Shalini Randeria has published widely on the anthropology of globalization, law, the state and social movements. Trained as a sociologist and social anthropologist in Western and non-Western social science traditions, she was exposed to a diversity of disciplinary orientations and theoretical perspectives. Her research on soft authoritarianism; democracy and demography; forced displacement and dispossession; and the politics of (un)accountability has been carried out in collaboration with historians, political scientists and legal scholars. She has led research projects with a comparative perspective on (i) the effects of international investment agreements and arbitration on governance in Argentina, Czech Republic, Mexico, India; (ii) counter-hegemonic globalisation in India, Columbia, Portugal, Mozambique; (iii) the (un)sustainability of changing patterns of food consumption and waste management among middle classes in south and south-east Asia; and most recently (iv) the puzzle of unspent public funds in Italy and India.
- Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 2019 - 2022
- Chair, University of Bremen Excellence (Research Group: Soft Authoritarianisms), 2019 – 2025
- Visiting Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin, 2010 - 2015
- Mercator Fellow, Free University, Berlin (Visiting Professorship as part of the SFB 700 Governance in Spaces of Limited Statehood), 2014 - 2018
- First Woman Rhodes-Scholar, University of Oxford, 1977 - 1980
- Das, V., & Randeria, S. (2015). Politics of the Urban Poor: Aesthetics, Ethics, Volatility, Precarity: An Introduction to Supplement 11. Current Anthropology, 56(S11), S3–S14. https://doi.org/10.1086/682353
- Conrad, S., Randeria, S., & Römhild, R. (2013). Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in Den geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften. Campus Verlag
- Randeria, S., & Grunder, C. (2011). The (Un)Making of Policy in the Shadow of the World Bank: Infrastructure Development, Urban Resettlement and the Cunning State in India. In C. Shore, S. Wright, & D. Però (Eds.), Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power (NED-New edition, 1, pp. 187–204). Berghahn Books. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qcrhn.14
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