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 development projects. He is, together with colleagues at four other universities, coordinating an ESRC-funded network programme on comparative peacebuilding in Asia. His monograph 'Nationalism, Development, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka' will be published by Cambridge University Press in September 2018.