Craig Jeffrey works on contemporary Indian society and global development, especially Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalization, and the politics of youth. He has published a large number of books, including "Timepass" (Stanford University Press, 2010), and articles in these areas, sponsored by grants from the British Academy, National Science Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council.
He is currently leading a large international project on the politics of educated unemployed youth in South Asia, sponsored by a major grant from the Economic and Social Research Council and is working on a book on corruption in modern India based upon four years of fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, north India (conducted in Hindi and Urdu since 1995). Other interests include ethnographic writing. Craig Jeffrey also writes regularly for major news and literary journals (especially The Guardian, and Times Literary Supplement) and broadcasts on BBC Radio Four.
He edits the Global Youth book series at Temple University Press and he is on the editorial board of several journals, including Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Geoforum, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Journal of South Asian Development, Journal of South Asian Studies, and Pacific Affairs. Craig Jeffrey's books and articles have been translated into several languages including Hindi, Turkish, and Japanese.