Vasundhara Jairath 

Vasundhara Jairath 

Assistant Professor 
Education: Ph.D.
Development Studies
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Room No: 218

Research Interests: Social Movements, Development and Displacement, Indigenous Politics, Latin America, Decolonisation of Knowledge

Journal Publications

1. Vasundhara Jairath, "Book Review: Set Adrift: Capitalist transformations and community politics along Mumbai's shore", Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol.57, Issue no.1-2, pp.173-175, ISBN.0069-9667 [2023],

2. Vasundhara Jairath, "Development and the Neo-liberal Agenda", Economic and Political Weekly, vol.56, Issue no.6, pp.10-12, ISBN.00129976 [2021]

3. Vasundhara Jairath, "Environment as Land: Understanding anti-displacement politics in Jharkhand", Journal of Developing Societies, Sage Publications, vol.37, Issue no.2, pp.216-231, ISBN.0169796X [2021]

4. Vasundhara Jairath, "Situating Claim-Making: Land and Adivasi Assertion in Jharkhand", Sociological Bulletin, Sage Publications, vol.69, Issue no.1, pp.51-66, ISBN.0038-0229 [2020], 10.1177/0038022919899017

5. Vasundhara Jairath, "Book Review: Life in Oil: Cofan Survival in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia", Conservation and Society, ATREE, vol.16, Issue no.4, pp.527-528, ISBN.09724923 [2018], 10.4103/cs.cs_18_65

6. Vasundhara Jairath, "Book Review: Staking Claims: The Politics of Social Movements in Contemporary Rural India", Contributions to Indian Sociology, Sage Publications, vol.52, Issue no.2, pp.259-261, ISBN.0069-9667 [2018], 10.1177/0069966718754659

7. Vasundhara Jairath, "Challenging Northern Hegemony: Toward South-South Dialogue in Latin American Studies", LASA Forum, LASA, vol.46, Issue no.1, pp.22-24, ISBN.0890-7218 [2015]

8. Vasundhara Jairath, "Writing Resistance, Revisiting Ruptures", Economic and Political Weekly, vol.45, Issue no.36, pp.75-77, ISBN.0012-9976 [2010]

Book Chapter

1. Vasundhara Jairath, "Caste Power and Land Grab: The case of a solar power plant in Assam" , Transformations and the Politics of Environmental Change in India: Critical engagement of anthropocene , Routledge , [2024]

2. Vasundhara Jairath, "Adivasi Movements in Santal and Munda Regions" , The Indians: Histories of a Civilization , Aleph Book Company , [2023]

3. Vasundhara Jairath, "Conflictos y Resistencias: Energi­a y conflictividad socioambiental en Mexico" , La reivindicacion indi­gena y el movimiento contra la presa La Parota , UAEM, Miguel Ãngel Porra , vol.NA , pp.NA-NA, [2019]


1. Angela Ixkic Bastian Duarte, Vasundhara Jairath, Conflictos y Resistencias: Energía y conflictividad socioambiental en Mexico (Conflicts and Resistance: Energy and environmental conflict in Mexico), UAEM, Miguel Ãngel Porra, vol.NA, Issue no.NA [2019]


1. Vasundhara Jairath, "Farmers' Protests: An Opportune Moment to Review the Development Model of Land Grabbing", The Wire [2020],

2. Vasundhara Jairath, "Land Acquisition and State Policy in India", Ritimo [2018],

3. Vasundhara Jairath, "Understanding Anti-Dispossession Resistance in India: The case of the movement against Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd. in Jharkhand, India", Ritimo [2018],

4. Vasundhara Jairath, Angela Ixkic Bastian Duarte, "Delineating Structures of Dispossession in India and Mexico", Ritimo [2018],

5. Angela Ixkic Bastian Duarte, Vasundhara Jairath, "Anti-Dispossession Movements in India and Mexico", Ritimo [2018],


Political Economy of Land and Development in Assam
Funding Agency : ICSSR
Principal Investigator: Dr. Vasundhara Jairath
Duration/Starting Year: 2022-04-01 to 2024-03-31
Status: Ongoing

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Dispossession and Resistance in India and Mexico
Funding Agency : Ritimo, France
Principal Investigator: Vasundhara Jairath
Co-investigator: Angela Ixkic Bastian Duarte
Duration/Starting Year: 16-12-2016 to 16-12-2017
Status: Completed

