Lecturer in International Economics
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Research Cluster Member
- Dr Pallavi Roy
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- Term 2 2018/19
Pallavi Roy is a 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.
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.