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Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
Kaveri Gill
Associate Professor,
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Education Details
1998-2003 Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary), Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
1997-1998 M. Phil Development Studies / Economics, University of Cambridge (First Class with Distinction)
1994-1996 Tripos BA Economics (MA), Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge (First Class)
1991-1994 BA (Hons) Economics, University of Delhi
Professional Experience
2014-2016 Chief Economist / Associate, Oxford Policy Management, New Delhi Office

2010-2014 Senior Program Officer, Think Tank Initiative, IDRC Asia Regional Office

2009-2010 Consultant, Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (SPPME), UNICEF India Country Office

2008-2009 Consultant, Programme Evaluation Organisation, Planning Commission, Government of India

2006-2007 Tutor and Fellow in Economics and Development, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

2003-2006 Smuts Research Fellow, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge / Bye-Fellow in Economics and Development, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
Research Interests
The political economy of urbanisation, development, informality and the environment (waste sector focus); Welfare programmes and service delivery in varied social sector spheres (health sector focus); The concept and application of inclusiveness in social sector policy and programmes; The State, development policies and the status of adivasis in mainland India; The political economy of public health policy and practice.

Work experience across South Asia in recent years, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, although research has remained centred on India thus far.
Select Publications

Gill, K. 2010. Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy. Oxford University Press. Paperback and online editions (2012).

Refereed Papers and Reports:

Gill, K. In process. The Intended Commodification of India’s Health Care Services: Public Interest, Policy and Costly Choices. In Desiraju, K., Nagral, S. and Nundy, S. (eds.): Healers or Predators: Health Care Corruption in India. Oxford University Press.

Gill, K. In process. India’s Informal Waste Economy: Poverty, Environment and ‘Development’. In Cullet, P. and Koonan, S. (eds.): Research Handbook on Environment, Law and Poverty. Edward Elgar.

Bhattacharya, R., Bhattacharya, S. and Gill, K. April 2017. The Adivasi Land Question in the Neoliberal Era. In D’Costa, A. P. and Chakraborty, A. (eds.): The Land Question in India Today: State, Dispossession, and Going Beyond Capitalist Transition. Oxford University Press.

Gill, K. 2016b. A Strategic Assessment of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s State Level Technical Assistance in the Health (and Nutrition) Sector in Bihar. Part of an external evaluation of the Bihar Technical Support Programme, pp. 1-109.

Singh, P., Newton-Lewis, T., Saith, R., Singh, P., Kak, M., Gill, K., Tunyi, S., Changkija, N., and Mullen, P. 2016a. Using Research to Inform Policy and Practice: Incentivising Community Management of Health Services in Nagaland. British Medical Journal Global Health 1(Suppl 1): A27-A28 June.

Gill, K. 2015a. Assessing the Inclusiveness of Government Flagship Programmes: The Case of NRHM. In Shiva Kumar, A. K., Rustagi, P. and Subrahmanian, R. (eds.): India’s Children: Essays on Social Policy. Oxford University Press.

Gill, K., Bhattacharya, R. and Bhattacharya, S. 2015b. The Political Economy of Capitalism, ‘Development’ and Resistance: The State and Adivasis of Mainland India. Research Report Commissioned by Oxfam India, pp.1-62. Online Access:

Dandekar, A. and Gill, K. 2014. Democracy and its Inconvenient Questions. Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLIX Number 19, May, pp.133-141.

Gill, K. 2012a. Promoting 'Ínclusiveness': A Framework for Assessing India's Flagship Social Welfare Programmes. Social Policy Working Paper Series - 2, UNICEF India, pp. 1-56. Online Access:

Gill, K. 2012b. Informal Waste Work in Delhi. Special Issue of Seminar magazine, August, pp. 43-46.

Gill, K. 2009. A Primary Evaluation of Service Delivery under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM): Findings from a Study in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Working Paper 1/2009 – PEO, Planning Commission of India, May, pp.1-92. Online Access:

Gill, K. 2007. Interlinked Contracts and Social Power: Patronage and Exploitation in India’s Waste Recovery Market. Journal of Development Studies, Volume 43 Number 8, November, pp.1448-1474.

Gill, K. 2006. Deprived Castes and Privileged Politics: An Urban Informal Market in Contemporary India. Special article, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLI Number 2, January, pp.133-141.
National and International Recognition
2016 - Member, Board of Studies, School of Rural Management, IIHMR University, Jaipur (on-going)

2015 - International Policy Advisory Board Member, University of Sussex Asia Centre (USAC) (on-going)

2014 - Member, External Advisory Committee for Bill and Melinda Gates’ health projects in Bihar

2010-2012 - Chaired panels at a workshop on “Urban India and New Forms of Democratic Politics”, organised by the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU & Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen; at the India-Cambridge Summit, “India in the Global Age”, organised by the University of Cambridge; and the India launch of IDS-Oxfam’s Special Bulletin, “Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India”. Discussant at panels at the Sustainable Development Conference, Social and Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad Pakistan; MDG meeting, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka Bangladesh; STEPS University of Sussex-JNU collaboration on the environment, JNU.

Since 2007 - Based on on-going research, delivered talks at the Centre for Policy Research; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi; IIPH Delhi; South Asia University; Ambedkar University; CSSS Kolkata; Manipur University; World Bank New Delhi; JNU-STEPS collaboration at JNU; JNU-NEISP SSS; NLSIU Bangalore.

2003-2007 - Seminars at Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford; DESTIN, London School of Economics; Manchester University; Durham University; University of East Anglia; School of Oriental and African Studies.

British Academy Small Research Grant Award Holder; Cambridge Political Economy Scholar; Wingate Scholar; Overseas Research Students Award, C.V.C.P in Economics; Cambridge Commonwealth & Malaysian Trust Scholar.

Appointed Referee for Cambridge Journal of Economics; Journal of Development Studies; Oxford University Press; Review of Urban Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly.
Executive Summary
Applying an interdisciplinary and heterodox economics perspective, a common thread links the research I have undertaken in recent years, while formally out of academia and working in the world of development policy and practice. Albeit focused on different sectors, the research collates around my prime interest, of critically interrogating growth and development in India. Specifically, it either (a) assesses public policy decision-making, processes, programmes and practice in social sectors and / or (b) examines the changing nature and role of the State, regulatory frameworks and institutions, from a political economy lens.
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