Sl.No Name Year Dissertation Title
1 Anindya Basak 2021 Negotiating with Neoliberal Capital: A Case Study of Patharghata, Rajarhat
2 Varsha Priyadarshini 2021 Bargaining Demolitions in the City: A case of Bhubaneswar Slums
3 Samyak Balwant Lohakare 2021 Impact of Drought in Vidarbha Region: A critical study of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan in Wardha district of Maharashtra
4 Shweta Kakkar 2021 The Uncomfortable Question of Caste in Hindu Nationalism
5 MEGNATH CHAKMA 2020 The lack of citizenship status and the impact on the everyday lives of Chakma in Diyun, Arunachal Pradesh
6 Deep jyoti Mahanta 2019 Impact of displacement on agrarian Livelihood: A Case study of 'no 2 salaguri and pahi gaon' villages of sivasagar district of assam
7 Namrata Gogoi 2019 Change in livelihood caused by state led infrastructural project: a case study of dhola sadiya bridge, Assam
8 Ng Sourav Singha 2019
9 Pranab Kr. Pegu 2019 Critically understanding the Need for Big Dams in the North Eastern states of India

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Awards and Achievements

Award Title : Participant in Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI)'s fully-funded summer programme on 'Forced Population Displacements and the Making of the Modern World' at Brown University, Providence, USA in June 2018
2018-03-19 International
Award Title : Inlaks Research Travel Grant for fieldwork in Mexico, March-June 2013
2012-12-30 National
Award Title : Indian Council of Social Science Research Data Collection Abroad Grant for fieldwork in Mexico, July-August 2013
2012-10-15 National
Award Title : Member of Editorial Board of Springer Nature Social Sciences journal, an international multi- and inter-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal serving the broad social sciences community


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Title: Land as Private Property and the Question of Labour: Notes from Assam, India

Name of Conference: Critical Agrarian Studies in the 21st Century

Journal of Peasant Studies, College of Humanities and Development Studies-China Agricultural University, CASAS, Transnational Institute, Beijing, China Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 12, 2023 No.of Partcipants: 200 International
Title: Method and Knowledge Production: A Proposal for Decolonisation in Curriculum

Name of Conference: The Decolonial Turn and the Humanities Curriculum: Prospects, Practice and Interventions

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa Jul 19, 2010 - Jul 19, 2012 International
Title: Indigenous Assertions in the Global South

Name of Conference: Identity Politics Reconsidered

Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam Dec 18, 2005 - Dec 18, 2006 International
Title: Mapping Indigenous Difference in India and Mexico

Name of Conference: Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress

LASA, Barcelona, Spain May 23, 2018 - May 26, 2018 International


Title: Demanding land rights in Assam, India: Private property and its critique from below

Name of Invited Lecture: Land, Labour and the Politics of Development Study Group Webinars

Development Studies Association, UK May 13, 2024 - May 13, 2024 International
Title: Land titling, security and land rights: Contextualising Mission Basundhara in Assam

Name of Invited Lecture: CPS Policy Talks

Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay, Mumbai Apr 10, 2024 - Apr 10, 2024 National
Title: Desocupacoes Forzadas e Resistencia: Experiencias a partir do Sur Global (Forced Displacement and Resistance: Experiences from the Global South)

Name of Invited Lecture: O Instituto Latino-Americano de Economia, Sociedade e Política (ILAESP), UNILA

Universidade Federal da Integracao Latino-Americana, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil Dec 15, 2015 - Dec 15, 2015 International
Title: Land, Identity, Displacement and Development

Name of Invited Lecture: Special Lecture Series

Department of Sociology, Tripura University, Agartala, Tripura Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017 National


Title: Environmental Politics

Name of Workshop: Decolonising Knowledge Production: A dialogue on environmental politics in Assam

IIT Guwahati, Guwahati, India and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, Online Feb 11, 2022 - Feb 12, 2022 No.of Partcipants: 30 International
Title: Development Finance

Name of Workshop: Development Financing in India: Understanding Trends, Institutions and Politics

CFA & HSS, IITG, IIT Guwahati Feb 10, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 No.of Partcipants: 20 National


Title: Visiting Fellow

Name of Others:

Centre for Liberal Education, IIT Bombay, Mumbai Feb 7, 2024 - May 7, 2024 National


Name of Seminar: The Origins of Civilization and Histories of India

International Research Division, India International Centre, New Delhi Jul 26, 2022 - Jul 28, 2022 No.of Partcipants: 25 National


Title: Politics of Land and Dispossession in the Global South

Name of Panel details: Development Studies Association Conference 2024: Social justice and development in a polarising world

SOAS, University of London, London Jun 26, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024 International