singh, Gurharpal (2011) 'United Progressive Alliance and Secularism.' In: Saez, Lawrence and Singh, Gurharpal, (eds.), New Dimensions of Politics in India: UPA in Power. London: Routledge, pp. 55-66.
Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'Reassessing “Conventional Wisdom”: Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflict and India as an Ethnic Democracy.' In: Baruah, Sanjib, (ed.), Ethno-nationalist Movements in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 99-119.
Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'Crisis of National Unity: Punjab, Kashmir and the North East.' In: Brass, Paul, (ed.), Handbook of South Asian Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 249-261.
Singh, Gurharpal (2008) 'The Partition of India as State Contraction: Some Unspoken Assumption.' In: Tan, Tan Yong and Kudaisya, Gyanesh, (eds.), Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia. London: Routledge, pp. 85-99.
Singh, Gurharpal (2008) 'The State and Religious Diversity in Post-Independence India.' In: Talbot, Ian, (ed.), The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan, 1947-2000. Karachi: Oxford University Press, pp. 60-77.
Singh, Gurharpal (2013) 'Religious Transnationalism, Development and the Construction of Religious Boundaries: the case of the Dera Sachkhand Ballan and the Ravidass Dharm.' Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs . (Forthcoming)
Singh, Gurharpal (2006) 'Gurdwaras and community-building among British Sikhs.' Contemporary South Asia, 15 (2). pp. 147-164.
Singh, Gurharpal (2003) 'Multiculturalism in Contemporary Britain: Reflections on the “Leicester Model”.' International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 5 (1). pp. 40-54.
Singh, Gurharpal (2011) Religion, Politics and Governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania: an Overview. Working Paper No. 55, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.
Singh, Gurharpal and Simon, Charlene and Tatla, Darshan S. (2010) New Forms of Religious Transnationalism and Development Initiatives: A Case Study of Dera Sant Sarwan Dass, Ballan, Punjab, India. Working Paper No. 52, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.
Singh, Gurharpal and Marquette, Heather and Alhassan, N.A. (2007) Political Science, Religion and Development: A Literature Review. No.7, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK.
Singh, Gurharpal (2010) 'David Cameron’s India Visit.' Total Politics .