Dr. Kaveri Gill | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Dr. Kaveri
Professor and Head of Department
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
Block-Library Building, Shiv Nadar University
Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
Profile 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.  

On-going interests include the politics of public health policy and policy-making; the informal recycling and waste economy; non-state actors, policy influence and the welfare state; and development policies and the status of adivasis in mainland India.

Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary), Department of Geography
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
M. Phil Development Studies / Economics (First Class with Distinction)
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tripos BA Economics (MA), Faculty of Economics and Politics (First Class)
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
BA (Honours) Economics
University of Delhi, India
Work Experience 
Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education,
Chief Economist / Associate,
Oxford Policy Management Limited,
New Delhi Office
Senior Programme Officer, Think Tank Initiative (TTI),
International Development Research Centre (IDRC),
Asia Regional Office, New Delhi
Consultant, Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (SPPME),
India Country Office, New Delhi
Consultant, Programme Evaluation Organisation (PEO),
Planning Commission, Government of India,
New Delhi
Tutor and Fellow in Economics and Development,
Queens' College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Smuts Research Fellow,
Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Bye-Fellow in Economics and Development,
Queens' College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Teaching at SNU

Interrogating Histories and Theories of Economic Development

Cities of the Global South

International Organisations and Global Governance

Inequality and Social Policy for Development

India’s Development in Comparative Perspective

Urban Water and Sanitation in the Global South

Secular Ethics for Millennials: The Why and What of Universal Values (Based on the Dalai Lama - Emory University's collaborative SEE-Learning curriculum)



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:

Capitalism Nature Socialism
India Exclusion Report
OUP monographs
Invited by the European Research Council (ERC) to peer review scientific grant submissions
Cambridge Journal of Economics
Journal of Development Studies
Oxford University Press
Review of Urban Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 
Global Change, Peace and Security

Board and Advisory Committee Membership:

2019  Senate Member, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
2019  Organising Committee, SEE Learning Global Launch organised by The Dalai Lama Trust, Emory University and Vana Foundation
2017  Interview Committee, Tibet House, Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi
2016    Member, Board of Studies, School of Rural Management, IIHMR University, Jaipur
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

Additional External Contributions

Appointed external examiner for PhD thesis by JNU, as well as Delhi University

Invited by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS), for expert advice on a national solid waste and plastic waste management policy

Invited to participate in a National Level Consultation Workshop on Solid and Liquid Waste Management, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS), Government of India

Invited by the Honorable Minister to advise on the state’s solid waste management policies, Government of Punjab

Expert Advisor on a successful international AHRC research bid looking at waste recyclers in Dharavi, Mumbai  

Seminars and Conferences (Selected):

Chaired panels:

“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

India-Cambridge Summit, “India in the Global Age”, organised by the University of Cambridge 

India launch of IDS-Oxfam’s Special Bulletin, “Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India”

Universal Ethics Conferences, organised by Tibet House and Ramanujan College, New Delhi 

Discussant at panels:

Association of Asian Studies (AAS) International Conference, Asia in Motion, in a panel on land relations, Ashoka University, New Delhi

SAU, CSDS, CSH and Martin Chautari conference on work, identity and livelihood in Nepal

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 

Seminars delivered:

International Summer School, Centre for Escalation of Peace, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Opening Lecture of the Research Cell of Delhi School of Economics

Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, Oxford 

DESTIN, London School of Economics, London 

Manchester University, Manchester 

Durham University, Durham

University of East Anglia

School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi 

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi

Indian Institute of Public Health, New Delhi 

South Asia University, New Delhi 

Ambedkar University, New Delhi 

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata 

World Bank New Delhi Office Seminar Series

JNU-STEPS collaboration at Jawaharlal Nehru University 

North East India Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore

Scholarly Activity


Gill, Kaveri. 2010a. Of Poverty and Plastic: Scavenging and Scrap Trading Entrepreneurs in India’s Urban Informal Economy. [Book Hardback 2nd edition; Paperback and Ebook 2012] 

