Barbara Harriss-White

barbara.harriss-white@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme
School of Area Studies
11 Bevington Road
Oxford
OX2 6LH

Themes
Professor
Barbara
Harriss-White
Emeritus Professor of Development Studies
 

Barbara's research interests lie in the economics of agricultural markets, especially in India, and in other aspects of deprivation caused (in part) by markets, such as poverty and malnutrition.

Barbara’s research interests in food systems date from 1969. On the one hand they lie in the economics of agricultural markets, India’s socially regulated informal economy and agri-business (whch has entailed long-term village and urban studies too); on the other in aspects of deprivation caused (in part) by markets, notably poverty, gender bias, under and mal-nutrition and alcohol, health and disability, destitution, caste discrimination and ageing; and the processes of policy relevant to all of these.

Her current research relates the political economy of a food system to energy, water and GHGs. Among her affiliations, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington and on the advisory council of DFID’s consortium research programme LANSA ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia’. based in Chennai, India.

Barbara is the former Director of Queen Elizabeth House (International Development) and former founder-director of  the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies). She is Now Director of the ESRC-DFID funded Research Project:  Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Technology and Work in Production and Distribution Systems: Rice in India and Co-ordinator of the South Asia research Cluster, Wolfson College.

Website
http://www.area-studies.ox.ac.uk/staff_a-z_directory/staff2/bharrisswhite
http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/clusters/south-asia/climate-change-in-India

Recent Relevant Publications: 

(co) author of 17 books; (co) editor of 18 books; (co) author of 13 consultancy reports to Un agencies; contributors of 117 chapters to edited books, 95 journal  papers  and 66 working papers/web-based presentations

http://www.area-studies.ox.ac.uk/staff_a-z_directory/staff2/bharrisswhite

BOOKS

2004 (with S. Janakarajan and others) RURAL INDIA FACING THE 21ST CENTURY London, Anthem Press

2008  RURAL COMMERCIAL CAPITAL : AGRICULTURAL MARKETS IN WEST BENGAL , OUP New Delhi

2012   LOCAL CAPITALISM: AGRI-BUSINESS IN NORTHERN TAMIL NADU, 1970-2010  Three Essays Press also http://www.southasia.ox.ac.uk/research/work_in_progress/work_in_progress_papers

EDITED BOOKS/SPECIAL ISSUES

1984 (Arnold Pacey and Philip Payne) AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND NUTRITION London, Hutchinson for FAO and UNICEF

1994 (with Sir Raymond Hoffenberg) FOOD : Multidisciplinary Essays, Oxford Blackwells

2008 (with Supriya Garikipati) INDIA'S SEMI ARID RURAL ECONOMY: LIVELIHOODS, SEASONAL MIGRATION AND GENDER European Journal of Development Research (Special Issue) vol 20, no 4

(with Judith Heyer) 2010 THE COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT : Africa and South Asia    (Routledge)

(with Elisabetta Basile) 2010 INDIA’S INFORMAL CAPITALISM AND ITS REGULATION   International Review of Sociology (SPECIAL ISSUE) vol 20 no 3

CHAPTERS

2011   Theoretical Plurality in Markets conceived as Social and Political Institutions ch 2 pp 25-42 (in (ed ) J Gertel Economic Spaces of Pastoral Production and Commodity Systems: Markets and Livelihoods  ISBN 978-1-4094-2531-1 , Ashgate.

PAPERS

2009 (with Deepak Mishra and Vandana Upadhyay)  ‘Institutional Diversity and Capitalist Transformation: The Political Economy of Agrarian Change in Arunachal Pradesh’ Journal of Agrarian Change  9,4, pp512-547

2011 with  Alpa Shah ‘Resurrecting Scholarship on Agrarian Transformations’  Economic and Political Weekly September 17, 2011 vol xlvI no 38

2012 with Niaz Khan ‘The Ghost in the Machine:   Bangladesh Forest Policy Discourse’ Economic and Political Weekly vol 47 no 17 April 28th pp100-8

Working Papers

2008   Can Agriculture drive development and reduce poverty?
Debating the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development Swedish Agricultural University Uppsala

http://www.sol.slu.se/rural/index.asp

http://spectare.ucl.slu.se/nlfak/2008/sol/wdr/sol4/sol4.html

2010 Capitalism and the Common Man: four decades of Development in Africa and South Asia

http://www.southasia.ox.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/36585/Oxford_University_CSASP_-_Work_in_Progress_Paper_2.pdf