Special Lectures / Webinars


Aparajita Dasgupta
Gendered Transport Subsidy and its Short Run Effect on Female Employment: Evidence from Delhi’s Pink Pass Scheme, June 28, 2024.

Subrata Sarkar
Machine Learning and Big Data for Economists, April 25, 2024.

Rajdip Roy
Bombay Bandits: Women Gangsters of Bollywood and Other Stories, March 22, 2024

Aishika Chakraborty
The Last Night Queens: Class, Race and Gender in Nighttime Calcutta (1940-1990), March 15,2024.

Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Songs of Women’s Work, March 7, 2024.

Joyashree Roy
Heat, Human Health and Workability in Mega Cities of India: Complex Relation Between Mitigation and Adaptation, February 23, 2024.

Pradipto Roy
Socioeconomic and cultural challenges to mental health: Pandemic perspectives from South Asia, February 9, 2024.

Kabir Rana
The Movement of Aspiration: Migration for Work from Odisha, January 19, 2024.

Anthony P. D’Costa
The Evolutionary Boundaries and Business-Economic Dynamics of the “New” Space Economy, January 15, 2024.


Anindya Raychaudhuri
Between Myself and the Edge: Verticality and Fear of Heights in Narratives of Vertigo, November 10, 2023.

Aparajita Dasgupta
Are Gender Norms Systematic to Caste Institutions? Examining Preferences Through a Social Experiment in North Indian Villages, August 25,2023.

Bhaswati Bhattacharya
Structure and Agency in the World of Ocean Commerce, 1700-1800, August 18, 2023

Maitreesh Ghatak
Growing Apart ? Growth, Poverty and Inequality in Post-Liberalization India (Foundation Day Lecture), August 8, 2023

Nilanjana Paul
Anandibai Joshi, Gurubai Karmakar, Ida Scudder, and Clara Swain: Education, Missionaries, and Women’s Rights in Colonial India, July 28,2023

Ursula Daxecker
The Two Logics of Party Violence, July 27,2023

Bibhas Saha
Democracy and Class Conflict, June 14, 2023

Srimati Basu
Families without Wives: Kinship in the Indian Men’s Rights Movement, May 12, 2023

Uponita Mukherjee
Between the Bureau and the Book Market: Ideas of Criminal Detection and their Circulation in Late Nineteenth Century Bengal, 28 April 2023

Somdeep Chatterjee
Information, Revealed Preferences and Fertility: Evidence from a Family Planning Intervention in India, March 10, 2023

Siddhartha Mitra
Robotization and Economic Development, February 24, 2023


Pranab Bardhan
Why are Working Classes all around the World Turning Right, not Left? (Foundation Day Lecture), December 9, 2022.

Pallavi Banerjee
Beholden to Employers: Gendered and Racialized Dependence, December 2, 2022.

Mou Das Gupta
The Poetesses of Ṛg-Veda, November 11, 2022.

Tiyasha Sengupta
In Support and Solidarity : Exploring Advertisements of Cultural Productions of West Bengal During Bangladesh Liberation War 1971, 14 October 2022.

Anjan Mitra
Temporal Spaces and Urban Transformation – Its Role, Process and Manifestation : An Understanding of the Durga Pujo of Kolkata, September 9, 2022.

Sandra Bärnreuther
The Medical Gaze in a Digital Age : Datafying the Primary Care Sector in India, September 2, 2022.

Sadeka Halim
Concealed Identity and Situation of Indigenous Communities in Bangladesh, June 1, 2022.

Dipankar Sinha
Pandemic, Governance and Communication: The Curious Case of Covid-19, April 1, 2022.

Abhijit Banerjee
Socio-economic Implications of Energy Transition in India, February 23, 2022.

Supriya Roy Chowdhury
Staying Poor in a Rich City: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore, February 11, 2022 .


Milinda Banerjee
From Global Intellectual History to Global Theory: An Agenda for the Capitalocene, October 1, 2021.

