Academic Staff

Academic - Affiliate

  • Senior Research Fellow, Area Studies; Co-ordinator South Asian Research Cluster

    I joined SIAS in 2007 but I joined Oxford in 1987 after 7 years teaching social science to medical doctors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My interests are Political economy; agriculture, energy and food; aspects of deprivation; India’s informal capitalism; rural and local development; low carbon transition. I used to teach Indian political economy on the MSc in Contemporary India. (Before that – M Phil in Development Studies: core course, options in gender and development, Indian political economy, health and development, rural development)

  • Teaching and Research Associate

    I am a Research Associate in Japanese Studies and a Research Associate at the Centre for Time Use Research. My research interests lie in the field of family sociology. I am currently working on two projects: The first one analyses the gender balance in the domestic division of labour in several East Asian societies. A pilot study for this project, “Domestic division of labour and fertility preference in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan”, has been published in Demographic Research in 2017. The second project looks at class differences in parenting strategies in Japan.

  • For twenty five years  I have taught literature for a couple of months each year in universities all over Russia, and have built up many contacts particularly outside Moscow and St Petersburg.  I am ready to advise M.Phil students and others on the Russian provinces, academic contacts and visas. In Russia I have published books about Britain, and in Britain  articles about life in Russia.

  • MES Associate (SPF Programme)
  • Emeritus Fellow; LAC Associate Member

    Alan Knight was Professor of the History of Latin America from 1992 to 2013, when he retired.

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

    My research on robots focuses on robots and automated systems in urban and social spaces. It includes the whole range of non-industrial robot experimenting, from autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, healthcare robots, to social and service robots. I currently work on three projects: the politics of humanoid robots in Japan, the urban living labs for robot experiments with focus on Dubai, Singapore, California and Japan, and medical delivery drones in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies

    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.

  • REES Senior Research Fellow

    Alex Pravda's research interests are Soviet and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy; he also has an interest in the international dimensions of East European politics. Alex Pravda is also Fellow of the Russian and East European Centre at St Antony's. 

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Beginning in 2003, I lived in China for six years, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province as well as in various towns of Qinghai, home to many officially designated ‘Tibetan autonomous’ prefectures.  Prior to becoming an academic, my time in China was spent working in various capacities, as a staff member of two non-profit foundations, one aiding orphans and disabled children, and the other improving public health knowledge and infrastructure in remote Tibetan villages and nomadic settlements; as an English teacher in both Chinese- and Tibetan-medium secondary schools; and as a Chinese-English and Ti

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre

    Carlos Solar is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre in the University of Oxford. 

    From 2015 to 2017 he was a Research Fellow in Public Policy and an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Politics in the University of York.

    He has also held visiting research appointments at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal, and in the Latin American Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles.