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School of Business and Management

Dr Shreya Sinha


Lecturer in Business and Society



Shreya Sinha is a political economist studying agrarian capital, the politics of agricultural markets and rural labour relations, as well as the environmental dimensions of agrarian change. Her work is focused on India, while being in conversation with other regions of the Global South, and is deeply historically-informed. She has wide-ranging experience of intensive, independent and collaborative field research in India.

Shreya has a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS University of London, an MA in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, and has previously taught at the University of Reading, Cambridge, SOAS and LSE.



  • Global Supply Chain Management (BUSM091)

Shreya will be teaching a module on navigating fieldwork as part of the PhD training pathways in 2021-22.

She will also be undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from September 2022, working towards a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests:

Shreya’s research interests include debates in agrarian political economy, political ecology, political economy of development and economic geography, with a regional focus on India. More specifically, her recent and ongoing works are focused across the following inter-related areas:   

  • Agricultural commodity markets and value chains;
  • Agrarian capital and links with non-agricultural sectors;
  • Rural labour relations;
  • Environmental contexts of agrarian production.

Centre and Group Membership:


Journal Articles

Book Chapters 

  • Sinha, S. and Vira, B. 2021. ‘The Rural Non-Farm Economy in India Revisited: From Rural Industrialization to Rural Entrepreneurs’, in Murat Arsel, Anirban Dasgupta and Servaas Storm (ed.) Reclaiming Development Studies: Essays for Ashwani Saith, Anthem Press

Book reviews

  • Sinha, S. 2016. ‘Review of ‘Mapping India's Capitalism: Old and New Regions’, edited by Elisabetta Basile, Barbara Harriss-White and Christine Lutringer, and ‘Middle India and Urban–Rural Development: Four Decades of Change’, edited by Barbara Harriss-White’. Journal of Agrarian Change 16 (3), 507-511 

Other publications (selected) 

Public Engagement

Affiliate, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Shreya is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change and curator of its companion editorial website, Agrarian Questions ( She has been interviewed by media organizations such as BBC Radio and Business Insider, and has written for popular platforms such as The Conversation, on her areas of research expertise, among other forms of public engagement.

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