A British Academy UK-South Asia Partnership involving the following:

Alpa Shah is the lead UK partner. A lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alpa Shah’s research focuses on addressing the reproduction of social inequality and the resultant implications for and experiences of marginalised people. She has authored several articles on migration, democracy, development, indigeneity and the Maoist movement. 'In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics in Jharkhand', India is her forthcoming monograph to be published by Duke University Press, 2010. To contact Alpa Shah write to a.shah (

Mukta Lama is the lead Nepal partner. An anthropologist at Tribhuvan, Mukta Lama’s PhD research (recently completed at Cornell) focused on indigenous people’s movements and inclusive social development. Mukta Lama is currently involved in initial policy work on designing an ethnographic survey of Nepal and is also working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Indigenous Peoples rights. To contact Mukta Lama write to mukta12 (

Ajay Gudhavarthy is the lead India partner. An assistant professor at the Centre for Political Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and previously at the National Law School in India, he has extensive experience of research on legal and constitutional history, human rights and social movements. To contact Ajay Gudhavarthy write to gudavarthiajay (

Sara Shneiderman is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on the emergence of Nepal's Maoist movement and political consciousness; ethnicity, ethnic classification and affirmative action; ritual and religious practice; and gender, agency and identity. Her doctoral work explored the cross-border production of ethnic identity for the Thangmi community in Nepal, India, and China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, focusing on how legislated difference affects ethnic representation and cultural practice. She is now beginning a project on the discourses, practices, and cultural effects of federal restructuring in Nepal. To contact Sara Shneiderman write to sbs31 (

Rob Higham, Educationalist at Institute of Education, is an RCUK Research Fellow at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Faculty of Education, Policy and Society. He has extensive policy experience in the British Government on education and social inclusion. His doctoral work concerned social justice and higher education in South Africa and his current research includes the impact of affirmative action on inequalities in education and employment in India and South Africa. Rob also leads a number of research projects on school improvement, collaboration and leadership in England and he is the lead author of Higham, Hopkins and Matthews’ System Leadership in Practice (Open University Press, 2009). To contact Rob Higham write to r.higham (

Sanghamitra Mishra, historian at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, is a Lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Sanghamitra Mishra brings experience of research on historical debates on classification, borders and identity construction. Her doctoral thesis (from SOAS in 2004) as well as her current research focused on issues of space and identity in the borderlands of northeastern India. This includes research into spatial strategies of the state, a concern that will be of significance to the project. More specifically she is involved in understanding the institution of the census in colonial and post-colonial India as well as in some analyses of data for the purposes of building a comparative model of social categorization in India and Nepal. To write to Sanghamitra Mishra write to sanghamitramisra (