Edinburgh India Institute

Research projects

Current research involving University of Edinburgh staff working with counterparts in India includes the following:


Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM) is a research network including University of Edinburgh, Heidelberg University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. This research network is funded for three years by the Economics and Social Research Council, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

AROGYAM website

Dalit Politics and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu

Dalit politics

In this ESRC funded project Dr Hugo Gorringe is revisiting previous work on Dalit movements in Tamil Nadu. He charts the institutionalisation of Dalit movement into political parties and is working with Roger Jeffery to analyse changing trends in Dalit voting in the state. The project is primarily based on qualitative, ethnographic fieldwork in Tamil Nadu.

Dalit Politics and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu

The Politics of Names and Naming in India

the politics of naming

This is an Independent Social Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship held by Dr Jacob Copeman. The project aims to examine historical strategies in

naming and renaming practices in India with special reference to caste and religion. It also looks into what clues of Indian society in times of transition can be found through present naming strategies.

Jacob Copeman staff profile

Politics, Ritual and Religion in India

Politics and religion

This Leverhulme funded project is a collaboration between a team of researchers and institutions such as the British Musuem and British Library with Paul Dundas as one of its lead members. The team uncovers and asseses the widespread pan-Asian impact of the Gupta Age and its significance.

Paul Dundas staff profile


The Making of a Solar Market in Rural India

solar market

The grant held by Dr Jamie Cross is a three year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

This project aims to develop deeper understanding of the social relationships that are being built into and shaped by Bottom Of Pyramid markets for solar technology. The project is grounded in ethnographic

research methods.

The Making Of A Solar Market In Rural India

Marginal Populations, Social Mobilisation and Development

Marginal populations

This UK-India Educational Research Initiative is held jointly by University of Edinburgh and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The project revisits the old and newer marginal populations - Dalits, Muslims, and Scheduled Tribes - facing development exclusions in India. Focussing on these as critical cases, the research examines the intersections of development processes, social identities and marginalistion. Hugo Gorringe and Suryakant Waghmore (TISS) are the Principal Investigators. Roger Jeffery and Jeevan Sharma are research team members.

Marginal Populations, Social Mobilisation and Development

Understanding TB Control: Technologies, Ethics and Programmes

The politics of controlling TB

This five year project awarded by Wellcome Trust includes research in India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.

Understanding TB Control: Technologies, Ethics and Programmes

Rural Change and Anthropological Knowledge in Post-colonial India

This ESRC funded project is a comparative 'restudy' of FG Bailey, Adrian C Mayer and David Pocock. A team of researchers led by Edinburgh's Patricia Jeffery and Edward Simpson, from SOAS, are revisiting the villages studied in 1950s by Bailey, Mayer and Pocock.

Rural Change and Anthropological Knowledge in Post-colonial India

EaSTCHEM-NCL Network on Sustainable Chemistry

This is a UKIERI-funded project between Edinburgh and St Andrews Schools of Chemistry (EaStCHEM) and National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. The project involves exchanges of academic staff and PhD students during 2014 - 2016, to work on joint research activities in globally-important topics such as solar energy conversion, catalysis, efficient lighting and biodegradable polymers.

Identification of Molecular Basis, Differential Host Responses to Rapidly Evolving Avian Influenza

Avian flu

David W. Burt, Paul Digard. Lonneke Vervelde: The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK

Anamika Mishra, Ashwin Raut, Harshad V. Murugkar: The National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Bhopal, India

We propose an integrated approach to research into Avian Influenza, combining viral pathology, transcriptome analysis, bioinformatics and functional tests of genes in vitro and in vivo, complemented by corresponding analyses of the differences in viral genes that confer higher virulence in the resistant species to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these species differences.

Becoming Coolies: Rethinking the Origins of the India Labour Diaspora, 1772 - 1920

Crispin Bates, PI (UoE) and Andrea Major, Co-I (University of Leeds)

By placing Indian indentured labour migration in the context of longer histories of labour mobility in the Indian Ocean region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Becoming Coolies project seeks to challenge existing assumptions about who 'first wave' Indian migrants were, how much information they had, and why they decided to migrate. Funded by AHRC.

News piece: Historian secures major project funding


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