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Dr Indrajit Roy

Junior Research Fellow in International Development

Indrajit Roy's dissertation, titled ‘Capable Subjects: Power and Politics in Eastern India’, elaborates a politicized reading of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach. He draws on quantitative and qualitative analysis of ethnographic data from rural eastern India to substantiate his argument. He has been invited to lecture on themes pertaining to development, politics and democracy in India at Lund, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stanford and Berkeley.

Indrajit has published with World Development, Contemporary South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly and Oxford Development Studies. He has a forthcoming paper in Journal of Peasant Studies as well as a few edited volumes. During the Fellowship period, he is developing his doctoral dissertation into a monograph tentatively titled ‘Restive Subjects: The Politics of the Poor in India’. His intellectual interest lies in the ‘political sociology of the transition’ as a part of which which he wants to explore the political imaginations, identities and practices attending to processes of social change. He is involved in several collaborative and individual projects to inform this research focus. He is a member of the ESRC/ ERC-funded Democratic cultures of South Asia research consortium. Other collaborative work includes research on ‘Political subjectivity in neoliberal India’, ‘Beyond Citizenship: Arcadian Spaces of Emancipation’ and ‘Rethinking Resistance: Subalternity and the State in Contemporary India’. He is involved with policy-oriented research as a member of the DFID-funded Effective States Inclusive Development Research Consortium.  He has recently won an award from the International Growth Center on the ‘Changing Face of Internal Circular Migration in Bihar, India’, which he intends to develop into a large-scale comparative project on political remittances conveyed by internal circular migrants in India.

In the long-term, he intends to research social and political transformations in a comparative perspective, building on the Politics of IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) Seminar Series that he co-convened in 2011.

Indrajit completed his first degree in History from Delhi University, and worked for several years as a development practitioner. 

In 2013, Indrajit designed and convened the Optional Module ‘Politics of the Poor’ for MPhil Year 2 students. In the past, he has taught on the MPhil Core Course and the Foundation Course on History and Politics of the Developing World, acting as the co-convener for the latter in 2011. He tutors Oxford undergraduate students taking the Contemporary Politics of South Asia option. In 2011-12, he was Lecturer on the Globalisation, Governance and Development course at the University of Warwick’s Politics and International Studies Department.

Journal Articles and Special Issues

Roy, Indrajit (2014) 'Reserve Labor, Unreserved Politics: Dignified Encroachments under India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme', Journal of Peasant Studies 14 (4): 517-45 (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2013) 'Development as Dignity: Dissensus, Equality and Contentious Politics in Bihar, India', Oxford Development Studies 41 (4): 517-36 (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2013) 'Contesting Consensus, Disputing Inequality: Agonistic Subjectivities in Rural Bihar', South Asia Multidisciplinary Journal (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2011) 'New Lists for Old: (Re-)constructing the Poor in the BPL Census', Economic and Political Weekly 46 (22): 82-91

Roy, Indrajit (2008) 'Civil Society and Governance: (Re-)conceptualizing the Interface', World Development 36 (4): 677-705 (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2006) 'Representation and Development in Urban Peripheries: Reflections on Governance in Ahmedabad Surburbs', Economic and Political Weekly 41 (41)

Roy, Indrajit (with U Pradhan) (2006) 'Pluralism and Civil Society Partnerships: Perspectives from South Asia', Contemporary South Asia 15 (1): 55-74 (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2005) 'Good Governance and the Dilemma of Development: What Lies Beneath?', Socio-Economic Review 3 (1): 83-116 (Download from external site)

Roy, Indrajit (2003) 'Penury Amid Plenty', Himal 16 (7)

Roy, Indrajit (2003) 'Development and its Discontents: Civil Society as the New Lexicon', Development: Journal of Society for International Development 46 (1)

Roy, Indrajit (2002) 'Community, Organization and Representation: Implications for Development', Economic and Political Weekly 37 (35)


Roy, Indrajit (forthcoming) 'Transformative politics: The imaginary of the Mulnibasi in West Bengal'. In Uday Chandra, Geier Heierstad and Kenneth Bo Nielsen (eds) Caste in West Bengal, London: Routledge

Roy, Indrajit (2014) 'Flaunted Transcripts: Shaming Elites and Interrogating Domination'. In Jonathan Parry, Nandini Gooptu (eds) Poverty in India, Social Sciences Press

Other Publications

Roy, Indrajit (with S-J Cooper-Knock, C Kulzer Sacilotto) (eds) (2014) 'Focus on India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA)', QEH Working Paper Series (Download from external site)


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Democratic theory and the capability approach; the politics of the poor; state-society interactions; subjectivity and citizenship; and methodological innovations in interpretive political science.

International Development: increasing well-being and reducing inequality in global society