Dr Nikita Sud | University of Oxford

Dr Nikita Sud

Associate Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of International Development; Fellow of Wolfson College


Dr Sud’s research focuses on the politics of development, the neo-liberal transformation of postcolonial states and governance, and the political sociology and political economy of contemporary India.

Her recent work has been on the Indian state, in particular, its engagement with development as an idea and in practice; its interaction with minorities based on gender, caste and religion; and the reinvention rather than recession of this entity under economic liberalisation.

She is currently exploring the liberalisation of land in contemporary India. The great land grab, while being politically fraught, forms the infrastructural base of the market economy. Land is a window into the many contests, including those over the environment, that define the ‘new India’. 


  • India's politics and development
  • Gujarat: its economy, politics, development, Chief Minister Narendra Modi
  • Land markets and land liberalisation in Gujarat, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and India more broadly
  • Land grab: politics, economics and environmental implications in India and globally
  • Development policy and NGOs
  • Self Help Groups and women's empowerment
  • The BJP and Hindu nationalism in India
  • Ethnic conflict

Media experience

Dr Sud has considerable media experience, including radio (e.g. BBC Radio 4, Radio France) and print (e.g. The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Tribune, Dainik Bhaskar). Her first job was as a radio presenter(for Yuv Vani, an Indian youth radio station, and for All India Radio).


English, Hindi (both fluent), Gujarati (basic)