Based at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University Enclave, North Campus, Delhi 110007

IEG invites applications from postdoctoral scholars for a two-year fellowship to conduct research on a topic related to the political ecology of large dams in India.

The position is part of the FutureDAMS consortium, an initiative led by the University of Manchester and the International Institute for Environment & Development, that brings together academics, practitioners and policy makers to improve the planning and governance of dams.  FutureDAMS is conducting inter- and cross-disciplinary research in 5 case study areas: Ghana, Ethiopia, Jordan, India and Myanmar.


The Fellow is expected to pursue independent research on contemporary dam-building in India.  The focus of the study may relate to specific projects, state policies, political and economic processes, advocacy and opposition.  The research should draw on primary sources. The proposed research should be empirically and theoretically innovative, expanding the literature on the political ecology of dams beyond the well-known areas around dams’ negative and socially-unequal impacts.  It should contribute to a better understanding of current processes and contestations around large dams.  The Fellow should produce at least one working paper and one policy brief.  S/he should participate in the meetings of the FutureDAMS consortium in India and abroad.



The suitable candidate must hold a PhD degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Political Science or a related discipline.  Prior experience of working on environment and development, especially the social science of dams, energy projects, large agricultural schemes and infrastructure, is particularly welcome. Good analytical and writing skills are essential.

This is a full-time position and the consolidated salary will be in the range 65000-75000 INR per month.

Please apply electronically in one pdf.-document with: (1) cover letter; (2) CV (max. 3 pages, including publications, education, research experience); (3) copy of PhD degree; (4) names and contact details of three referees; (5) research proposal (2500 words + 250-word abstract) outlining aims, key questions, methods, outputs, and what is theoretically and empirically novel about the proposed study.

Applications should reach the Academic Programmes Officer, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Enclave, Delhi 110007 (Email:  by 22 February, 2020.

 Start date: 15 March 2020 or soon after.


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