Awanish Kumar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Agrarian Studies
  • Caste
  • Social Policy
  • Social Movements


Awanish Kumar is currently a part of the School of Development, Azim Premji University. He is also Honorary Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (since April 2023), and Consulting Editor (Book Reviews), Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai (since November 2018).

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, he was a British Academy Newton International Fellow (2021 – 2023) at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He has taught at the School of Development, Azim Premji University (20202021) and at the postgraduate department of Public Policy at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai (2015 – 2020).

His training is in the area of political economy of development, with specialisation in village studies as a methodology. He has conducted intensive fieldwork in the rural areas of Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab, and Jharkhand. Currently, he is working towards his first monograph to be published as part of the British Academy Monograph Series by the Oxford University Press.

He completed his PhD in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in 2019. He has a certificate of specialisation in Sustainable Development from International Graduate School North-South (graduate school of Universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich). He qualified the UGC-National Eligibility Test in Economics in December 2012.

He has an MA and MPhil in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.



  • Kumar, A. (forthcoming). Caste and Land in India. British Academy Monograph Series. Oxford University Press. 

Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Book Reviews

Conference Publication

Newspaper Articles

Magazine Article


  • Kumar, A. & Dixit, A. (2010). Is a Universal PDS Financially Feasible in India?, Research Brief 4, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
  • Kumar, A. (2010). Mid-Term Appraisal of the Eleventh Five Year Plan for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Planning Commission, New Delhi.
  • Ramakumar, R., Raut, K., Kumar, A. (2009). Agrarian Change in Rural Maharashtra: A Resurvey of Dongargaon village, Akola District, Maharashtra. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.