Operations and Systems Management

Dr Ritanjan Das

  • Qualifications: PhD (LSE), MSc (LSE), Masters, PGCert, PGDip, BSc (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844131
  • Email: ritanjan.das@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Operations and Systems Management
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Ritanjan Das received his PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Law. Dr. Das works in the domain of political economy of development, and specialises on India/South Asia. His current research focuses on development politics, state and the market, communism and Marxist political philosophy, land, dispossession, power and cultural identities in contemporary India. He has recently published his first book, titled Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India: A Contradictory Manifesto (Routledge), and has also published in journals such as the European Journal of Anthropology, Journal of South Asian Development, SAMAJ, etc. A political anthropologist, Dr. Das has extensive experience of conducting ethnographic research in India, and has been recently awarded a grant by the International Institute of Social Studies (Hague, Netherlands) to work on a collaborative project on the rise of authoritarian populism across the globe. Dr. Das is fluent in Bengali and Hindi, and also has a basic knowledge of French and Arabic. He is also a frequent guest lecturer in various Indian universities.    


Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Das teaches on a variety of units focusing on governance, information economy, digital ethics, and quantitative analysis.


Dr. Das’s research interests include:

  • Economic development
  • Democratic institutions
  • Party-politics
  • Neoliberalism and economic reforms
  • Political anthropology
  • South Asia
  • Digital ethics and e-governance


  • Winner of a Research Grant from the International Institute of Social Studies (Hague, Netherlands) for a large scale comparative project titled Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) (www.iss.nl/erpi). July 2017
  • Received a Research Project Fund award from the University of Portsmouth for a project titled Partisan Alignment to Patronage Democracy: Ethnographic Accounts from Village Councils in India. June 2017                                                                                      

Research profile

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