Dr Rajesh  Venugopal

Dr Rajesh Venugopal

Associate Professor

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
development, ethnic conflict, liberal peace-building, nationalism

About me

Rajesh Venugopal is Associate Professor at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He researches the politics of development and ethnic conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He has written on ethnocracy, neoliberalism, natural disasters, mass panics, and political sensitivity in development projects. He is the author of 'Nationalism, Development, and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka’ (CUP 2018).

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.

Expertise Details

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

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