Punarjit Roychowdhury
Don’t Cross the Line: Bounding theCausal Effect of Hypergamy Violation on Domestic Violence in India, September 3, 2021.

Barbara Harris White
The Metabolic Rift and its Social Implications for Urban India, (Foundation Day Lecture) August 27, 2021.

Sanchari Roy
The Gendered Crisis: Livelihoods and Mental Well-being in India during Covid-19, August 13, 2021.

Joyita Roy Chowdhury
Does Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters? A Gendered Perspective, August 6, 2021.

Ashmita Gupta
Feminization of Voters, Identity, Politics and Missing Males: Evidence From Bihar Assembly Elections, April 16, 2021.

Nandini Oza
Oral Histories of the Narmada Struggle: Experiences and Insights, March 26,2021.

L.N. Venkataraman
The Social Construction of Capabilities in a Tamil Village, February 19, 2021.

Nikita Sud
People, Land and Politics in an Agrarian Struggle, February 5, 2021.

Debolina Biswas
Political Economy of Inequality of Rural Bengal in Post Reform Period:
Development or Proletarization?
January 29,2021


Nanak Kakwani
The Linkage between Shared Prosperity, Labour Markets and and Social Programs Explained, October 20, 2020.

K.R. Shyam Sundar
Labour Codes and Other Reforms in India: Aggressive Labour Flexibility Takes Formal Shape, October 16, 2020.

Rajib Sutradhar
Farmers Bill: A Roadblock to an Inclusive and Sustainable Agri-food Value Chain, September 25, 2020.

Zico Dasgupta
Income Distribution and Effective Demand in the Indian Economy, September 18, 2020.

Pinaki Chakraborty
Centre State Fiscal Relations in Covid Context: Some Observations, September 4, 2020.

Avipsu Halder
State, Market and Globalization of Indian Cricket, August 21, 2020.

Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay
Economic Informality and Democracy at the Time of Covid-19, August 14, 2020.

Soumyajit Chakraborty
Learning Disruption, Digital Divide, and COVID-19 Measures in India, July 31, 2020.

Mallarika Sarkar Das
The Vulnerability of Elderly People During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Going Beyond Medical Risk, July 24, 2020.

Gautam Bose
Women’s Labour Force Participation and Household Technology Adoption, January 17, 2020.

Shouvik Chakraborty
Green Growth and the Right to Energy in India, January 10, 2020.


Praskanva Sinharay
Harichand-Guruchand : The Emerging Icons of Dalit Politics in West Bengal, December 10, 2019.

Aparajita Dasgupta
Disease Eradication, Infant Mortality and Fertility Response: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India, December 5, 2019.

Amartya Sen
On Being a Bengali (Foundation Day Lecture), August 27, 2019.

Akash Bhattacharya
Indigenous Elementary Schools and Colonial Educational Reforms, July 19, 2019.

Anthony P. D’Costa
Long Waves and Techno-economic Paradigms: Assessing the Future of Work in the Indian Automotive Industry, July 12, 2019.

Sugata Ray
Victims of Silicosis in West Bengal: Findings from a Survey, May 17, 2019.

Syamal Roy
Art Meets Science: Infectious Diseases as Metaphor to Understand Creativity, April 12, 2019.

Md. Reazul Haque
Love and Hate: Is Militarization Perceived as Sustainable Development for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)? A Case Study on CHT, Bangladesh, February 8, 2019.

Azizur Rahman Khan
The Rise, Fall and Future of Socialism, February 5, 2019.

Anjan Chakrabarti
A Disaggregated Study on Trends in the Growth of Production and Productivity in West Bengal in Pre and Post-Economic Reforms Period: Investigating the Impact on Economy, January 11, 2019.


Aparajita Dasgupta
Short and Long Term Effects of Cattle Slaughter Bans, August 21, 2018.

