Department of Development Studies

Dr Subir Sinha

Key information

Department of Development Studies Reader in the Theory and Politics of Development Food Studies Centre Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Member
BA (Delhi); MA, PhD (Northwestern)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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+44(0) 20 7898 4495
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By email appointment


He studied History at the University of Delhi (BA) and Political Science at Northwestern University (MS, PhD), and has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Vermont. His research interests are institutional change, sustainable development, social movements, state-society relations in development, and South Asian politics, with a current focus on decentralised development in India, early postcolonial planning, and on the global fishworkers' movement.

Research interests

Institutions; international institutions; social movements; sustainable development; NGOs; South Asian Politics; development interventions.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Abhishek Bhosale Land For Emancipation: Development with Dignity and Dalit Land Struggle in India
Philip Hadley
Dr Sruthi Herbert
Guanchen Lai Speaking from the village: modes of writing about the village in contemporary Hindi fiction
Mr Manish Maskara Identity of Bihari migrant labour in India's cities
Ananyo Mukherjee Political Economy of ‘Living Labour’: Probing Petty Commodity Production as a space of Social Reproduction in India’s Post-colonial Capitalism
Ms Aruna Pandey Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy
Mr Hashim Rashid The Agrarian Question in West Punjab since 1885: The Politics of the Formation of a New Peasantry
Christian Sowa The Accommodation of Migrants in Berlin: Exploring the City and Urban Transformations (Working Title)
Vidya Venkat India’s Democratic Revolution: The Right to Information and the Anti-Corruption Discourse


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