SOAS University of London

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)
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Pallavi Roy
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Lecturer in International Economics

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Industrial Development and Policy

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 and Nigeria, governance and corruption, financing and capability development, mining and metallic commodities markets, Institutional Economics, modern South Asian History.

Pallavi is currently a research director and jointly in charge of research projects, specifically in overall charge of the Nigerian research within the Anti-Corruption Evidence programme, comprising one-third of the £6 million research contract. This is a DFID-funded five-year programme with SOAS as the lead organization in a multi-country consortium, which has been created to do innovative research on tackling corruption and to help develop more effective, evidence-based anti-corruption initiatives by DFID and its partners. The programme focuses on Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania.

She is also 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.

Pallavi Roy Explains the Political Economy of Indian States at IEG Workshop

Presentation on "Growth under Contingent Possibilities in Indian States: The Auto Sector in Tamil Nadu" at an International Workshop on The Politics of Growth and Distribution in India held on 22 March 2017 jointly organised by Effective States and Inclusive Development and Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi, India:



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‚Äźpolitical and security concerns of the country and the effects these had on  the country’s economic policies.



Roy, Pallavi (2016) 'Economic growth, the UN and the global South: an unfulfilled promise'. Third World Quarterly, (37) 7, pp 1284-1297.

Roy, Pallavi (2015) 'The "Brics Bank": Many Challenges and Many Opportunities'. Modern Diplomacy [Online].

Roy, Pallavi (2015) 'In fact, the BRICS bank's challenges are even greater'. Europe's World.

Roy, Pallavi (2015) 'One size can't fit all'. Infosys Science Foundation [Online].

Book Chapters

Roy, Pallavi (2014) '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. Basingstoke: Routledge, pp 160-178.

Roy, Pallavi (2012) '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.

Monographs and Working Papers

Khan, Mushtaq and Andreoni, Antonio and Roy, Pallavi (2019) Illicit Financial Flows: theory and measurement challenges. SOAS University of London: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium Working Paper 06.

Roy, Pallavi and Khan, Mushtaq (2017) Nepal’s Political Settlement and Inclusive Growth: Not Quite Business as Usual. . [Unpublished]

Roy, Pallavi (2017) Anti-Corruption in Nigeria: A political settlements analysis. SOAS University of London: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium Working Paper 02.

Khan, Mushtaq and Andreoni, Antonio and Roy, Pallavi (2016) Anti-Corruption in Adverse Contexts: A Strategic Approach. London: SOAS. [Unpublished]

Roy, Pallavi (2012) Pakistan A Crisis of Legitimacy and Liberalization 1980-2010. London: SOAS.

Roy, Pallavi (2011) Tamil Nadu: Growth in the Time of Clientelism. . [Unpublished]


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