Book Chapters

Gill, Kaveri. 2019. The Informal Waste Sector: “Surplus” Labour, Detritus, and the Right to the Post-colonial City. In Cullet, P. and Koonan, S. (eds.): Research Handbook on Environment, Law and Poverty. Edward Elgar. [Book Chapter]

Gill, Kaveri. 2018. The 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. [Book Chapter]

Bhattacharya, R., Bhattacharya, S., and K. Gill. 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. [Book Chapter]

Gill, Kaveri. 2015a. Assessing the Inclusiveness of Government Flagship Programmes: The Case of National Rural Health Mission. In Shiva Kumar, A. K., Rustagi, P. and Subrahmanian, R. (eds.): India’s Children: Essays on Social Policy. Oxford University Press, pp. 350-373. [Book Chapter]

Journal Articles

Singh, P., Newton-Lewis, T., Saith, R., Singh, P., Kak, M., Gill, Kaveri, 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. [Journal Article]

Dandekar, Ajay and Kaveri Gill. 2014a. Democracy and its Inconvenient Questions. Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLIX Number 19, May, pp.133-141. [Journal Article]

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

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

Gill, Kaveri. 2012c. Evidence, Consensus, Policy: The Curious Case of Changes in India’s Public Health Policy in the XIIth Plan. Kafila, September. [Journal Article] 
Online Access: http://kafila.org/2012/09/27/evidence-consensus-and-policy-kaveri-gill-o...

Gill, Kaveri. 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. [Report] 

Gill, Kaveri. 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. [Journal Article]

Gill, Kaveri. 2006. Deprived Castes and Privileged Politics: An Urban Informal Market in Contemporary India. Economic and Political Weekly, Special Article, Volume XLI Number 2, January, pp.133-141. [Journal Article]

Gill, Kaveri. 2004. The Nature of Exchange in Delhi’s Waste Recovery Market: Patron Client Relations in the Urban Informal Economy? Occasional Paper No 3, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge [Occasional Paper]


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

Gill, Kaveri, Bhattacharya, Rajesh and Bhattacharya, Snehashish. 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. [Report] 
Online Access: https://www.oxfamindia.org/sites/default/files/WP-Political-economy-of-capitalism-development-and-resistance-state-adivasis-012015_n-EN.pdf


Gill, Kaveri. 2020b. Will Tibet Ever Prevail Over China? A Review of Greg C. Bruno’s Blessings from Beijing: Inside China’s War on Tibet in Exile. Biblio, July-September 2020 Issue, p. 14. {Book Review]

Gill, Kaveri. 2020a. Why the Indian Media’s Leading Ladakh Expert Doesn’t Live up to the Billing. Newslaundry, 30 June. [Op-Ed]

Gill, Kaveri. 2019a. The Dalai Lama and Social Media, Lost in Mistranslation. The Wire Op-ed, 22 July. [Op-ed]

Gill, Kaveri. 2014b. Our Reality versus Your Reality. Book Review for Felix Padel, Ajay Dandekar, and Jeemol Unni’s Ecology, Economy: Quest for a Socially Informed Connection. Biblio January February 2014, Vol. XIX Nos. 1 & 2, p. 19. [Book Review]

Gill, Kaveri. 2013. Model and Myth. Book Review for Sood, A. (ed.) Poverty Amidst Prosperity: Essays on the Trajectory of Development in Gujarat. Biblio July-August 2013, Vol. XVIII Nos. 7 & 8, p. 13. [Book Review]

Gill, Kaveri. 2010b. Celebrating a Revolution at the Grassroots [on the twentieth anniversary of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS). Hindu Magazine, 15 May. [Op-ed]

Gill, Kaveri. 2010c. Poverty Invisibility Litigation? Indian Express Op-ed, 13 March. [Op-ed]