The India Institute is home to academic staff who pursue research within multiple social science disciplines, employing a range of research methods. Our research focuses on four broad themes:
- Democracy, the state and political institutions in India
- India’s political economy, including the dynamics of state-capital relations and the politics of poverty reduction
- Indian foreign policy and strategic studies
- Society and economy in India, including the role of caste in structuring social and economic life.
Most of our research is comparative – sub-national and cross-national – in nature. We explore and explain India’s substantial internal diversity, as well as compare India with other countries in South Asia and beyond the region.
Since 2011, we have received over £2.5 million in research funding from the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Commission, Leverhulme Trust, and UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI).