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Katharine Adeney

Professor and Director of The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Professor Katharine Adeney is Director of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS), and joined the School in 2013, having previously held positions at Sheffield, Balliol College, Oxford and the LSE. She is also the editor of IAPS Dialogue, the knowledge exchange platform of IAPS. Her principal research interests include: the countries of South Asia, especially India and Pakistan; ethnic conflict regulation and institutional design; the creation and maintenance of national identities; the politics of federal states, and democratisation in South Asia. She is co-editor of Government and Opposition (Cambridge). You can follow her @katadeney

She has just completed her involvement in the Leverhulme funded project on Continuity and Change in Indian federalism, particularly on the management of ethnic diversity in India over the last 20 years. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Multilevel Federalism in New Delhi and was a Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She continues to monitor contemporary events in Pakistan, and was Lead Consultant for the Forum of Federations' program in Pakistan which ran between 2009-2011, funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She is a member of the Management Committee of the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, a research grouping involving over 700 staff and 250 postgraduates from 18 different University centres/institutes.

Expertise Summary

The politics of South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan.

Majoritarianism in South Asia

Comparative federal design.

Democratisation.

National and ethnic conflict regulation.

Teaching Summary

Her primary teaching commitments are on modules relating to questions of ethnic conflict, nationalist movements and institutional design, as well as on the politics of Asia, particularly South Asia.… read more

Research Summary

Her current research focuses on South Asian politics, in particular in reference to India and Pakistan

She is currently developing a wider project on Majoritarianism in South Asia, building on her recent article in Representation. As part of this research, she secured funding from the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area to run a symposium on Majoritarian Nationalism and the rights of non-dominant groups, including the countries of South Asia, and elsewhere. She has just completed her involvement in the Leverhulme funded network: 'Continuity and Change in Indian Federalism'. This project ran between 2014 and 2016 and was in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol in the UK and the University of Delhi, Hyderabad University and Burdwan University in India.

Her other interests concern democratisation in Pakistan and the nature of hybrid regimes; building on her recent article in Democratization; problematising the current democratic transition, as well as considering its future trajectory. She is currently expanding this research to a wider comparative project on understanding transitions from military regimes, in collaboration with other area/country specialists.

She organised and edited the #indiavotes2014 blog through the Ballots and Bullets blog, edits IAPS Dialogue and is a regular media commentator.

Selected Publications

Areas of current supervision

Dishil Shrimankar Party competition and fractionalization in India

Veronika Poniscjakova Counter cultures in Israel

Areas of past supervision

What do Sino-Pakistani Relations tell us about civil-military Relations in Pakistan?

The impact of sectarianism on democratic consolidation in Iraq

Rising China and India: Peace or Threat?

Bottom-up and Top Down Nationalism in China

A comparison of the use of religious rhetoric in Iraq 2004-5

The Women's Movement in Brazil

Politics and the Party System of Bangladesh

Her primary teaching commitments are on modules relating to questions of ethnic conflict, nationalist movements and institutional design, as well as on the politics of Asia, particularly South Asia. All these modules are informed by her previous and current research on the countries of South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan.However, she is interested in learning more about the countries of her students as they relate to questions raised on the modules.

She currently teaches on

M11003 Introduction to Comparative Politics

M12097 Political Parties and Party Systems Around the World

M13200 The Politics of Ethnic Conflict

M14148 The Politics of South Asia

M14186 Global Asia

She was nominated for a Staff Oscar in 2015-16, is a committed teacher, having gained teaching experience at four other institutions (Sheffield, Oxford, LSE and SOAS). She has completed an HEA accredited Certificate in Learning and Teaching and is keen to develop her students' analytical skills. She also uses Problem Based Learning in her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Past Research

Her doctoral research at the LSE was a comparative analysis of federalism and ethnic conflict regulation in India and Pakistan. Building on that research enabled her to publish more widely on national identity in India, and on the politics of identity in the constitution making process in Afghanistan.

She has also published on understanding the different outcomes of democratisation in South Asia, together with Andrew Wyatt at the University of Bristol.

She has most recently engaged with developments in the federal system of Pakistan, after the 18th Amendment passed in 2010. This was informed by her engagement with the Forum of Federations' program in the country as Lead Consultant.

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