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Dr Shashi Ratnaker Singh, BSc. M.A. PhD.

Dr Shashi Ratnaker Singh, BSc. M.A. PhD.

Postdoctoral Research Associate



  • 2019- Present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography
  • 2017-2018: Visiting Faculty, Centre for Public Policy, NTPC School of Business, (Delhi) & Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)
  • 2016-2017 (Part Time): Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2010-2012: Associate Fellow & Area Convener, Land Governance, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Social Transformation Division, TERI, Delhi
  • 2009-2010: Associate Fellow, Social Transformation Division, TERI, Delhi
  • 2008-2009: Research Associate, Rural Extension Activity, Action Program Division, TERI, Delhi


  • 2012-2016: PhD, Department of Geography (Affiliated with St John's College), University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 2006-2008: M.A. in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • 2004-2005: Post Graduate Specialization in Environmental Law, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  • 2001-2004: BSc. Environmental Sciences, University of Delhi, New Delhi

Awards and fellowships

  • Governance & Justice Grant, IDRC, Canada (2019-2021)
  • India's Political Economy Fellowship, King's College, London under UKIERI (2014-2015)
  • Phillip Lake Fund and Training Grant (2014) Department of Geography, Cambridge
  • Smuts Memorial Fund (2013) University of Cambridge
  • Dr Manmohan Singh Fellowship (2012) St. John's College, University of Cambridge
  • Shortlisted as 'Subject Expert' and participated in the expert group meetings on the Land Acquisition Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill 2011 organized by Govt. Of India
  • TERI's Roll of Honour (2010), for contribution in the social development projects


Shashi's research interest lies in the 'Political Economy of Land' and he works at the intersection of environment and development issues. He is particularly interested in land and resource governance with focus on large-scale land acquisitions in the global south that has often led to land conflicts.


Journal articles

  • Singh, Shashi (2009) 'People And Public Sphere In India': Social Change Vol.39, Issue 2 pp: 270-280 June 2009, Sage Publication, Delhi
  • Sharma, R. N. & Singh, Shashi (2009) 'Displacement in Singrauli Region: Entitlements and Rehabilitation', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XIV no 51, December 19, 2009.
  • Singh, Shashi & Porwal, Vivek (2011) 'Land Acquisition and Determination of Land Price: A critical appraisal of the existing and proposed normative framework as applied in Singrauli District, Madhya Pradesh', Special Volume (ed.) on Development induced Displacement, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in India, Routledge, London.
  • Singh, Shashi (2019) Corporate Social Responsibility in India- Shifting trend from philanthropy to public policy: A Critical Reflection, (Submitted to Economic and Political Weekly)

Book chapters

  • Singh, Shashi (2017) Political Economy of Land Acquisition and Resource Development in India, Volume (ed) on India's Political Economy, Cambridge University Press
  • Singh, Shashi (Submitted) Land Question and the Development Debate: Special Volume (ed) on Urbanization Trends and Criticality of Urban Land in India, Taylor and Francis, London


  • Forthcoming: Singh, Shashi (2019): Land Acquisition and Resource Development in Contemporary India, Cambridge University Press U.K.

Key conferences and presentations & training

  • Land and Resource Governance Seminar (2017) organised by IDRC Africa, Senegal
  • Land Conflicts in India (2016), Organised by Rights and Resources Initiative, Washington
  • Political Economy of Contemporary Development in India (2014) Organized by Kings College London, UC, Berkeley and IGIDR, Mumbai
  • Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Training for Mining Projects (2013) Organized by Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Land Acquisitions and Development in India (2012), SOAS London, Organized by British Association for South Asian Studies
  • Land Acquisition Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill (2011) IIC Delhi, Organized by World Bank
  • Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation: Planning and Execution (2010) Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad
  • Land Acquisitions, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill, Expert Group Consultation Seminar (2010), Organized by NIRD Hyderabad, Govt. of India
  • Land Acquisition and R&R training workshops organised by Council for Social Development, Delhi (2009)
  • Land Acquisition, R&R and CSR trainings for NTPC and Coal India executives 2014-2018 (Annual Program)
  • Improved Management of Land Acquisition, Mining and CSR projects (2017-18) by NTPC Ltd.