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 fifteen Indian states and the national capital territory of Delhi.
The results will be published as a book, Mapping Power, by Oxford University Press in 2018. We hope the volume will contribute to the growing body of social scientific and humanistic studies of energy and infrastructure. You can read more about the project, my fellow project conveners, and our impressive research team, and also access the project’s Working Papers here.