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Name: Rajesh Bhattacharya
Position: Associate Professor
Academic Group: Public Policy and Management
Phone No.: +91-33-2467-8300 extn 783
Email: rb@iimcal.ac.in
Academic Background:

2010. Ph.D. (Economics) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA 2001 M.Phil. (Economics), University of Calcutta, India 2000 M.Sc. (Economics), University of Calcutta, India Class 1, Rank 1 1998 B.Sc. (Honours in Economics), Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India

Courses Taught:

Post Graduate Program: Indian Economic and Political History, Indian Business History Fellow Program: Contemporary Indian Political Economy, Theory of Public Policy I


Graduate School Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2004-2005) UGC-NET Junior Research Fellowship

Consulting Interests:

Development Policies 1. Oxfam India―Baseline Survey for an Education Project in Two Districts of Odisha, 2014-15

Work Experience:

Associate Professor (2016 onwards), Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Assistant Professor (2013-2016), Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Assistant Professor (2011-2013), Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi Other: Instructor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Assistant Professor (Lecturer and Senior Lecturer), Jogamaya Devi College, Kolkata; Guest Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta

Current Projects:

1. The Unorganized Non-agricultural Sector in India: Policy History and Contemporary Challenges 2. The state of primary and secondary education in West Bengal: An empirical analysis using DISE Data (with Prof. Sumanta Basu)

Journal Publications:

Journal Articles: 1) [with Ian J. Seda-Irizarry], “Re-centering Class in Critical Theory: A Tribute to Stephen A. Resnick (1938-2013), Review of Radical Political Economics, 2015, 47(4): 669–678 2) [with Amit Basole and Deepankar Basu], “Determinants and Impacts of Subcontracting: Evidence from India's Informal Manufacturing Sector”, International Review of Applied Economics, 2015, 29(3):374–402 3) “The Informal sector: The role of urban Commons”, Yojana, 2014, 58:46-49 4) [with Anirban Mukherjee],”A Critique of Macroeconomics Curriculum in India”, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2013,4(4):352-370 5) [with Kalyan Sanyal] “Bypassing the Squalor: New Towns, Immaterial Labour and Exclusion in Post- Colonial Urbanization”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2011,46 (31): 41-48. 6. [with Kalyan Sanyal] "Beyond the Factory: Globalization, Informalization of Production and the New Locations of Labor”, Economic and Political Weekly,2009, 44 (22): 35-44. Book Reviews: 1. Review of Kamat, Sangeeta, Development Hegemony: NGOs and the State in India, OUP, 2002, in Arthaniti (New Series), 2003, 2(1-2) 2. Review of The Politics of Green Transformation edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell, 2015, DECISION, 2015, 42(2)243-245. Springer 3. Review of India Public Policy Report 2014 by Rajeev Malhotra DECISION, 2014, 41(4): 499-501. Springer 4. Review of The Oxford History of Contemporary Indian Business by Dwijendra Tripathy and Jyoti Jumani, DECISION,2013, 40(3):269-271.Springer Published Report: 1. [with Kaveri Gill and Snehashish Bhattacharya], “The Political Economy of Capitalism, Development and Resistance: The State and Adivasis in India”, Oxfam India, January, 2015. Available at https://www.oxfamindia.org/sites/default/files/WP-Political-economy-of-capitalism-development-and-resistance-state-adivasis-012015_n-EN.pdf Working Paper: 1. Rajesh Bhattacharya (with Ian J. Seda-Irizarry), "Financialization: A Critique of the “Autonomization of Capital” Thesis", Working Paper 2014-01, Department of Economics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY (City University of New York), (2014). Available at http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/files/departments/economics/Final_Draft_Autonomization_Critique.pdf