Ashmita Gupta
Effect of Trade Liberalization on Gender Inequality : The Case of India, August 10, 2018.

Dilip Mookherjee
Targeting of Local Government Programs and Voting Patterns in West Bengal, July 20, 2018.

Uditi Sen
Citizen Refugee: Forging the Indian Nation After Partition, July 11, 2018.

Anindya Raychaudhuri
Marxist Memories: British Communists, Colonial India and Reading Imperial History through Autobiography, July 4, 2018.

Maidul Islam
Indian Muslim(s) After Liberalisation, June 22,2018.

Anthony P. D’Costa
Late Capitalist Development and Global Mobility: The Rise of the Indian Wealthy and Implication for Inequality, May 25, 2018.

Subhashish Chowdhury
The Effects of Conflict Budget on the Intensity of Conflict : An Experimental Investigation, April 11, 2018.

Marika Vicziany
Food from Sewage: The Benefits and Risks of Eating the Produce of East Kolkata Wetlands,March 7, 2018.

Avishek Ray
Of Vagrants & Migrants: On the Discursive Limit of Development,January 24, 2018.

Zakaria Siddiqui
Looking Past the Indian Calorie Debate: What is Happening to Nutrition Transition in India,January 9, 2018.

Mahua Sarkar
When Maternity is Paid Work: Commercial Gestational Surrogacy as a New Transnational Industry,January 5, 2018.


Miqdad Asaria
That’s NICE but will it Work in India? Challenges and Opportunities for Using Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Healthcare Resource Allocation in India, November 21, 2017.

S Chandrasekhar and Karthikeya Naraparaju
Income Generation and Inequality in India’s Agricultural Sector, September 15, 2017.

Prasenjit Bose
Riskless Capitalism in India: Bank Credit and Economic Activity, August 25, 2017.

Rohit Azad
Riskless Capitalism in India: A Macro-Theoretic Analysis, August 25, 2017.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
W.E.B. Du Bois: Pan-Africanism or Post-colonialism? (IDSK Foundation Day Lecture), 16 August 2017.

Jozsef Borocz
The Global Middle: History, Socialisms and the Future, July 28, 2017.

Soma Chaudhuri
Building Empowerment , Resisting Patriarchy: Understanding Empowered Intervention Against Domestic Violence Among Grassroots Women in Gujarat, India, July 14 , 2017.

Sejuti Dasgupta
Political Settlement and Discontinuous Agrarian Policy since 90s: Case of Gujarat and Chattisgarh, July 7, 2017.

Deepita Chakravarty
Why Does Child Marriage Persist in West Bengal?, June 16, 2017.

Sophie Mitra
Disability, Health and Human Development, March 17, 2017.

Sanjoy Chakravorty
Refocusing the Land Debate in India: The Market, the State and Development, March 15, 2017.

Roger Jeffery
Appropriate Access to Medicines in India’s Fragmented Market : Reflections on 10 Years’ Sociological Research, January 24, 2017.

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Partition and Dalit Peasant Refugees in Eastern India, 1946-64, January 11, 2017.


Naila Kabeer
Qualitative Evaluations of Asset Transfers to Women in Extreme Poverty in West Bengal and Sindh: Empirical Findings and Methodological Reflections, November 11, 2016.

Madhusudan Datta
Paradox of Growth and Stagnation in Indian Manufacturing, September 9, 2016.

Claudine Burton-Jeangros
Inequality in Health and Quality of Life in Switzerland, August 19, 2016.

Amrita Ghatak
Burden of Diseases due to Air Pollution in Urban India, June 10, 2016.

Ishita Dey
Genealogy of a ‘Moira’, June 3, 2016.

V Shanthakumar
Schooling for All: Can We Neglect the Demand, April 29, 2016.

Ananta Kumar Giri
Poetics of Development, April 1, 2016.

Azizur Rahman Khan
Bangladesh: The Next Asian Tiger, March 3, 2016.

