Mr Md Adil Hossain

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Adil Hossain is a DPhil candidate in International Development at Merton College, University of Oxford, where he holds the Merton-QEH scholarship.

His academic background is multidisciplinary, having received his undergraduate degree in Geography and an MA in Mass Communication from Aligarh Muslim University, India. Thereafter he secured a Commonwealth Scholarship to study another master's degree in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Apart from academics, he had a background in journalism before starting his research at Oxford and previously published political and developmental pieces with many media organisations including Guardian, Scroll, Fair Observer, Sunday Guardian, Catch News, DNA etc.

He was previously known in India due to his Right to Information (RTI) activism and Indian magazine Outlook in 2010 profiled him as one of the top five youth RTI activists in the country.

Honours and Awards

2014-15 Awarded Merton-QEH full scholarship at University of Oxford to pursue DPhil

2012-13 Awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for master’s in UK

2012-13 Selected as a of the first batch of Ambassadors by London University International Partnership programme

2013 Longlisted in Guardian International Development Journalism competition

2010 Profiled as India’s leading ‘young RTI activist’ by Outlook magazine.


In the media
Politics of citizenship and settlement in Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots in...

Adil has a wide range of teaching interests in accordance with his fields of study.

At Oxford University, he is tutoring an undergraduate student from Stanford University in a module on the politics and anthropology of South Asia.

He was previously awarded a Junior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India, qualifying him to teach at Indian universities. Outside Oxford, he has given lectures on transitional justice and communal violence in India at Presidency College, Kolkata and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research Students supervised

Conference papers

Hossain, Md Adil (2016) 'Narrating Death in the Resettlement Colonies of Ahmedabad in the Aftermath of the Gujarat Riots', Paper presented at the XIII South Asia Conference on Dying in South Asia, University of Chicago, IL, USA, 3-4 March
Hossain, Md Adil (2013) 'Transitional justice in Gujarat: Role of democracy and development', Paper presented at Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All Model of 'Transitional Justice’, Bilbao, Spain, 28-30 August


Hossain, Md Adil (forthcoming) 'Review of "Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India" by Tommaso Bobbio', Contemporary South Asia 25 (2)
Hossain, Md Adil (2015) 'Review of "The Song of the Shirt: Cheap Clothes across Continents and Centuties" by Jeremy Seabrook', Biblio XX (3-4)
11 May, 2020
'The biopolitics of pandemic citizenship'.. New article by DPhil Adil Hossain analyses the emergence of a new citizenship regime in India that dehumanises Indian Muslims, especially within the government's Covid-19 rhetoric
01 Jun, 2014
'Gang rapes and political imagination in India'. Adil Hossain writes for Fair Observer
10 Jun, 2013
‘To be young and poor: the crisis of development’. Adil Hossain writes for The Guardian
Research interests:

Transitional justice and development; development as justice; democracy and reconciliation; politics of forgetting; post-conflict development