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Oishee Kundu is a post-doctoral researcher at Cardiff University, working at Y Lab, the public services innovation lab in Wales. She is an honorary researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, supporting research on innovative and strategic public procurement.

She finished her PhD at the Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) in 2021. Her thesis is titled "Public procurement and innovation: is defence different?" and builds an updated understanding of defence procurement, particularly its similarities and differences with non-defence public procurement. Her supervisors were Dr Andrew James and Dr John Rigby.


  • 2017-2021: PhD in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. University of Manchester, Manchester.
  • 2015-2017: Masters in International Economic Policy. PSIA-Sciences Po, Paris. Cum Laude.

Concentrations: Defence Economics, South Asia

Mémoire: The Challenges of Defence Procurement in India in the 21st Century (Score: 18/20)

  • 2012-2015: B.A. (Honours) Economics. St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.

Electives: Mathematics, Political Science

Further information

Conferences and Presentations

June 2018: European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation, Paris. Paper- "Public Procurement and Innovation: A Scoping Review"

May 2018: 24th Annual SPRU PhD Forum, University of Sussex, Brighton. PhD proposal- "Public Procurement and Innovation in Defence"

June 2017: 21st Economics and Security Conference, Royal Military Academy Brüssels. Paper- "The Challenges of Defence Procurement in India in the 21st century"

January 2017: PSIA Youth and Leaders Summit, Sciences Po Paris. Introductory speaker- "Migration Crises: Economic and Demographic Dynamics"

December 2014: 11th South Asia Economics Students' Meet, Thimpu. Paper- "Democracy, Trade, and Bilateral Conflict between India and her neighbours"

Other research

Jaffrelot, Christophe; Kundu, Oishee. "Article of faithlessness". The Indian Express. November 7, 2017. (link

A Shred of Evidence on Money Illusion in a Developing Economy. Conducted under the Goutham Krishna Research Fellowship 2014, awarded by the Economics department, St. Stephen's College, Delhi. 


Research interests

public procurement, defence procurement, megaprojects, innovation policy, technological spillovers, transaction cost economics, evolutionary economics, defence economics, international trade, South Asia

My group

Social responsibility

Since September 2017, Oishee has been a ResLife Advisor at Oak House in Fallowfield Campus of the University of Manchester. The RLA is the first point of call for residents and responsible for student welfare in university halls.

During her undergraduate studies in New Delhi, Oishee worked as a volunteer in Éclair- a street schooling initiative that conducted weekly sessions of learning and games for the children living in the slums near the college campus.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Research Associate, Cardiff University

1 Oct 202130 Sept 2023


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