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Jai teaches on the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. She convenes courses on Global Trade and Finance and Global Environment Governance. Her research interests are in political economy, international development, global trade, neoliberalism and financialisation. Her research examines the growing power of finance in emerging economies. More specifically, it examines how financialisation develops with country-specific modalities by exploring the role of public sector banks, private banks, the stock markets, and how political and institutional structures, regulatory processes and state-big business relations produce and reproduce the global neoliberal system of accumulation.
Jai has worked at the University of Cambridge and SOAS University of London. She has a doctorate in international development from SOAS, University of London, and an MSc in South Asian Studies and an MBA from the University of Oxford. She is professionally qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). She has also worked in business and finance in the UK and in India.