Pritish Behuria

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My research operates at the intersection of development studies, comparative politics and international political economy. I am a political economist, taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying the challenges associated with late development under 21st Century Globalisation. I completed my PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of Lonon (2015). At SOAS, I worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy. I then worked as an LSE Fellow in The Department of International Development at The London School of Economics and Political Science between 2015 and 2017. In 2017, I won the Hallsworth Research Fellowship and started work at The University of Manchester's Global Development Institute. In 2020, I was appointed as Lecturer in Politics, Governance and Development and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022. I have held honorary positions as a Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Public Policy's Global Economic Governance Programme and the University of Manchester's Effective States and Inclusive Development Reserach Centre. I am also the current Reviews Editor for the Journal of Development Studies. I am the Founder and Convenor of the Politics and Political Economy Study Group at the Development Studies Association, the Founder and Convenor of the Politics and Political Economy Working Group at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes and the Political Economy of Industrial Development group at the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy. I am also the Convenor of the State-Society Relations Group within GDI's Politics, Governance and Management research cluster. 

At GDI, I am the Pathway Lead for the MSc International Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy programme. I convene the Political Analysis of Development Policy course and contribute to a range of courses including Global Political Economy, Industrial Competitiveness, Politics, Governance and Development, Development Fieldwork and Development Fundamentals. In 2020/2021, I was nominated by students for two SEED Outstanding Staff Awards for Academic Advising and Teaching. I was also the External Examiner for the MSc Development Studies programme at SOAS, University of London and the MSc Africa and International Developmentt programme at The University of Edinburgh.

I have four main areas of research. The first examines the contemporary vulnerabilities of macro-level development strategy. Through analysing the politics of financial integration and economic transformation, my work focuses on how contemporary dependent relationsips shape prospects for late development. My research centres analysis of how colonialism and decades of market-led reforms shape contempory poltiical economy challenges. Primary research for this project has focused on Eastern and Southern Africa including Rwanda, Botswana, Mauritius and Ethiopia.

The second project is a study of domestic capitalist classes and state-business relations in African countries, with research conducted in eight countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius. 

The third project links my research on the challenges of promoting economic transformation to a key concern in the 21st century: addressing climate change. Since 2016, I have been researching India's solar energy sector, with several stints of fieldwork in India since then. Building on my recent World Development paper (2020) on India's solar energy sector, my future research examines why industrial policy is so difficult in India's renewable energy sectors.

I welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students on any of these subjects or on global political economy, postcolonial political economy, the politics of economic transformation, state-business relations and industrial policy in Sub-Saharan African or Asian countries.

I have also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations Development Programme and the UK's Department for International Development among others. My research has contributed to work in The Economist, The East African, The Wall Street Journal, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, Le Monde, The Independent (Uganda),  The New Times (Rwanda), Africaisacountry and other online media.

I have been interviewed on several podcasts about my research including Poliko, Conversations, A Correction and Ideas Untrapped.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, PhD Development Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London)

Award Date: 31 Oct 2015

Master of Science, MSc International Politics, School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London)

Award Date: 15 Sept 2010

Bachelor of Science, BSc Journalism and International Studies, Northwestern University

Award Date: 20 Jun 2009

External positions

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Dec 202130 Apr 2022

External Examiner, SOAS University of London

Jul 2021Apr 2022

Researcher, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre

Researcher, Global Economic Governance programme, Blavatnik School of Governance

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General)
  • Political Economy
  • Development
  • Energy
  • Industrial Policy
  • Africa
  • India
  • International Political Economy
  • DT Africa
  • Rwanda
  • Ethiiopia
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Botswana
  • Mauritius
  • Uganda
  • India

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Energy
  • Global Development Institute


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