Dr Jai Bhatia

Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance

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.

In the media

Journal articles and special issues

Bhatia, Jai (with Palepu, Advait Rao) (2017) 'Circumventing Institutions: Did Chidambaram Subvert the Foreign Investment Promotion Board?', Economic and Political Weekly 52 (24)
Bhatia, Jai (with Advait Rao Palepu) (2016) 'Reliance Jio: Predatory Pricing or Predatory Behaviour?', Economic and Political Weekly 51 (41)


Bhatia, Jai (2019) 'Crime in the Air: Spectrum Markets and the Telecommunications Sector in India'. In Barbara Harriss-White & Lucia Michelutti (eds) The Wild East? Criminal Political Economies across South Asia 140-167 , UCL Press

Working papers

Bhatia, Jai (2021) 'Visual Tour of EXIM Bank’s Lines of Credit', IUKDPF Analysis Paper
Bhatia, Jai (2021) 'Understanding Indian Development Finance: The Data Complexities of EXIM Bank’s Lines of Credit', IUKDPF Analysis paper
Bhatia, Jai (2021) 'Unpacking Indian International Development Financing: EXIM-LoCs and beyond', IUKDPF Analysis Paper
10 Jun, 2020
India’s Financialisation and its Telecommunications Sector. Jai Bhatia and Barbara Harris-White for Le Comité Bastille
26 Mar, 2019
How India’s Telecom Companies Engage in Predatory Pricing Wars. Jai Bhatia writes for Madras Courier
Research interests:

Political economy, international development, global trade, neoliberalism, financialisation in developing countries, environment, climate change, international finance