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Arindam Banerjee

Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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School of Liberal Studies

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Dr Banerjee did his MA and PhD in Economics from the Centre for EconomicStudies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His doctoral thesis looked at causes behind the on-going agrarian crisis in India and its impact of the agrarian relations in the country. He has been the recipient ofthe Junior Research fellowship from the Foundation of Agrarian Studies between 2004 and 2006.

His areas of interest are Food and Agricultural Economics, Political Economy, Economic Thought, Sustainable Development, Poverty and Nutrition


Past Employment

Consultant in Research and Information System in Developing Countries, New Delhi (January, 2010 to March, 2011).
Assistant Professor in Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India (July, 2008 to December, 2009).
Senior Economist at Economic Research Foundation, New Delhi, India in 2007-08.



Articles in Journals/Edited Volumes

‘From Agrarian Crisis to Global Economic Crisis: Neo-liberalism and the Indian Peasantry’ forthcoming in the book ‘The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change’ (eds.) Peter Utting, ShahraRazavi and Rebecca Buchholz, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom.

Nair, K. N. and Arindam Banerjee (2011) ‘Structural Changes in Land Distribution and Its Implications for Improving Access to Land’ in D. Narayana and Raman Mahadevan (eds.)Shaping India: Land, Population, Institutions and State in Historical Perspective, Routledge, New Delhi

Banerjee, Arindam (2011) ‘Food, Feed, Fuel: Transforming the Competition for Grains’, Development and Change, Vol. 42 No.2, pp: 529–557

Banerjee, Arindam (2009)‘Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Rural Economy in India: Intensification of the Agrarian Distress’ Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.2 No.1, Jan-Jun

Banerjee, Arindam (2009)‘Peasant Classes under Neo-liberalism: A Class Analysis of Two states’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44(15), April 11


Working Papers

‘Revisiting the Global Food Crisis: Magnitude, Causes, Impact and Policy Options’, RIS Discussion Paper No. 170. October 2010(available at


‘The Food-Feed-Fuel Triangle: Implications of Corn-Based Ethanol for Grain-Use Competition’, RIS Discussion PaperNo. 167. August 2010 (available at

‘Peasant Classes, Farm Incomes and Rural Indebtedness: An Analysis of Household Production Data from two States’, CDS Working Paper No. 410, March, 2009

Book Reviews

Review of Economic and Environmental Sustainability of the Asian Region (eds.) Sucha Singh Gill, Lakhwinder Singh and ReenaMarwah in South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 12(1), 2011, pp: 155-9


Country reports for Oman and Bahrain as part of the study on ‘Financial Crisis in the Gulf and its Impact on South Asian Migrant Workers’undertaken by Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum in 2009.

Other Writings

‘The Political Economy of Rotting Food Stocks’, web article in, 17th September, 2010

‘Challenges to Food Security in South Asia’, RIS Policy Brief, No. 47. April 2010

‘The Advent of Corn-based Ethanol: A Re-examination of the Competition for Grains’, RIS Policy Brief, No. 46. March 2010 (also available as IDEAS News Analysis at

‘Hunger and its Underlying Causes: A Broad Indian View’, IDEAs Featured Article, November 7, 2008 available at

‘Rejection of EPAs by Africa: Implications for the Developing World’, IDEAs News Analysis, December 22, 2007 available at

‘From Famines to Food Surplus: The Malawi Experience’, IDEAs News Analysis, December 10, 2007 available at


Professionl Activities/Awards


‘Patterns of Labour Exploitation and Accumulation under Neo-liberalism: A peasant-class approach’ at the Conference on ‘Accumulation, Immiserisation and Development’ organized by the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on March 7-9, 2011 (in honour ofPrabhatPatnaik andUtsaPatnaik.

Rapporteur at the international conference on ‘New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture’ organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy on 24 - 25 January, 2011.

‘Identification of the Poor in the context of the National Food Security Bill’ at the National Symposium on ‘Social Attributes of Exclusion & Poverty in Rural India: Issues for Identification and Inclusive Policy’ organized by the UGC Centre for Study of Social Exclusion And Inclusive Policy, University Of Rajasthan on 12-13 Jan, 2011, Jaipur

‘Structural Changes in Land Distribution and Its Implications for Improving Access to Land’ at National Seminar on ‘Land Policies for Accelerated and Inclusive Rural Growth’ organized by Rural Development Institute and Council for Social Development on 9-10 November, 2010, New Delhi Panelist in the session on ‘Diversification and De-carbonization’ at the ESCAP/WTO/UNCTAD/ARTNeT Research Workshop on ‘Trade Diversification in the Context of Global Challenges’ held at Economic Research Institute of Trade (ERIT) on 27-29 October, 2010, Vientiane.

‘The Political Economy of Contemporary Global Hunger: Exploring the ideological roots of under-nutrition’ at National Seminar on ‘Food Security in India during the Era of Globalization’ organized by the Department of Economics, University of Hyderabad on March 29-30, 2010, Hyderabad  ‘The ‘New’ Competition for Grains: Implications of grain-based bio-fuels for Cereal-Use Equilibrium’ at the Young Scholars’ Seminar organized by Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University on March 14-15, 2010, New Delhi.

‘Trade in Agricultural Goods and Inclusive Development’ at the Workshop on Trade, Investment and Regional Integration: Lessons for Policymakersorganized by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and UNESCAP on March 11-12, 2010, New Delhi.

‘Emerging Constraints on Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries under Neo-liberalism and Impact of the Global Crisis: Evidence from the rural economy in India’ at the International Conference organized by the UNRISD on ‘Social and Political Dimensions of the Global Crisis: Implications for Developing Countries’ on the12–13 November 2009 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

‘Global Financial Crisis and Job-loss: Implications for the Rural Economy’ at National Seminar organized by the Centre for Trade, Development and Governance (C-TDG), School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University on ‘Global Financial Crisis: Implications for India’ at Kottayam, Kerala, India on 12-13th, January, 2009.

‘Neo-Liberal Economic Policy and Peasant Classes: The question of farm profitability and indebtedness in Indian agriculture’ at International Workshop and Conference organized by IDEAS on ‘Policy Perspectives on Growth, Economic Structures and Poverty Reduction’, Tshinghua University,Beijing on 3-9 June, 2007.

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