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Professor Stuart Corbridge

corbridge-sProfessor of Development Studies. Provost and Deputy Director.

Professor Corbridge left the school in 2015 to take up a new position as Vice Chancellor and Warden of Durham University.


Stuart joined LSE in 2001, having taught previously at Huddersfield, London (Royal Holloway), Syracuse, Cambridge and Miami Universities. He is the author of Capitalist World Development (Macmillan, 1986), Debt and Development (Blackwell, 1993), Mastering Space (1995, Edward Arnold, with John Agnew), Reinventing India (2000/2003, Polity-Oxford University Press, with John Harriss), Jharkhand: Environment, Development, Ethnicity (2004, Oxford University Press, with Sarah Jewitt and Sanjay Kumar) and Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in Rural India (2005, Cambridge University Press, with Glyn Williams, Manoj Srivastava and René Véron). The Development Reader, a collection of essays edited jointly with Sharad Chari, will be published by Routledge in July 2008.

Recent teaching is currently focused on two courses: Nationalism, Democracy and Development in Contemporary India (DV437), and Development: History, Theory and Policy (DV400).

Research interests and area of supervision

  • Governance and accountability, including Right to Information
  • Participation and empowerment in eastern India
  • Forest policies and politics in eastern India
  • Traumatic spaces, including Ayodhya and Bhuj, India
  • History of development thinking and the (im)possibility of development studies

Selected Recent Publications


  • Urban bias (with Gareth A Jones) in: Desai, Vandana and Potter, Rob, (eds.) The companion to development studies. Routledge, London, UK, 286-290.



  • India Today: economy, politics and society (with John Harriss and Craig Jeffrey) (Cambridge: Polity Press and New Delhi: Oxford University Press)
  • 'The Search for Order: understanding Hindu-Muslim violence in post-Partition India', Public Affairs 85 (2): pp. 285-309 (with Nikki Kalra and Kayoko Tatsumi)


  • 'The contested geographies of federalism in post-reform India', in Sanjay Ruparelia, Sanjay Reddy, John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge (eds.) A Great Transformation? Understanding India's new political economy, London: Routledge, pp. 66-89
  • 'Limits to growth', in Business Standard India 2011, pp. 33-46


  • 'The continuing reinvention of India' (with John Harriss), in Chandan Sengupta et al (eds.) Democracy, Decentralisation and Development in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 21-42
  • 'The political economy of India since independence', in Paul Brass (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics, London: Routledge, pp. 318-336
  • "Politics and culture", in Niraja Jayal and Pranab Mehta (eds.) The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 247-262.
  • 'The continuing debate on urban bias: theory, evidence and policy' (with Gareth Jones) Progress in Development Studies, 10 (1): pp. 1-18


  • Corbridge, S. 'State and society' in K.Cox, M.Low and J.Robinson (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Political Geography, London: Sage, 107-121


  • Corbridge, S. 'The (im)possibility of development studies.' Economy and Society 36, no. 2 (2007): 179-211.


  • Corbridge, S. 'Bearing witness: the global spigot, American empire and the colonial present [Book Review].' Geopolitics 11, no. 1: 159-180.
  • Corbridge, S. and Simpson, E. 'Traumatic spaces and militant Hinduism: Ayodhya, Bhuj and the contested spaces of Hindutva' in S. Raju, S. Kumar and S. Corbridge (eds.) Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies of India, London/New Delhi: Sage, 70-84.
  • Simpson, E. and Corbridge, S. 'The geography of things that may become memories: The 2001 earthquake in Kachchh-Gujarat and the politics of rehabilitation in the pre-memorial era.' Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96, no. 3: 566-585.
  • Véron, R, Williams, G., Corbridge, S. and Srivastava, M. 'Decentralized corruption or corrupt decentralization? Community monitoring of poverty-alleviation schemes in Eastern India.' World development 34, no. 11: 1922-1941.


  • Corbridge, S., Williams, G., Srivastava, M. and Véron, R Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


  • Corbridge, S., Jewitt, S. and Kumar, S. Jharkhand: Environment, Development, Ethnicity. New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Corbridge, S. 'Waiting in line, or the moral and material geographies of queue-jumping', in R Lee and D.Smith (ed) Geographies and Moralities: International Perspectives on Development, Justice and Place, Oxford: Blackwell, 183-98
  • Corbridge, S. 'From Marshall Plan to Washington Consensus? Globalization, democratization and 'national economic planning', in J.Agnew and N.Entrikin (eds.) The Marshall Plan Reconsidered, Berkeley: University of California Press, 141-162


  • Corbridge, S. 'Countering Empire.' Antipode 35, no. 1: 184-190.
  • Corbridge, S. and Harriss, J. Reinventing India: Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and Popular Democracy, 2nd edition New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Corbridge, S., Williams, G., Srivastava, M. and Véron, R. 'Making social science matter 1: how the local state works in rural Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.' Economic and political weekly 38, no. 24: 2377-2389.
  • Corbridge, S., Williams, G., Srivastava, M. and Véron, R. 'Making social science matter 2: how the rural poor see the state in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.' Economic and political weekly 38, no. 25: 2561-2569.
  • Corbridge, S., Williams, G., Srivastava, M. and Véron, R. 'Brainstorming, Modified Logframes and the Conversion of Research Hypotheses into Field Questions: Reflections from team-based fieldwork in eastern India.' Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 24, no. 2: 242-257.
  • Williams, G., Corbridge, S., Véron, R. and Srivastava, M. 'Enhancing pro-poor governance in Eastern India: participation, politics and action research.' Progress in Development Studies 3, no. 2: 159-178.
  • Williams, G., Veéron, R.; Srivastava, M. and Corbridge, S. 'Participation and Power: Poor People's Engagement with India's Employment Assurance Scheme.' Development and Change 34, no. 1 (2003), pp. 163-192.
  • Véron, R., Corbridge, S., Srivastava, M and Williams, G. 'The Everyday State and Political Society in Eastern India: Structuring Access to the Employment Assurance Scheme.' Journal of Development Studies 39, no. 5: 1-28.


  • Corbridge, S. 'Development as freedom: The spaces of Amartya Sen.' Progress in Development Studies 2, no. 3: 183-217.
  • Corbridge, S. (ed.). Development: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, 6 Volumes. Routledge.
  • Corbridge, S.. 'The continuing struggle for India's Jharkhand: democracy, decentralization and the politics of names and numbers.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 40, no. 3 (2002), pp. 55-71.
  • Corbridge, S. and Kumar, S. 'Community, corruption, landscape: tales from the tree trade.' Political Geography 21, no. 6: 765-788.
  • Srivastava, S., Corbridge, S., Williams, G. and Véron, R. 'Making sense of the local state: rent-seeking, vernacular society and the Employment Assurance Scheme in Eastern India.' Contemporary South Asia 11, no. 3 (2002), pp. 267-289.
  • Kumar, S. and Corbridge, S. 'Programmed to fail? Development projects and the politics of participation' Journal of Development Studies 39, no. 2 (2002), pp. 73-104.

Editorial Boards (current)

  • Journal of Development Studies (Managing Editor, 2005 - )
  • Economy and Society (Editorial Advisory Board 2006-8; Editorial Board 2008 - )
  • Ethics, Place and Environment
  • Progress in Development Studies
  • South Asian Development

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