Swagato studies the formation of associated life, its relationship to nature and capitalism, and antagonisms in this formation. He is interested in understanding the limits of political and governmental interventions which try to transformation this formation. Through these engagements he tries to explain the logics of populist democracy, development and governance, and attempts to theorise egalitarianism.
Swagato was trained in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, UK and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has also managed a community food security project in tribal Odisha and produced documentary films on social issues.
Research topics: sovereignty and state; governmentality and biopower; commodification and financialisation of land and natural resources; everyday dominance, violence and humiliation; subaltern resistance movements; human and property rights; social justice.