About me

I am an applied economist, with an undergraduate education from Presidency College, Calcutta, and masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. Since graduation from USC in 1994, I have worked both within and outside of academics in Bulgaria, Germany, India and the United Kingdom.

Currently, I have a Chair in Finance at the Management School at the University of Sheffield. I am also a Research Fellow at IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. I wear some other hats at the University of Sheffield. I am an elected member of the university’s Senate and the Research Development Director of the Finance area within the management school’s Accounting & Financial Management division.

I wear (have worn) some other hats as well, for example, as a member of the peer-review college of ESRC, including for the GCRF Peer Review Group. I am also an Associate Editor of Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, a Senior Editor of International Journal of Emerging Markets, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Journal of World Business. For a period of time, I was an expert at large for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission. I was also a member of the Editorial Boards of Economic Systems and Borsa Istanbul Review.

Given my early specialization in development economics, I have an abiding interest in issues related to economic development. However, over the years, my research focus has shifted and my ongoing research is focused largely on ownership-organizational forms such as family firms and business groups that dominate the corporate landscape in emerging market economies, banks and credit markets, and multinational firms. Over time, I have also developed a keen interest in the political economy of policy making, and the wider issue of governance, and these will dominate my research work in the foreseeable futures. As such, my research is empirical in nature, and, unsurprisingly perhaps, India features significantly in it as a context of analysis.

The empirical/evidence-based nature of my research has led to project work for organizations such as the (erstwhile) UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, NESTA and UK Trade & Investment. I was also associated with the ESRC-funded Enterprise Research Centre and, in the past, have done some work with/for organizations such as the Conference Board and the World Bank. A fair proportion of my research output has been underpinned by financial support from funding agencies such as the UK Department for International Development, ESRC, the British Academy and the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.

And aside from academic writing, I enjoy engaging with a wider audience through publications such as The Conversation and byte-size interviews on BBC’s Bengali Service and sundry other publications.

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