I am in the process of completing my D.Phil in South Asian Studies at the India Institute, Kings College London. My research focuses on India’s multilateral behaviour as a rising power across a range of issue areas – climate change, trade, nuclear disarmament, and international public health.
My thesis seeks to explain India’s attitudes toward international rules by considering the political economy around its behaviour. The four cases I consider are Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and the Uruguay Round Trade Agreement that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The thesis was defended in February 2017.
Over the past few years, my research has broadly covered how rising powers like China and India have been interacting with the international order by mapping and explaining their engagement in specific issue areas, like health, energy and finance. Some of the writings under this thread have appeared in Global Policy, Global Health Governance and Policy and Society and in edited volumes from Routledge and Oxford University Press.
Also, I was one of the co-authors of a UNDP China policy report in 2013 that mapped and outlined China’s current role in various multilateral institutions and their interests across the global governance landscape.