Dr Rajesh  Venugopal

Dr Rajesh Venugopal

Assistant Professor in Managing Humanitarianism

Department of International Development

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Rajesh Venugopal is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was previously at the University of York and the University of Oxford. He is a member of the faculty advisory group of the LSE’s South Asia Centre, a member of the editorial board of Nations and Nationalism, a fellow of the Centre for Poverty Analysis and an Advisor at Verite Research (Sri Lanka). 

Dr Venugopal’s primary research interests are in the political sociology of development and violent conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He has researched and written on post-conflict reconstruction, nationalism, development aid, private sector development, and liberal peacebuilding. Recent projects and papers have been on the 2014 Kashmir floods, the 'grease devil' crisis in Sri Lanka, the Indo-Naga cease-fire, the concept of neoliberalism, and the incorporation of political sensitivity into develoment projects. He is, together with colleagues at four other universities, coordinating an ESRC-funded network programme on comparative peacebuilding in Asia. His monograph ‘Cosmopolitan Capitalism and Sectarian Socialism: Conflict, Development and Nationalism in Sri Lanka’ will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Selected publications

  • Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Contemporary Sri Lanka (forthcoming 2018 monograph: Cambridge University Press)

  • The Politics of Natural Disasters in Protracted Conflict: The 2014 Flood in Kashmir (with Sameer Yasir) forthcoming 2017 Oxford Development Studies. doi: 10.1080/13600818.2016.1276160.

  • Sri Lanka Peacebuilding Context Analysis. Report submitted to United Nations Peacebuilding Office. March 2016. (with Nishan De Mel)

  • Demonic Violence and Moral Panic in Post-War Sri Lanka (Journal of Asian Studies 74(4) August 2015, doi:10.1017/S0021911815000522.

  • Neoliberalism as Concept, (Economy and Society 44(2) May 2015, doi: 10.1080/03085147.2015.1013356).

  • Economic Development and the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka  (Third World Quarterly 36(4) April 2015 doi:10.1080/01436597.2015.1024400.)


development; ethnic conflict; liberal peace-building; nationalism; post-conflict reconstruction; state-business relations