R Nagaraj
What is Wrong with the New GDP Estimates, February 19, 2016.

Deepankar Basu
Profitability and Investment in India’s Organized Manufacturing Sector: A Marxian Perspective, February 5, 2016.

Ranjan Ray
Global and Country Poverty Rates, Welfare Rankings of the Regions and Purchasing Power Parities: How Robust are the Results, January 21, 2016.


Maria Cristina Marcuzzo
The Waning of the Quantity Theory of Money: The Quantitative Easing Vindicates its Critics, December 21, 2015.

Robert Pollin
Economics and Politics of Austerity in the U.S. and Europe, October 28, 2015.

S. Subramanian
The Inequity of Money-metric Poverty in India, April 9, 2015.

Jayati Ghosh
Emerging Alternatives to Neoliberalism in the Global South, March 27, 2015.

Amit Bhaduri
A Study in Development by Dispossession, March 20, 2015.

Maitreesh Ghatak
Inequality or Poverty, February 19, 2015.

Betsy Hartmann
Population Politics Today: Gender, Climate and Strategic Demography, February 6, 2015.


Nilanjana Roy
Gains or Pains: Female Inheritance Rights in India and the Health of Young Girls, November 14, 2014.

Jayati Ghosh
In Search of Indian Bourgeoisie : On the Trail of Michael Sprinker following Proust (Fifth Michael Sprinker Lecture), August 1, 2014.

Anupam Das
Does the origin of Remittance Flows Matter for Saving Behaviour: Results from a Bangladeshi Survey, July 25, 2014.

Suman Seth
Measuring Destitution in Developing Countries : An Ordinal Approach for Identifying Linked Subset of Multidimensionally Poor, July 11, 2014.

Subhashish Dey
Electoral Politics and Public Goods Distribution: Evidence from Village Council Election and MG-NREGA Allocation in West Bengal, July 4, 2014.

Siddhartha Chattopadhyay
The Inflation Target at the Zero Lower Bound, June 26, 2014.

Prasenjit Bose
The Perils of Borrowed Prosperity, May 8, 2014.

Rosinka Chaudhuri
Two Ways of Thinking About Criticism, May 2, 2014.

Guilhem Fabre
The Lion’s Share : What is Behind China’s Economic Slowdown, April 25, 2014.

Subrata Ghoshroy
Scientific Research in the US: The Military Academic Complex, March 28, 2014.

Stig Toft Madsen
Ripples on the Plains, March 25, 2014.

Dhrubajyoti Ghosh
East Kolkata Wetlands : Patterns, Non-linearities and Narratives, February 26, 2014.

Bhaskar Dutta
Systems Biology and Medicine : An Interdisciplinary Vision of the Future, February 24, 2014.


Dilip Dutta
Relevance of Neo-structuralist and New Institutionalist Methodologies for the Analysis of the Development Process over the last Two decades, October 31, 2013.

Vivek Chibber
The prospects for developmentalism in the twenty-first century, July 11, 2013.

Samiparna Samanta
“Unwholesome Meat” and paranoia: Examining the slaughterhouse, July 5, 2013.

Vijay Prashad
Arab Spring and the role of the “Great Powers”, January 30, 2013.

Sir James Mirrlees
Optimal growth in developing economies, January 10, 2013.


David Washbrook
The importance of being female : Demography and development in South India in 19th and 20th centuries, December 14, 2012.

Taimur Rahman
Class structure of Pakistan, November 30,2012.

D Narayana
Health care insurance for the poor, November 7, 2012.

Anthony P D’Costa
Compressed capitalism in India: Is that another variety?, October 16,2012.

Aparajita Dasgupta
Can the major public works program in India buffer negative shocks in early childhood? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, September 17, 2012.

Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Theorizing in a hall of prisms: Italy and the origins of contextual political economy, September 5, 2012.

Agnirup Sarkar
Financial intermediation and economic growth: The post liberalization Indian experience, August 31, 2012.

