I am a political sociologist and my primary area of research over the last 10 years has been on the politics of identity, representation and violence in relation to development and governance. I believe that good research should make a social impact and I have taken inspiration from and evolved through connections with academic, practical and policy spheres.
Soon after completing my PhD in International Development from the University of Bath in 2010 I joined BRAC University’s Institute of Governance Studies (now called Institute of Governance and Development) as their Head of Research between 2010-2012. I was steering the IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative programme and during my tenure I led the research team on the publication of the first and very influential State of Cities report on Dhaka. In 2012, I joined the University of Surrey’s Department of Politics where I was engaged with the Centre for Critical Research on International Intervention. I came to the U.K. for the first time in 2001 to study for a Master’s in Gender Studies at the University of Warwick, returned to India to work as a journalist and then a scholarship brought me back to the U.K. in 2004 for an M.Res and Phd in International Development. At present, I am settled in the U.K. but like most cosmopolitan migrants I remain connected with my peers in India, Bangladesh and the rest of South Asia.
Elections to the state legislative assemblies have just got underway in India. Throughout April and May, voters in five of the countrys 29 states will nominate representatives to the countrys Upper House of Parliament. And...