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Dr Shreya Sinha

Areas of interest

  • Agrarian political economy
  • Critical development theory
  • Political ecology
  • Geographies of production

One area of Dr Sinha's research is on the impact of economic liberalization of India on trajectories of agrarian change, with a focus on capital accumulation, commodity markets, labour relations and state policy. She undertaken this research through multiple rounds of multi-sited and mixed-method fieldwork in the north Indian state of Punjab. 
Another area of her research is sustainable agriculture and food systems. This has been undertaken with academic and civil society partners across the UK and India as part of the GCRF-funded TIGR2ESS project at the University of Cambridge. Focusing on three agro-ecological regions of India, this work has focused on questions of environmental degradation, rural outmigration and the role of women in agriculture.


Shreya is an interdisciplinary researcher drawing on debates across Development Studies and Human Geography to study the political economy and political ecology of agrarian change. Her work has been focused on India while being engaged with scholarship in other regions of the global South and is based on mixed methods research.

Academic qualifications

PhD in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London
MA in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
BA (Hons) in History, St Stephen's College, University of Delhi


Shreya is the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change and curates its companion editorial website, Agrarian Questions.

Other Activities

Strongly committed to public engagement, Shreya has also written for platforms such as The Conversation and Hindustan Times, been interviewed by media platforms like the BBC Radio and Business Insider and spoken at a number of public events on topics related to her research.