Katharine Adeney

Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham

Professor Katharine Adeney is the Director of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her principal research interests include: the countries of South Asia, especially India and Pakistan; ethnic conflict regulation and institutional design; the creation and maintenance of national identities; the politics of federal states, and democratisation in South Asia. She was Lead Consultant for the Forum of Federations' program in Pakistan which ran between 2009-2011, funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is co-editor of the comparative politics journal, Government and Opposition (Cambridge).

Her current research focuses on South Asian politics, in particular in reference to India and Pakistan. She is currently working on three projects.

Her first project concerns 'Continuity and Change in Indian Federalism': a research project funded by a Leverhulme International Network Grant. This project will run from February 2014 until December 2016 and is in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol in the UK and the University of Delhi, Hyderabad University and Burdwan University in India. This research has three strands - inter-governmental relations, ethnic conflict regulation and party systems in India.

Her second project is developing a wider project on Majoritarianism in South Asia, building on her recent article in Representation. As part of this research, she has secured funding from the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area to run a symposium on Majoritarian Nationalism and the rights of non-dominant groups, including the countries of South Asia, and elsewhere.

Her third project focuses on democratisation in Pakistan and the nature of hybrid regimes; buulding on her recent article in Democratization; problematising the current democratic transition, as well as considering its future trajectory. She is currently expanding this research to a wider comparative project on understanding transitions from military regimes, in collaboration with other area/country specialists.

She organised and edited the #indiavotes2014 blog through the Ballots and Bullets blog, has written for The Conversation on the 2014 Indian election and published a piece for Political Insight on India in 2015.

She is author of Federalism and Ethnic Conflict Regulation in India and Pakistan (2007) and Contemporary India (2010) (with Andrew Wyatt). She has also co-edited (with Lawrence Saez), Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism.


  • 2013–present
    Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham
  • 2007–2013
    Associate professor, University of Sheffield
  • 2004–2007
    Assistant Professor, University of Sheffield
  • 2001–2004
    Junior Research Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford


  • 2003 
    London School of Economics, PhD


  • 2015
    'How to understand Pakistan's hybrid regime: the importance of a multidimensional continuum', Democratization
  • 2015
    'A move to majoritarian nationalism? Challenges of representation in South Asia' , Representation
  • 2012
    'A step towards inclusive federalism in Pakistan? The politics of the 18th Amendment' , Publius: The Journal of Federalism
  • 2010
    'Contemporary India', Palgrave
  • 2007
    'Federalism and Ethnic Conflict Regulation in India and Pakistan', Palgrave
  • 2005
    Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism, Routledge

Professional Memberships

  • Political Studies Association