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Pritam is actively involved in doctoral student supervision as Director of Studies with having supervised three PhDs to successful completion and currently supervising as Director of Studies seven PhD students including one from Burgundy Business School, Dijon and one by publication route. Pritam's research interests include theoretical and empirical work in the areas of migration, poverty reduction, sustainability and human development. He is also interested in supervising in the areas of rising importance of BRICS economies, federalism and development, and political economy of human rights. He has externally examined PhDs for universities in the UK, Ireland, India and Pakistan. He is also on the supervisory/examination committee of a Phd student at the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, New Brunswick, USA.
Details of PhD completions:
1. Michael Ochurub, Education and Development in Namibia Post Independence Period, 2001 (as a supervisor). 2. V.K. Mensah, The Impact of Culture and Government Policies on Ghana's Economic Development, 2008 (as the Director of Studies). 3. Lok Nath Bhusal, ‘The Underestimation of Poverty in the Low-income Countries and its Policy Implications for Social and Economic Security (with case study from Nepal)', January 2012 (as the Director of Studies).
Pritam leads the research cluster on Environmental and Development Economics. Pritam's work is currently focussed on two main areas: one, the sustainability implications of the spatial shift taking place in global capitalism, and two, Indian capitalism with emphasis on decentralisation and human rights and with special reference to Punjab. His two recent books Federalism, Nationalism and Development: India and the Punjab economy (London/New York: Routledge, 2008; Special Indian Reprint 2009), and Economy, Culture and Human Rights: Turbulence in Punjab, India and Beyond (Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2010) have received critical acclaim as path breaking works of scholarship. Both the books are being translated in other languages. His book Federalism, Nationalism and Development: India and the Punjab Economy brings together ground breaking methodological approaches and field level data to add new dimensions to the understanding of federal modes of governance and the development process, particularly in India. As one reviewer (in Economic and Political Weekly) has commented, ‘The book is one of those rare academic publications which have the potential to make history'. His Economy, Culture and Human Rights: Turbulence in Punjab, India and Beyond marshals diverse theory and evidence drawn from economics, political science, moral philosophy, and history to make a case for understanding human rights as intrinsically important rather than simply as a means to achieve a given set of economic and political goals. This book was the subject of over half an hour TV interview with Pritam on Sky/Sikh Channel. His edited books Punjabi Identity in a Global Context (with S Thandi) (Oxford University Press, 1999, Reprint 2015) and Equal Opportunities in the Curriculum (with M Pearl) (Oxford Brookes University, 1999) were pioneering works in their respective fields. His research articles and reviews have appeared in various journals includingCommonwealth and Comparative Politics, Contemporary South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly, International Journal of Green Economics, International Journal of Punjab Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance and Third World Quarterly.
This paper is an attempt to contribute to an eco-socialist critique of the widely prevailing theoretical perspectives on development with a focus on one aspect: the competing explanations of underdevelopment in the Third World and of the poverty resulting from that underdevelopment. The aspect of inequality between the developed capitalist economies and developing capitalist economies will also be examined from the viewpoint of its linkages with poverty in the Third World. Three main perspectives will be considered: one, the traditional one that keeps the discussion on poverty, underdevelopment and inequality within the framework of a capitalist economy; two, the Marxian one as a critique of capitalism and third, the Green one that focusses on the natural environment as a way of dealing with issues of poverty and underdevelopment.
In the clash between austerity and Keynesian stimulus paradigms in the advanced capitalist economies in general and the United Kingdom in particular, this paper argues that in the era of global climate change and global warming, merely proposing stimulus in opposition to austerity is flawed. In contrast, the paper proposes that an eco-socialist perspective with emphasis on green economy, sustainability and equality is of historic importance and relevance.
Pritam has a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford (Oriel College) where he was awarded the Edward Boyle/Charles Wallace Scholarship. He took his BA Hons School in Economics and MA Hons School in Economics degrees from Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). He was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship by the University Grants Commission in India to study at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi from where he passed his Mphil with distinction. Before coming to Oxford, he has taught at University of Delhi as a Lecturer in Economics and at Panjab University, Chandigarh as a Reader in Economics. In 2007, he was elected as a Research Associate at the Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, and in 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and in 2013 at Moscow State University, Moscow. He leads the research cluster on Environmental and Development Economics in the Department.
Awarded Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes University 2018