1. [with Ian J. Seda-Irizary] “Problematizing the Global Economy: Financialization or the “Feudalization” of Capital?”, Plenary Session, 19th Annual Conference of Indian Political Economy Association, Goa University, 4-5 December, 2015 2. [with Amit Basole] “Populist Policies and the Agrarian Question in India”, Second International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management, IIM Calcutta, 15-17 January. 3. [with Prasenjit Sarkhel], "Social Security, Seasonal Migration and Child Education: Evidence from Drought Prone Areas in Western Odisha", IDRC-sponsored international conference on Development-induced Displacement and Migration, Land Acquisition and Resettlement held on 3 and 4 March 2016, at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram 4. “Between Accumulation and Subsistence: The Ambivalence of Informality”, Contemporary Urban Issues Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-21 November,2015 5. “The Problem of Land Acquisition in India: Towards a New Understanding”, 2nd Annual International Conference on Law, Economics and Politics, Oxford, United Kingdom, 14-16 September, 2015 6. [with Kaveri Gill, Plenary Session: “The State and the Adivasis: The Political Economy of Forest Rights”, First South Asian Regional Conference of the Academic Association of Planning, Law and Property Rights (PLPR), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, 1-3 September, 2015. 7. “Illegality, Informality, and Urban Commons in Indian Cities”, Tenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Split, Croatia, 11-14 June, 2015 8. [with Kaveri Gill] "The Political Economy of Capitalism, 'Development' and Resistance: The State and Adivasis in India", Third Azim Premji University International Conference on Law, Public Policy and Governance, 9-10 January,2015 9. [with Snehashish Bhattacharya and Kaveri Gill], “The Adivasis and the State: The Land Question in Scheduled Tribe Policies” , International Conference on 'The Return of The Land Question: Dispossession, Livelihoods and Contestation In India's Capitalist Transition', IDSK, Kolkata, 4-6 March, 2014. 10. [with Amit Basole and Deepankar Basu] "Sub-contracting out of poverty? Empirical evidence from Indian unorganized manufacturing sector". Paper Presented at 39th Annual Eastern Economics Association, May 9-11, 2013, New York, USA 11. [with Anirban Mukherjee] “Encroachment as Redistribution: Optimal Security of Property”, 8th Annual Conference on “Economic Growth and Development”, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. December, 7-19, 2012. 12. [With Ian J. Seda-Irizary] “Making sense of Financialization: Neoliberalism and the Feudalization of Capital” , Eastern Economics Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA, 9-11 March, 2012. Invited Lectures: 1.Invited Lecture titled “The Debate on Land Acquisition in India: A Political Economy Perspective”, Department of Economics, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, 18.11. 2015 2.Invited Lecture titled “Population, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture”, Orientation Programme (No 111), University of Calcutta, 20.8.2015 3.Invited Speaker, Panel on “Managing Critical Resources: Food, Energy and Water – Global Trends”, International Conference on Managing Critical Resources: Food, Energy and Water, IIM Calcutta, April 9-11 2015 4.Invited Speaker, Panel on “Globalization and Labour Market”, UGC-National Seminar, Lalbaba College, Howrah, 21-22 November, 2014. Presentation titled “Non-Industrialization and Structural Transformation of Labor in India” 5. Invited Speaker, Seminar on “Capital and Labor”, Departments of Commerce and Political Science, Serampore College, 25 August, 2014. Presentation titled “Exteriority vs Totality: Capital, Primitive Accumulation and Labor”. 6.Invited Speaker, Panel on “Resource Conflicts and Strategy”, Strategic Management Forum, XVII Annual Convention, IIM Calcutta, 12-14 June, 2014. Presentation titled “The Labour Question in Resource Conflicts” 7.Invited Lecture titled “The Adivasis and the State: The Land question in Scheduled Tribe Policies”, Agro-Economic Research Center, Visva-Bharati University, 3 March, 2014, Shantiniketan, Bolpur 8. Invited Speaker, Panel on “Society, State and Capital: New Challenges in Indian Political Economy”, Annual Conference of the Indian Political Economy Association, University of Hyderabad, 9-10 November, 2013. Presentation titled “Post-Colonial Capitalist Development in India: Critical Reflections”.

Research Interests:

informal economy, urban political economy, social sector policies, planning and Indian economic development, Indian perspectives in social sciences