Continuity and Change: Migration and Development in India. The case of Bihar
- PhD student
- UniversityInternational Institute of Social StudiesProfile page
- Start date
Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019, 16:00
- End date
Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019, 17:30
On 3 April 2019, PhD researcher Amrita Datta will defend her thesis entitled 'Continuity and Change: Migration and Development in India. The case of Bihar'.
Amrita Datta's research counters dominant academic and policy discourses of low internal migration in India. Drawing on long-term empirical data in a source region, her research finds evidence of high and increasing mobility from the eastern Indian state of Bihar in the period 1998 –2011. This rise in the incidence of migration from rural Bihar is accompanied by a change in its determinants.
Over time, individual factors have become more important in explaining migration. At the same time, there is evidence of increased propensity to migrate among the agricultural labouring class. Amrita Datta suggests that these changing determinants of migration from rural Bihar may be understood as a response to rising labour demand in distant urban markets elsewhere in India.
Doctoral dissertation supervisor
Dr Arjan de Haan, International Development Research Centre, Canada
Members of the Full Doctoral Committee
Professor Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, India
Dr Priya Deshingkar, University of Sussex
Dr Ajay Bailey, Utrecht University
The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS. Professors are invited to join the academic procession.