School of Public Policy and Governance

Projects & Initiatives


Cities, Social History and Muslim Entrepreneurs


The research directed by Aseem Prakash project aims to write the social history of select cities from the vantage point of successful Muslim entrepreneurs who control significant proportions of economic activities in that particular city. In other words, how and why certain economic activities (for instance spices in Kozhikode, perfume in Lucknow, restaurants and bakeries in Hyderabad) flourished in these cities and how Muslims acquired a dominant position in these economic sectors. The project endeavours to connect the business history of successful entrepreneurs to the “socioeconomic” history of the particular economic sector in which they have succeeded and then examine ...

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Haunted by Their Persecuted Pasts: The Stateless Rohingyas and the Challenges of Relocation in Urban India


The research project led by Amit Upadhyay seeks to reduce the vulnerability of Rohingya refugees/asylum seekers especially women, children and youth to protection risks by enabling them to meet their basic needs. There are around 6155 Rohingya refugees/asylum seekers in Jammu and 1717 in Hyderabad. The majority live in slum like, insanitary conditions without adequate shelter, water, sanitation/toilets, food, access to health/education, leading to frequent outbreaks of diseases - TB, malaria and water borne diseases are common. Faculty and students from the MA in School of Public Policy and Governance, from the Social Conflict and Public Policy area concentration is ...

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