In January 2016, I began a collaborative research project on electricity politics in India with colleagues Navroz Dubash from Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and Ranjit Bharvirkar from the global non-profit Regulatory Assistance Project. As I argued in previous research, India’s electricity infrastructure is powerfully shaped by regional politics and political economies that produce distinct and uneven patterns of electrification and electricity governance across India. Our current project builds on these insights alongside Navroz’s work on regulatory institutions and Ranjit’s research on renewable energy. We’ve convened a team of postdoctoral scholars and PhD students from the US, Europe, and India, to study electricity governance and politics in thirteen Indian states and the national capital territory of Delhi.
We hope the results of our project will contribute to the growing body of social scientific and humanistic studies of energy and infrastructure through academic articles and an edited volume of essays. You can read more about the project, my fellow project conveners, and our impressive research team here.