Prasannan Parthasarathi
Why Europe grew rich and Asia did not?, July 23,2012.

Aijaz Ahmad
‘Returns’ to Marx : Derrida, Badiou, Zizek (Fourth Michael Sprinker Lecture), March 22, 2012.

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate
Occupy Wall Street movement and the future of the world economy, January 14, 2012.

Martha Nussbaum
The new religious intolerance: Fear and philosophical principles, January 5, 2012


P. Sainath
Death on the Farm: Agrarian Crisis and Inequality (Third Michael Sprinker Lecture), March 7, 2011.


Pranab Kumar Sen, Cary C. Boshamer
Development and management of national health plans: Health economics and statistical perspectives, December 22, 2010

David Washbrook
Problem of capitalism in twentieth-century India, December 7, 2010

Parikshit Kumar Basu
Socio-cultural changes to economic growth in China-looking ahead, November 22, 2010

Anthony P. D’Costa
Geography, uneven development and distributive justice: The political economy of IT growth in India, November 15, 2010


Golam S. Khan
Cultural distinctiveness between East and West Bengal Hindus following partition-migration during and after 1946-47, December 29, 2009

Ashwani Saith
Inequality: Reflections on a silent pandemic, December 18, 2009

David Washbrook
Excavating modernity: Conflicts and contradictions in colonialism, December 4, 2009

Gordon Johnson
Universities and society, November 18, 2009

Jan Breman
Great transformation in Asia, September 9, 2009

Shailaja Fennell
Development studies in Cambridge, August 3, 2009

Sir James Mirrlees
Bad markets and the current crisis: Investment and lending, January 28, 2009

Anthony P. D’ Costa
The barbarians are here, January 9, 2009

Sir James Mirrlees
China-India: Innovation, Transformation, Displacement and Growth, December 21-23, 2009


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
The legacy of Derrida?, August 4, 2008

Sudipta Sen
Man-slaughter, medicine and law in the late eighteenth century British India, May 28, 2008

Dilip M. Nachane
Capital account convertibility, March 27, 2008

Martha Nussbaum
Compassion and violence against women, March 18, 2008

Diane P. Wood
The winding road toward equality for women in the United States, March 18, 2008

Ugo Pagano
Primates’ fertilization systems and the evolution of the human brain, February 8, 2008

Francesca Bettio
Occupational segregation and gender wage disparities in developed economies, February 8, 2008

Preben Kaarsholm
Migration, Islam and identity strategies in KwaZulu natal, February 4, 2008

Dilip Dutta
The retail sector of India – A structuralist analysis, January 11, 2008

Arjun Sengupta
India’s Informal Economy: Conditions of Work and Promotion of Livelihoods, NCEUS, February 13, 2008


Oliver Mendelsohn
Law and civil society in India, December 12, 2007

Maria Cristina Marcuzzo
Cambridge as a place in Economics, December 5, 2007

Martha Nussbaum
Education and human development, November 20, 2007

Joseph Stiglitz
Making globalization work, November 2, 2007

Debjani Sengupta
The self-help group movement in West Bengal, October 12, 2007

Nighat S. Khan
Tenant struggle in Okara and Khanewal (Pakistan), September 5, 2007

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee
Randomized evaluations and the demand for healthcare, August 23, 2007

Marcus Rediker
The floating dungeon: The slave ship in the history of capitalism, August 6, 2007

Dipankar Coondoo
Underemployment in India: Measurement and some analysis based on NSS, 61st Round, June 1, 2007

Jayasree Basu
Spatial analysis of access to primary care: An Overview of findings, February 23, 2007

Jaideep Hardikar
Politics of farmers’ suicide in Vidarbha, February 20, 2007

Rada Ivekovic
Uprisings of the underprivileged: France 2003, 2005, January 12, 2007


