Dr George Kunnath
I completed my doctoral studies in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2008. I also undertook a postdoctoral research (2008-2011) in anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. My work, through long-term empirical fieldwork and critical engagement with social theory, develops theoretical and empirical insights into the political economy of poverty, violence and development in India in the context of the growing Maoist insurgency and counterinsurgency. The focal point of my work is an exploration of how the everyday life and livelihoods of Dalit and Adivasi communities are affected by the expansion of the Maoist revolution and the state in rural and forested areas in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.
My research interests extend to a comparative inquiry into poverty, conflict, development and governance in other developing countries which have experienced Left-wing insurgency and counterinsurgency, including Nepal, Philippines, Mozambique, Peru and Colombia. My specialisation also includes anthropological theory, method and ethics.