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Barbara Harriss-White

Director, Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, University of Oxford


Barbara Harriss-White Professor of Development Studies and Director of the new Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, former Director of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. Educated at Cambridge University and UEA, she drove to India in 1969 and has worked on S.Asia since, exploring through fieldwork two themes: 1.India’s capitalist transformation, focussing on agriculture and the informal economy; 2.aspects of deprivation. Her recent books: Trade Liberalisation and India’s Informal Economy; Defining Poverty in Developing Countries; Rural Commercial Capital; India’s Semi-arid Rural Economy. She is also adviser to DFID, 7 UN agencies and several NGOs. Trustee of IFPRI, SOAS and the S. Asia Institute, Heidelberg.