Ranabir Chakravarty
Blockading the Gulf of Eden: A Bishop’s Blueprint (14th Century), December 20, 2006

Henrike Lott
Farmers’ suicides in India: A challenge to governance and strategic reform, November 10, 2006

Sugata Bose
Historical antecedents of contemporary globalization, August 21, 2006

Abhijit Banerjee
Corruption and ethnic politics, August 7, 2006

Tanika Sarkar
Fire-eaters: Law and faith in early colonial Bengal, July 17, 2006

Yingyi Qian
Transformation in China since 1978, July 4, 2006

Irfan Habib
Towards writing people’s history of India, February 21, 2006

Peter Kulchyski
Aboriginal rights in Canada, February 10, 2006

Marika Vicziany
Bang for the buck: Chinese and Indian defence expenditures, February 6, 2006


Abhijit Banerjee and Arundhati Banerjee
The name of the disease: Challenges of delivering health care in rural India, December 26, 2005

Indraneel Dasgupta
Evasive reform: Informalisation in a liberalized economy with wage-setting unions, December 23, 2005

Robin Ghosh
Adam Smith on capital accumulation and economic growth: Another perspective, November 11, 2005

Immanuel Ness
Workers of the world: Class struggle and the politics of global labour migration, October 5, 2005

Binayak Ray
Corruption: Perceptions, realities and policy implications, September 9, 2005

Amartya Sen
The ancient argument and modern democracy, July 31, 2005

Des Gasper
Subjective and objective well being, July 22, 2005

Jawhar Sircar, IAS
The construction of the Hindu identity in medieval Western Bengal: The role of popular cults, May 11, 2005

Himani Bannerji
Versions of modernity: decolonization and nationalism in Rabindranath Tagore and recent post-colonialists, March 28, 2005

Anthony D’Costa
Doing industry studies: Context, theories and research questions, March 11, 2005

Tapas Majumdar
Elementary education policy in India, February 4, 2005

Rada Ivekovic
Politics of reason, January 22, 2005

Indranil Dasgupta
Community and class antagonism, January 14, 2005

Dilip Dutta
Social shaping of India’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector, January 7, 2005


Howard Guille
Education, markets and GATS, December 7, 2004

S. M. Naseem
Pakistani perceptions about Indian economic growth and regional cooperation, December 6, 2004

Dale Whittington
The costs and benefits of municipal water and sanitation in developing countries: A global perspective, November 16, 2004

Bernard Gert
Technology and the definition of death, October 6, 2004

Ramprasad Sengupta
Impact of highway development on poverty, August 11, 2004

Amartya Sen
Democracy and the future of India, July 14, 2004

Benjamin Powis
Penetrating localities: Participation and party building at the grassroots in Andhra Pradesh, April 16, 2004

Guy Standing
Globalization and labour market facility, April 6, 2004

A. R. Khan
Economic growth and inequality in China before and after the Asian financial crisis, February 7, 2004

Samir Amin
Globalisation of resistance, January 28, 2004

Barsha Khattry
Indonesia: Loosening the fiscal constraint, January 19, 2004


Shahriar Kabir
Collection and preservation of the history of political and social movements in the subcontinent and rise of militant fundamentalism in Bangladesh, September 24, 2003

Satish Agnihotri
Use of mapping technique in social policy analysis, May 15, 2003

Victor A Van Bijlert
Revolutionaries and modernity, May 12, 2003

Himani Bannerji
Brahminism, gender and ethnic nationalism, April 16, 2003

Sadhan Chattopadhyay
Growth and structural change in the economy of Gujarat, 1971-2000-01, April 9, 2003

Martha C. Nussbaum
Capabilities as fundamental entitlements: Sen and social justice, January 29, 2003

Subrata Dasgupta
Cognitive science and creativity, January 16, 2003

Mark Selden
Global perspectives on war and terror in the long twentieth century, January 9, 2003


Sucheta Mazumdar
China and global history, December 23, 2002