Faculty Profile


Dr. Anirban Sengupta

  • Affiliation Assistant Professor
    School of Development Studies
  • Email anirban@aud.ac.in


Dr Anirban Sengupta is a Sociologist by training. He has secured MPhil and PhD degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. As a part of his PhD he had explored the relationship between social capital and entrepreneurship in Information and Communication Technology industry in India. Areas of his research interest include entrepreneurship, social capital, social network, and research methodology.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi Dr Sengupta was working with Christ University, Bangalore as a Lecturer in Department of Sociology there. He has also worked as Lecturer at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. As a researcher in various capacities he has been associated with research projects at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. Besides, he has been involved with preparation of ‘Journal of Abstracts and Reviews: Sociology and Social Anthropology’ published by Indian Council for Social Science Research.

My Zone / Area of Expertise


  • Dr Sengupta’s current research includes exploration of relationship between entrepreneurship and social justice, methodological issues of studying entrepreneurship, and studying the connection between trust and market.

Dr. Sengupta is a life member of Indian Sociological Society. He has received Sir Dorabji Tata Research Scholarship for pursuing M.Phil. degree at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has also received a research fellowship from Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad for consulting the library and faculty members of the Institute for the purpose of Ph.D. research.



  • Sengupta, A. (Accepted for publication). Network Strategy and Access to Business Finance: Indian Entrepreneurs in the Information and Communication Technology Industry. Journal of Entrepreneurship [volume, issue, and page details are not yet finalized].
  • Sengupta, A. (2010). Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: An Analysis of Methodological Issues. Sociological Bulletin 59(3): 323-344.
  • Wankhede, G.G. and Sengupta, A. (2005). Village Education Committee in West Bengal, India: Planned Vision and Beyond. International Journal of Educational Development 25(5): 569-579.


  • Sengupta, A. (2009). [Review of a book In an Outpost of the Global Economy: Work and Workers in India’s Information Technology Industry Edited by Carol Upadhya and A.R. Vasavi, 2008, New Delhi: Routledge]. Sociological Bulletin, 58(2): 274-276.
  • Sengupta, A. (2007). [Review of a book Power matters: Essays on Institutions, Politics, and Society in India by John Harriss, 2006, Delhi: Oxford University Press]. Sociological Bulletin, 56(2): 315-317.
  • Sengupta, A. (2003). [Review of a book Community Participation and Empowerment in Primary Education Edited by R. Govinda and Rashmi Diwan, 2003, New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London: Sage Publications]. The Indian Journal of Social Work, 64(4): 572-575.
  • Sengupta, A. (2001). [Review of a book Decentralization of Education: Why, When, What and How? by Noel F. McGinn and Thomas Welsh, 1999, Paris: UNESCO]. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, XV (1): 128-130.

Seminar / Conferences


  • Sengupta, A. (2007). Policy and Development of Technopreneurship: Information and Communication Technology Industry in India. Paper presented at Seventh Biennial Conference on The New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship held at Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad.
  • Sengupta, A. (2007). Entrepreneurship and Resource Potential of Social Network: Case Studies from Information and Communication Technology industry. Paper presented at International Conference on Social Network Analysis held at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
  • Sengupta, A. (2002). Globalization and Changing Youth Realities: A Study of Mumbai. Paper presented at All India Sociological Conference held at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.