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Dr Rajesh Venugopal

Assistant Professor


Rajesh Venugopal works on the political sociology of development and violent conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He writes on post-conflict reconstruction, development theory, nationalism, and neoliberalism.

Research interests and areas of supervision

  • Liberal Peace-building & Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Ethnic conflict and civil war
  • Neo-liberalism and the Politics of market reform
  • Nationalism & development
  • South Asia (particularly Sri Lanka)

Recent publications

Journal of Asian Studies 2015

'Demonic Violence and Moral Panic in Post-War Sri Lanka'

Journal of Asian Studies, 74.4 (2015).


Third World Quarterly

'Democracy, Development, and the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka'

Third World Quarterly, 36.4 (2015), 670-690.

[Available here.]

Economy And Society

'Neoliberalism as Concept'

Economy and Society, 44.2 (2015), 165-187.

[Available here.]

Economic and Political Weekly (2015)

'Market Reform at a Time of Civil War: military fiscalism in Sri Lanka'

Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (2011), 67-75.

[Available here.]

Horizonal Inequalities and Post Conflict Development

'Privatization, Private Sector Development and Horizontal Inequalities in Post-Conflict Countries'

Langer, A., F. Stewart & R. Venugopal (eds), Horizontal Inequalities and Post-Conflict Development: Laying the Foundations for Durable Peace.

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Liberal Peace In Question

'The Politics of Market Reform at a Time of Ethnic Conflict'

Stokke, K. and J. Uyangoda (eds.), Liberal Peace in Question: Politics of State and Market Reforms in Sri Lanka.

London: Anthem Press, 2011.

Modern Asian Studies 2010

'Sectarian Socialism: the Politics of Sri Lanka’s Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna'

Modern Asian Studies 44.3 (2010), 567-602.

[Available here.]

New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding

'The Making of Sri Lanka’s Post-Conflict Economic Package and the Failure of the 2001-04 Peace Process'

Newman, E., R. Paris and O. Richmond, (eds.), New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding.

Hong Kong: United Nations University Press, 2009.


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