Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Richard Axelby

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Department of Anthropology and Sociology Senior Researcher Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
BA, MA (Hull), PhD (SOAS)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Richard's doctoral thesis (SOAS 2005) looked at the historical development of forest management in the Indian Himalayas and how nomadic herders responded to changes in the systems of property rights governing access to pasture. In 2014 he returned to the site of his doctoral fieldwork to update the story of agrarian change and document the processes, institutions and forms of identity that shape access to education, government services and labour markets in Himachal Pradesh. Away from the grazing pastures of the Himalayas, Richard's research has taken him to the subterranean basement levels of the British Library tracing colonial scientific records and around the U.K. looking at British identity and history for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Since October 2017 Richard has been an integral member of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People: http:// 


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