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Dr Pritish Behuria

Dr Pritish Behuria, Teaching Fellow, International DevelopmentLSE Fellow
Department of International Development


Pritish Behuria's research focuses on the political economy of late development. In particular, he is interested in how developing country governments have dealt with the challenges associated with contemporary capitalism. His previous research has largely focused on the literature on political settlements and developmental states, as well as the politics of industrial policy.

Pritish completed an MSc in International Politics and a PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He also obtained a BSc in Journalism and International Relations from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Pritish also worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, teaching at the department and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy for two years. He is currently also working as a Researcher in the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre at the Brooks World Poverty Institute in the University of Manchester.

He teaches on DV400, the core course of the MSc Development Studies programme.

Research Interests

  • The Politics of the Emergence of Developmental States in Rwanda and Ethiopia
  • The Politics of Dependency in Clean Energy Transitions in India
  • The Politics of Public Sector Reforms in reference to current trends in development policymaking including PDIA and Thinking Politically

Regional Focus

East and Central Africa, South Asia


Journal Articles

Behuria, P. 2016. Countering Threats, Stabilising Politics and Selling Hope: Examining the Agaciro concept as a response to a Critical Juncture in Rwanda. Early View in Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Behuria, P. 2016. Centralising Rents and Dispersing Power while Pursuing Development: Exploring the Strategic Uses of Military Firms in Rwanda. Review of African Political Economy 43 (150): 630-647.

Behuria, P. 2015. Between Party Capitalism and Market Reforms – Understanding Sector Differences in Rwanda. Journal of Modern African Studies 53 (3): 415-450.

Working Papers/Reports

Behuria, P. and T. Goodfellow. 2016. The Political Settlement and ‘deals environment’ in Rwanda: Unpacking two decades of economics growth. Effective States and Inclusive Development Working Paper No. 57. Available at http://bit.ly/2cu3shy

Behuria, P. 2016. The Political Settlement and Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries. Background Paper for the Annual Conference of the United Nations Development Programme Global Centre for Public Sector Excellence.

Behuria, P. 2014. The Political Economy of Rwanda and its relevance for Legal Assistance on Economic Reform: Law and Development Partnership Report.

Book Reviews:

Behuria, P. 2016. Book Review of ‘The Art of Coercion: The Primitive Accumulation and Management of Coercive Power’, by Antonio Giustozzi. Civil Wars 18 (3): 380-382.

Behuria, P. 2016. Book Review of ‘Asia-Africa Development Divergence: A Question of Intent’, By David Henley. European Journal of Development Research 28 (4): 779-781.

Behuria, P. 2016. Book Review of ‘Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies’, By Brian Levy. Journal of International Development 28 (6): 1006-1008.

Behuria, P. 2015. Book Review of ‘Comparative Regionalisms for Development in the 21st Century’, edited by Emmanuel Fanta, Timothy M. Shaw and Vanessa T. Tang. African Affairs 114 (457): 658-660.

Behuria, P. 2015. Book Review of ‘Peasants in Power: The Political Economy of Development and Genocide in Rwanda’, By Philip Verwimp. Journal of Agrarian Change 15 (4): 606-609.

Behuria, P. 2015. Book Review of ‘Rwanda 1994: The Myth of the Akazu Genocide Conspiracy and its Consequences’, by Barrie Collins. Journal of Modern African Studies 53 (2): 258-259.


Behuria, P. and T. Goodfellow. 2016. The political determinants of Miracle Growth in Rwanda. Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre Blog.

Behuria, P. 2016. The Tentative Developmental State in Rwanda: From Anti-Manufacturing to Recapturing the Domestic Market. LSE ID Blog.

Behuria, P. 2016. Africa’s Turn to Industrialize? Shifting Value Chains, Industrial Policy and African Development. LSE ID Blog and LSE Africa Blog

Behuria, P. 2016. The Challenge of Thinking and Working Politically to reform public services. LSE ID blog and The OECD’s Effective Institutions Platform blog.  

Behuria, P. 2016. Aspiring to New Heights with no ladder: The barriers to technology acquisition in India’s solar energy sector. LSE South Asia Blog.

Behuria, P. 2015. What next after the Delhi Declaration? The Challenges and Opportunities of Harnessing India-Africa relations. LSE Africa Blog and LSE South Asia Blog.

Behuria, P. and T. Goodfellow. 2014. Big Houses, Hotels and Increasingly Expensive Gorillas: A Look at Rwanda’s Services-led Developmental State.Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.

Behuria, P. 2013. Bringing Industrial Policy Back In: A New Flavour to the Narrative of Post-1994 Rwanda. Democracy in Africa.