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Vasudha Chhotray

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, University of East Anglia

I am a political scientist interested in the politics and governance of natural resource use and extraction, and the larger politics of development, welfare and citizenship in India. I have worked extensively on the relationship between natural resources and politics, both at the micro and macro levels. I like to understand how development policies come about in a range of different political and bureaucratic settings, the types of norms and power relationships that drive them, and the effects they produce. Much of my recent research is at the comparative subnational level, within India, where exploring the diversity of developmental trajectories across India's states excites me. I also work on broader issues of citizenship, certification and identity documents, marginalisation and access to state power. My work has been published in several leading journals. My monograph ‘The Anti-Politics Machine in India’ was published by Anthem Press, London and New Delhi, in its South Asian Studies series in 2011.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, University of East Anglia


  • 2004 
    School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Ph.D. in Development Studies