Senior Lecturer in International Economics
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Pallavi Roy
- Email address:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4833
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Academic Support Hours:
- On sabbatical 21/22
- On Sabbatical:
- Term 2 2018/19
Pallavi Roy is a Senior lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS. Her research focus is on the application of institutional economics and in particular the political settlements framework to problems of industrial policy, anti-corruption, commodity markets, the political economy of clientelism, and economic development generally. Her country focus includes the countries of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal) as well as Nigeria and Indonesia.
Pallavi's current academic work on anti-corruption, rent-seeking, industrial policy and economic development is based on years of experience on the ground in developing countries. Before becoming an academic, Pallavi worked for over a decade as a financial journalist at the coalface (literally) in India reporting on the economic conflicts unleashed by land acquisition for mining, for infrastructure development, and more generally the changes in patterns of corruption and rent-seeking as South Asian economies began to achieve growth accelerations and then began to liberalize. She also worked for a London-based risk advisory company that carried out political risk analysis in developing countries. She speaks and writes fluently in Hindi and Bengali and speaks Urdu fluently.
Pallavi was part of the core research team that won the £6 million DFID research contract on Anti-Corruption Evidence for SOAS in 2017 (the SOAS-ACE Research Partnership Consortium) and she is currently research director of the Nigerian research within SOAS-ACE. SOAS leads a consortium of research and private sector partners in the UK, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Tanzania and she handles these relationships to maximize research impact in Nigeria and beyond.
Her work involves applying the political settlements framework for identifying evidence-based and feasible developmental interventions in developing countries. Pallavi’s teaching is closely linked to her research interests, combining theory and practical experience to teach courses like International Economics and Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World
Pallavi is also engaged in another DFID-sponsored research programme on Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) and is working with a research sub-cluster analysing state-business relationships. Earlier, she was part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on the 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 funded research project in 2010 that applied the new analytical framework of Nobel Laureate Douglass North on ‘Limited Access Orders’ and published a paper in a book edited by North. She was also a Researcher in a DFID funded research programme in 2009 on Growth and Governance.
She is a guest lecturer at the International Anti-Corruption Academy and frequently gives public seminars in India and Bangladesh. Apart from research and teaching she contributes to outreach through various organizations like the BBC (for News Hour), Bloomberg, Modern Diplomacy and the UNA-UK as well as conducts briefings for foreign diplomats on South Asia and other areas of her expertise.
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.
Roy, Pallavi and Khan, Mushtaq (2021) 'Digitizing Taxation and Premature Formalization in Developing Countries'. Development and Change, (52) 4, pp 855-877.
Hutchinson, Eleanor and Naher, Nahitun and Roy, Pallavi and McKee, Martin and Mayhew, Susannah and Ahmed, Syed Masud and Balabanova, Dina (2020) 'Targeting anticorruption interventions at the frontline: developmental governance in health systems'. BMJ Global Health, (5) 12, pp 3092.
Khan, Mushtaq and Roy, Pallavi and Matin, Imran and Rabbani, Mehnaz and Chowdhury, Rajiv (2020) 'An Adaptive Governance and Health System Response for the Covid-19 Emergency'. World Development, (137), pp 105213.
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].
Roy, Pallavi (2020) 'The Social Contract from Coal to Renewables: Can the Win-Win also have Losers?'. In: Tongia, Rahul and Sehgal, Anurag, (eds.), Future of Coal in India: Smooth Transition or a Bumpy Road Ahead?. India: Brookings India, Notion Press India.
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.
Khan, Mushtaq and Roy, Pallavi (2020) COVID-19: Locking in Solutions while in Lockdown. London: SOAS-ACE.
Roy, Pallavi and Iwuamadi, Kelechi and Ibrahim, Jibrin (2020) Breaking the cycle of corruption in Nigeria’s electricity sector: a political settlements analysis. London: SOAS-ACE.
Black, Anthony and Roy, Pallavi and El-Haddad, Amirah and Yilmaz, Kamil (2020) The political economy of automotive industry development policy in middle income countries: A comparative analysis of Egypt, India, South Africa and Turkey. Manchester: .
Onyema, Emilia and Roy, Pallavi and Obidairo, Simeon and Ayinla, Seye and Oredola, Habeeb (2019) Anti-corruption agencies as debt recovery agents: the unintended consequences of anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. London: .
Khan, Mushtaq and Roy, Pallavi (2019) Digital identities: a political settlements analysis of asymmetric power and information. London: SOAS-ACE.
Khan, Mushtaq and Andreoni, Antonio and Roy, Pallavi (2019) Anti-corruption in adverse contexts: strategies for improving implementation. London: SOAS-ACE.
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.
Onyema, Emilia and Roy, Pallavi and Oredola, Habeeb and Ayinla, Seye (2018) The EFCC and the politics of (in)effective implementation of Nigeria’s anti-corruption policy. London: Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium.
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]
Roy, Pallavi (2021) Outside/In: Caste and Race: The criminalization of protests.
Khan, Mushtaq and Roy, Pallavi (2020) Rethinking anti-corruption for COVID-19.
Roy, Pallavi (2019) The IMF, World Bank and SDGs.
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