I am a senior lecturer in development studies at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, specialising in the political economy of development, with a regional focus on South Asia.   

My main research interest is in the intersectional domain of development politics and inequality in its various forms. My most recent research focuses on urban development and community-making, social production of space, questions of migration and citizenship, and comparative political dynasties. I have also worked extensively on neoliberal globalisation, social welfare, land acquisition and dispossession, and communist politics. I am the author of two books, ‘The Politics of Community-making in New Urban India: Illiberal Spaces, Illiberal Cities’ (co-authored), and ‘Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India: A Contradictory Manifesto’. I have also published extensively in journals such as World Development, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Contemporary South Asia.

I have a PhD in Development Studies (2013) and a MSc in Information Systems (2003) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining my current position, I was at the School of Operations, Systems and People at the University of Portsmouth, where I served as the course leader of the MSc in Digital Business Management programme. I am also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

My primary research interests include:

  • Political economy of development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Urban space and communities 
  • Neoliberalism
  • Citizenship 
  • Migration
  • Communism 
  • India/South Asia

I am available to accept new PhD students

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught a wide range of subjects in my career so far. My current teaching interests primarily involve the following

  • Development economics
  • Political economy
  • History of economic thought
  • Digital development
  • Quantitative methods