Dr Indrajit Roy



Indrajit obtained his doctorate in development studies from the University of Oxford. His doctoral dissertation, titled ‘Capable subjects: Power and politics in eastern India’, offered a politicised reading of Amartya Sen’s capability approach.  Since then, he has held the ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). He continues to hold a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford and is also Research Associate at ODID.

Areas of interest

Democracy; societal transitions; social citizenship; political economy; comparative politics; international political economy; poverty and inequality; emerging markets; and development politics.



Indrajit studies democratic deepening and societal transitions with a particular interest on the Global South. His specific research interests lie in studying contests over citizenship in the Rising Powers and other emerging markets, situating these at the interface of political change and social transformation. While his previous research examines the influence of social relations of power and government policy on democratic deepening, he currently focuses on the ways in which political identities and ideas about citizenship shape and are shaped by people on the move (www.livesonthemove.com).  Future research plans include the comparative investigation of governmental responses to burgeoning inequalities in the emerging market economies, focussing specifically on the political factors that shape these responses.


For more details on Indrajit’s research, please see his personal homepage (http://indrajitroy.wixsite.com/indrajitroy/research).



Rising Powers


Politics of the poor

External activities

Editorial duties

Indrajit reviews regularly for academic journals and book publishers. He is also invited to review proposals for research funding bodies such as Economic and Social Research Council. He has been invited to deliver lectures and talks in several universities and organisations across the world. Recent activities include his role as a discussant for a Webinar on Universalisation on Health Care in the Emerging Economies. He was also interviewed by the Indian media to comment on recent policy changes on social policy with far-ranging implications for the rights and entitlements of internal labour migrants in that country.

Two articles in Hindustan Times:

A combination of aspiration and desperation is fuelling migration in India

Goverment panel suggests removal of domicile provision laws relating to work for migrants

Indrajit has previously been invited to discuss the OECD report titled Perspectives on Global Development: International Migration in a Shifting World, held in Paris in January 2016.

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Contact details

Dr Indrajit Roy
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD


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