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Professor Bina Agarwal, University of Manchester

Visiting Professor at India Institute, September 2017 - September 2020

Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK. Prior to this, she was Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, DelhiUniversity, where she continues to be affiliated. She has held distinguished teaching and research positions at many universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Minnesota (as the Winton Chair), and NYU School of Law.

Agarwal's research covers both theory and empirical analysis. An economist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary and intercountry explorations, her publications include 12 books and 84 academic papers. She writes especially from a political economy and gender perspective on subjects such as property and land rights; environmental governance, sustainable development and collective action; agriculture and food security; poverty; legal change; and intersecting inequalities. Among her well-known works are the  award-winning book, A Field of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 1994), Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Gender Challenges, a 3 volume compendium of her selected papers (Oxford University Press, 2016) 

An original thinker and policy advocate, in 2005, she spearheaded a successful campaign for the amendment of the Hindu Inheritance law in India to make it gender equal. She has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Vice-President of the International Economic Association, and President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. In 2016 she was elected an international member of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei, Italy. She holds honorary doctorates from the ISS, The Hague, and the University of Antwerp. Among her many awards are: The Malcolm Adiseshiah award (2002), Ramesh Chandra award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Agricultural Economics’ (2005), Padma Shri from the President of India (2008), Leontief Prize from Tufts University ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought’ (2010), Officer-Order of agricultural merit by the Government of France (2017), Louis Malassis Prize for ‘Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development’ (2017), and the Balzan Prize (2017).

Jahnavi Phalkey, Visiting Senior Lecturer

Jahnavi Phalkey is a filmmaker and historian of science and technology.  Formerly at the India Institute, she is now the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru.

She has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2013-14) following which she was on secondment to the Science Museum London as external curator (2013-2015).

Jahnavi is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India (2013) and has recently co-edited Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century (2016).  She is on the editorial board for the British Journal for the History of Science and History and Technology.   She is director of the documentary film Cyclotron (2017).

Jahnavi continues to supervise three doctoral candidates at the India Institute.

Akash Raha, Visiting Research Student

Akash Raha is a Charles Wallace fellow and is a visiting research student at King’s College London. He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for English and Cultural Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and teaches at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is currently working on “Cultural Expressions of Student Movements in Contemporary India: A Critical Study”, under the guidance of Professor Saugata Bhaduri and Professor Udaya Kumar. Earlier, he successfully defended his MPhil dissertation in 2014, and was awarded the Fulbright grant in 2013-14. He completed his Master’s Degree in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University.


Akash’s PhD thesis seeks to look into the complex phenomenon surrounding the discourse of student movements, and how it is mobilized using cultural expressions and edifices. The recent student protests and student movements in India are fraught with myriads of obstacles and yet, student movements have changed the dynamics of culture for years to come.

In his research Akash proposes to study the cultural expressions mobilized in the current wave of student movements across India in various educational institutions: Jadavpur University, Film and Television Institute of India, The University of Hyderabad, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Therefore, the primary texts for this research will be manifestations of these cultural expressions in print media, digital media, posters on the walls and performances of slogans and rallies. Moreover, the research seeks to measure these movements vis-à-vis other student movements in India and in the world; to understand how they are different from antecedent movements in terms of generation of cultural expressions and mobilization of mass support.

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