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Katharine Adeney

Professor of Politics and Director of the Asia Research Institute, University of Nottingham

Professor Katharine Adeney is Director of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, and joined the University of Nottingham in 2013, having previously held positions at Sheffield, Balliol College, Oxford and the LSE. She was the founding editor of Asia Dialogue the online journal of the UoN Asia Research Institute, co-editor of the new Palgrave Series on the Politics of South Asia and was previously co-editor of Government and Opposition. She is a member of the REF2021 Sub Panel for Politics and International Relations. You can follow her @katadeney

Her principal research interests include elections and democracy in 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 the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

She has just completed her involvement in the Leverhulme funded project on Continuity and Change in Indian federalism, particularly on the management of ethnic diversity in India over the last 20 years. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Multilevel Federalism in New Delhi and has been a Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Australia National University. She continues to monitor contemporary events in Pakistan, and was Lead Consultant for the Forum of Federations' program in Pakistan which ran between 2009-2011, funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  • 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


  • 2018
    'Current challenges to multinational federalism in India' , Regional and Federal Studies
  • 2017
    'Does ethnofederalism explain the success of Indian federalism?', India Review
  • 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