nandini Job Title: Advisor
Contact Details:
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.
Tel: +44 (1865) 281800


Nandini Gooptu is the Director of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. Educated in Calcutta and at Cambridge, and trained as a Social Historian, Nandini Gooptu is the author of The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early-Twentieth Century India (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and joint-editor of India and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, Oxford History of the British Empire series, 2012). While her past research has been on colonial India, her current research is concerned with social and political transformation in contemporary India in the wake of economic liberalization. She has published articles on a variety of subjects, including caste and communal politics, urban development, poverty and labour, and social movement of sex workers. She has taught at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. She is the editor of the South Asian Diversity and Plurality book series of Anthem Press and a member of the editorial board of the South Asian History Series. She is one of the assistant editors of Oxford Development Studies.

Areas of Expertise

Urban history, urban development, poverty and politics; politics of the poor, democracy, rights and social movements; globalization, labour and work; caste and religious politics; sectarian and communal conflict; norms, ideas and ideologies in development.

Link to Website

Link to Dr. Gooptu’s profile at Department of International Development, University of Oxford


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