PhD defence by Sanchita Bakshi

Paradoxes of development polarization - why does the rising tide not lift all boats?
PhD student
Thursday 11 Jul 2024, 16:00 - 18:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Sanchita Bakshi

On 11 July 2024, Sanchita Bakshi will defend her thesis investigating persistent adivasi marginaliaation and their enclavement in large parts of India, focusing her research on southern Odisha.

Her thesis builds on her earlier research of working in policy reformulation concerning the issue of 'regional backwardness' in India. Moving on from that primarily quantitative assessment, in this research she focuses on a more qualitative assessment of the distribution of development indicators.

In her examination of persistent adivasi marginalisation and their enclavement in large parts of the country, she examines three distinct yet interconnected themes:

  1. relational identities of 'backward' adivasi territories
  2. structural factors and survival strategies adopted by the adivasis
  3. contingent relations and spaces of contestation, including how adivasi politicization encounters opposition.

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ISS PhD defence by Sanchita Bakshi

Doctoral Board


Professor Arjun Bedi

Doctoral dissertation supervisor

Professor Irene van Staveren
Dr Amrita Chhachhi

Full Doctoral Committee

  • Professor Shailaja Fennell, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Luisa Steur, University of Amsterdam
  • Professor Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
  • Professor Jun Borras, ISS
  • Professor Andrew Fischer, ISS
More information

The ceremony will begin promptly at 16:00 hrs in the ISS auditorium (Aula B) of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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