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Shreya Sinha PhD

Shreya Sinha PhD

Research Associate

Shreya's research interests lie in agrarian political economy, sociology of economic relations, regional development, neoliberalism, and India and South Asia



  • PhD in Development Studies, SOAS University of London, 2018
  • MA in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai 2011
  • BA (Hons.) History, University of Delhi, 2009


I am currently working with Prof. Bhaskar Vira on the TIGR2ESS Programme. I am involved in studying the opportunities and constraints for different stakeholders across geographical regions towards creating sustainable agricultural change in India.

My doctoral work focused on the reconfiguration of agrarian accumulation in India under liberalisation. Framed within critical agrarian political economy, the research investigated the accumulation strategies of capitalist farmers in the north-western state of Punjab. In this, it studied how they negotiated traders and corporate firms across multiple commodity markets, land and credit markets and non-agricultural investment opportunities. The research was significant for the understanding of both contemporary processes of agrarian change in India and the nature of actually existing neoliberalism. I have previously also conducted research on the political economy of livelihoods of indigenous populations in the Western Ghats.



  • Sinha, S. (forthcoming) 'Betting on potatoes: Accumulation in times of agrarian crisis in Punjab, India' Development and Change
  • Sinha, S. 2019. 'Politics of the market: Farmer-trader relations under neoliberalism in Punjab, India' Journal of Agrarian Change, Early View, 1-15;
  • Sinha, S. 2019. 'Is the Aspirational Districts Programme Merely A Political Device?' Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 54, Issue No. 3, 19 Jan.

Book review

  • Sinha, S. 2016. 'Review of 'Mapping India's Capitalism: Old and New Regions', edited by Elisabetta Basile, Barbara Harriss-White and Christine Lutringer, and 'Middle India and Urban–Rural Development: Four Decades of Change', edited by Barbara Harriss-White'. Journal of Agrarian Change 16 (3).

Selected conference papers / invited talks

  • 'Agrarian capital in 21st Century India: Strategies within and outside agriculture', Michigan State University 2018.
  • 'Roundtable on Changing Agrarian Relations and Institutions in Post-Liberalisation India, South Asia', Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison 2018.
  • 'Whose crisis? Investigating agrarian distress and accumulation in Punjab, India', Development Studies Association, Manchester 2018.
  • 'Beyond the Farm: Studying Agriculture in Punjab, India', Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford 2018.
  • 'Researching Agriculture in the 'Rural-urban' Space: Reflections on Fieldwork', Kings' India Institute Graduate Workshop, London 2016.
  • 'Reflections on Unbundling the Food Corporation of India: Production and Procurement in Punjab', BASAS Conference, Cambridge 2016.
  • 'A Web of Intermediaries: Navigating the Paddy Economy in Punjab, India', Association for Asian Studies Conference, Seattle 2016.
  • 'Liberalisation and Accumulation in Indian Agriculture: A Study of Potato Growers in Punjab', IIPPE Conference, Agrarian Change Working Group, Leeds 2015.


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London, 2016-18
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE 2017-18

External activities