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Dr. Ipshita Basu

Ipshita Basu is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster, London. She teaches the module "Narratives and the Cultural Factor".

Ipshita Basu

Ipshita Basu

Module: Policy Issues: Narratives and the Cultural Factor

Ipshita Basu is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster's Department of Politics and International Relations, London. Prior to this, she was Lecturer at University of Surrey (2012-2015) and Head of Research at BRAC's Institute of Governance Studies (2011-2012) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ipshita is a political sociologist specializing on governance and policy processes in South Asia.

Her research over the last 11 years has unpacked the relation between development policy narratives and the politics of identity. She has done this by engaging in issues such as redistributive justice, middle classes, urban governance and emerging power projection. Ipshita holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Bath and an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Warwick.

Selected Publications: 

Edited Books:

Basu, I./Devine, J./Wood, G. (2017): Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes. London: Routledge. 

Basu, I./Aminuzzaman, M. A./Khair, R. (eds.) (2013): Governance at Crossroads: Insights from Bangladesh. University Press Limited and BRAC.

Journal Articles:

Basu, I. (2011): Security and Development: are they two sides of the same coin?”  Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism, in: Contemporary South Asia Vol. 19 Issue 4.

Basu, I. (2012): Uncovering the ‘politics’ of recognition and redistribution: Regional Development, politics of tribal identity and distributive justice in Jharkhand, India, in: Development and Change Vol. 43 Issue 6.



Basu, I. (2016): 'Modi Fights to Strengthen his Hand in India's State Elections.' The Conversation, 6 May 2016. (Available from: http://theconversation.com/modi-fights-to-strengthen-his-hand-in-indias-state-elections-57382)

Basu, I. (2011): ‘Egypt’s Silenced Subaltern’ Countercurrents. Org 13 Feb 2011. (Available from: http://www.countercurrents.org/basu130211.htm)

Basu, I./Khalid, M. (2012): ‘Gendered Patterns in Voting and Political Participation.’ Daily Star 19 Jan 2012. (Available from: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=218916)

Basu, I. (2012): 'Dhaka's Invisible Inhabitants.' Daily Star 18 Sep 2012. (Available from: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=250142)

Policy Issues: Narratives and the Cultural Factor


  • Ipshita Basu instructor International Relations Online IR Freie Universitaet Berlin module Culture