Areas of Interest & Expertise
Political Economy of India, Informal Labor, Marxian Political Economy, Capitalism and Crisis, Political Economy of Mass Media, Economics of Sports, Economics of Digital Media
Rahul De is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
Rahul is a senior lecturer in Economics. He has received his PhD in economics from the University of Hyderabad. His PhD thesis studies the history of capitalist development in India since independence. Having grown up in the nineties, Rahul experienced some of the drastic transformations that the Indian economy went through post-liberalisation in 1991, which include the introduction of private television channels, internet, cell phones and malls. Life in the 1990s was vastly different from everyday life for his parents’ generation in the 1960s and 1970s.
His research is oriented towards understanding how these changes came about and what are its socio-political-economic consequences. He has recently published a paper in Economic and Political Weekly tracing the role of private media in shaping economic policies in India. He is also interested in applying economic theory to areas not traditionally considered as part of the discipline. His is currently working on understanding the economics of the Indian Premier League.
Having done his education in economics from Delhi (BA) and University of Hyderabad (MA), he found his classroom education insufficient to understand contemporary India. This motivated him to become a teacher to ensure that students gain a more wholesome understanding of economic theory and how it can be used to understand the world around them.
Rahul has played basketball and cricket at university level and is actively involved in coordinating the sports program at the school of liberal studies.
Multiple perspectives on the Indian economy.
Publications and Writings
- (2020), “Mechanisms of Surplus Appropriation in the informal sector: A case study of tribal migrants in Ahmedabad’s Construction Industry.”, CSE Working Paper.
- (2019), “Review of C.T. Kuriens’s, Economics of Real-Life: A New Exposition”, Economics and Political Weekly. vol 54, no.21
- Working on an ongoing book project for CUP titled “Economic Policy in India: A history of Crisis, Contestation and Consensus.”
- (2018), “Review of Ronojoy Sen,Nation at Play: A History of Sports in India”, South Asia Research. vol 38, no.3, pp.347 – 358 DOI:10.1177/0262728018798961
- (2018), De, Rahul , ‘What Does CORE’s The Economy offer Students and Teachers?’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, no.31
- (2018), De, Rahul and Thomas, Alex, Rethinking Undergraduate Economics Education, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, no.3
- Exploitative Informal Labour Process in India: A Conceptualisation: May 2017.
- (2017) “India’s Liberalisation and newspapers: Public discourse around reforms”, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. LII, no. 27, pp. 48 – 54.
- (2017) “Review of Chant and Mcilwaine, Cities, slums and gender in the global south: Towards a feminised urban future”, Decision, vol. 44, no. 2. DOI:10.1007/s40622-017‑0150‑z.
- “If the US sneezes India need not catch a cold”: Representations of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis in Indian Print Media”, Journal of Creative Communication, SAGE: Ahmedabad, India. Vol 7, Number 1 & 2, March and July 2012.
- Vakulabharanam, V and De, Rahul “Growth and Distribution Regimes in India after Independence”, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol 105 (6), pp 1 – 20.
- Modules for UGC E‑pathshala (online learning) cultural studies course. Modules are on: “understanding the ‘packaging’ of sporting cultures in age of television and “development of concepts of ideology/hegemony in 20th century western cultural theories”.
- ‘Studying economics in India’, Deccan Herald, April 14 2016.
- “Paper plane factory”, Teacher Plus, June 6 2016.
- “Should surge pricing be regulated?’, The Dialogue, May 25 2016.
- “The landscape of higher education in India”, The Dialogue, May 25 2016.