South Asia Working Group


Join us to explore the economic challenges of the South Asian continent, including inclusive growth, urban and regional challenges, development, gender, and more.

Bikram Barman (Institute for Social and Economic Change, India)
Saswata Guha Thakurata (Kanchrapara College, India)
Varsha Gupta (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)



Research themes

  • Climate change and related issues (climate refugees, green investment, etc.)
  • Understanding capitalism: what works and what doesn’t
  • Health inequality and way forward
  • Issues in regional trade, trade agreements and role of globalisation
  • Issues in female workforce participation and discrimination against women
  • Role of AI, automations and disruptions in labour markets

Research questions

  • Which parts of the global economy will continue to globalize, which will de-globalize?
  • How can South Asia prepare for climate risks in a stagnant/slow economic growth environment?
  • What are the innovative ways to tackle health related challenges?
  • How can cooperation be enhanced between developing nations?
  • How to enhance female labour participation in the South Asian Region?
  • What are the challenges of a digitized society?

Projects Planned 

  • Expanding Frontiers of Economic : Evidence from South Asia [Season II]
  • Inclusive Development: Role of Employment and Environment
  • Dissecting Capitalism [Season III]
  • Webinars on Health Inequality
  • India Hub meet-up
  • Doctoral workshop
  • INET-YSI Conference at UC Berkeley [tentative]

Existing partnerships and cooperation 

  • Azim Premji University
  • IIT Tirupati


You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 



The latest updates and announcements, sent out to all working group members via email.
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Book discussion: Boats in a storm [Nov 24, 2023]
Boats in a Storm: Law, Migration and Decolonization in South…
November 23, 2023
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Happening today [October 13, 2023] Webinar by Dr. MR Sharan
Contemplations of an alternative democratic vision for Rural India through…
October 13, 2023
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Upcoming Webinar by MR Sharan [October 13, 2023]
Contemplations of an alternative democratic vision for Rural India through…
October 11, 2023
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