Ashok Kumar Sircar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Rural Livelihoods
  • Land Question
  • Local Democracy
  • Civil Society
  • Alternative Development


Ashok Sircar leads the Centre for Local Democracy.

He has been with Azim Premji University from 2011, and for the last five years, had headed the School of Development.

He teaches a course on Political Economy of Land and Development in India, and Local Democracy and Development in India. He also earlier taught a course on Women and Work in India. Ashok has worked in the Electronics industry for 15 years producing very sophisticated electronic components for space and military applications, followed by a stint in the NGO sector working for another 12 years, in grassroot to international organisations, and the last 10 years in academia.

Certificate Courses

Publications and Writings

Book Chapter

Chapter on Policies and Programmes on Livelihoods in State of India’s Livelihoods Report in 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 published by Sage and Oxford. 

Policy Brief

Policy Brief on Women’s Land Rights, Oxfam India, 2015 Reflections on Livelihoods Policies: A chapter in SOIL Report in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 (forthcoming) published by Sage (2011, 2012, 2013) and Oxford (2014)

Conference Proceedings

What is preventing Indian women from getting their land rights: A study of implementation of Hindu Succession Act amendment 2005: published in Proceedings of the World Bank Land & Poverty Conference 2014.

Journal Article

Right to Public Services Laws: EPW, May 5th, 2012.

Working Paper

Women transforming Indian Agriculture: A collection of case studies from Kudumboshree-Kerala and IKP-Andhra Pradesh-2013: Published by Landesa India.