I am an applied economist, with an undergraduate education from Presidency College, Calcutta, and masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. Since graduation from USC in 1994, I have worked both within and outside of academics in Bulgaria, Germany, India and the
United Kingdom. Currently, I have a Chair in Finance at the Management School at the University of Sheffield. I am also a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute of Labor Economics, and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization.
wear some other hats as well, as a member of the peer-review college of ESRC, including for the GCRF Peer Review Group, and as an expert at large for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission. I am also an Associate Editor of Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, a former member of the Editorial Board of Economic Systems, and have recently accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Review Board of Journal of World Business. Given my early specialization
in development economics, I have an abiding interest in issues related to economic development. However, over the years, my
research focus has shifted and my ongoing research is focused largely on ownership-organizational forms such as family firms
and business groups that dominate the corporate landscape in emerging market economies, banks and credit markets, and multinational
firms. Over time, I have also developed a keen interest in the political economy of policy making, and the wider issue of
governance, and these will dominate my research work in the foreseeable futures. As such, my research is empirical in nature,
and, unsurprisingly perhaps, India features significantly in it as a context of analysis.
The empirical/evidence-based nature of my research has led to project
work for organizations such as the (erstwhile) UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, NESTA and UK Trade & Investment. I was also associated with
the ESRC-funded Enterprise Research Centre and, in the past, have done some work with/for organizations such as the Conference Board and the World Bank. A fair proportion of my research output has been underpinned by financial support from funding agencies
such as the UK Department for International Development, ESRC, the British Academy (links to some examples) and the UK-India Education and Research Initiative.
from academic writing, I enjoy engaging with a wider audience through publications such as The Conversation and byte-size interviews on BBC's Bengali Service.
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