I have a D.Phil in South Asian Studies from 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 chart and explain how India negotiates international rules by investigating the political economy around multilateral negotiations. The four cases I consider are Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and World Trade Organization Accession (WTO).
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.
I am fundamentally interested in how rising powers like India and China are negotiating their rise in the international order. The focus is largely driven by political economy considerations or how domestic political factors affect and shape the foreign policy of rising powers on different issues. These themes are reflected in my earlier work with the UNDP on China’s global governance attitudes and policy projects at the National University of Singapore where I worked to understand how India and China dealt with concerns related to energy and food security, issues critical to their growth and security.
I hold an Honours B.A. in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Central European University.