Dr Mihika Chatterjee

Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies

Mihika teaches on the MPhil in Development Studies, and is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her research and teaching are situated within themes and issues that concern the political economy of development, with a regional focus on South Asia. She convenes the History and Politics foundation course on the MPhil programme.

Mihika’s research interests include the political economy of land, politics of rural transitions, and the dynamics of food systems. Her current research project traces the evolution of a planned industrial zone in Western India, focusing on the politics of state-led land dispossession and livelihood transition for farmers and landless labourers. The study speaks to broader themes on the role of the contemporary state and the politics of late industrialisation.

Her past research has focused on anti-poverty policies, including an investigation into the effects of India’s Public Distribution System on household food security and child undernutrition in the Koraput district of Odisha, India. She has been a researcher at the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, where she advised the government of Ho Chi Minh City and UNDP Vietnam on developing the city’s Multidimensional Poverty Measure for tracking poverty and implementing anti-poverty policies. Previously, she worked at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab where she supervised randomised control trials (RCTs) on indoor air pollution and health.

Mihika holds a DPhil and MPhil from the University of Oxford.

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In the media
Land for Industry: State-Society Relations in Agrarian Maharashtra
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The real deal with land deals: consensus building, women's autonomy and individual wellbeing...
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Core Course in Development Studies, History and Politics, Research Methods, Poverty and Human Development

 

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Chatterjee, Mihika (2014) 'An Improved PDS in a “Reviving” State: Food Security in Koraput, Odisha', Economic and Political Weekly XLIX (45) November 8 48-59

Encyclopedia entries

Chatterjee, Mihika (2015) 'Bhutan', Encyclopedia of World Poverty (2nd Edition) London: Sage Publications
Chatterjee, Mihika (2015) 'Economic Definitions of Poverty', Encyclopedia of World Poverty (2nd Edition) London: Sage Publications

Other publications

Chatterjee, Mihika (with S Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2014: An Overview', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
Chatterjee, Mihika (with S Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'Destitution: Who and where are the poorest of the poor?', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
Chatterjee, Mihika (with S Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz) (2014) 'Poverty in Rural and Urban Areas? ', Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative Policy Briefing Oxford: OPHI
13 November, 2014
DPhil Mihika Chatterjee Publishes Article on Food Security in Indian District in Economic and Political Weekly
11 Nov, 2013
'Food Security in India is not Doomed After All'. DPhil Mihika Chatterjee writes for Al Jazeera
Research interests:

land politics, agrarian change, rural labour, poverty