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Arnab Roy Chowdhury

  • Arnab Roy Chowdhury has been at HSE University since 2017.



Education and Degrees

  • 2014

    PhD in Sociology
    National University of Singapore
    Thesis Title: Subalternity, State-Formation and Movements against Hydropower Projects in India, 1920-2004

  • 2006

    Master's in Sociology
    Sambalpur University

  • 2005

    Master's in Sociology
    Sambalpur University



Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience


Awards and Accomplishments

  • In the XVIII World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, (13-19 July 2014),  the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Futures Research (ISA-RC07), conferred me with the 'Best Graduate Student Paper' award (paper titled:‘State-Formation from Below: Social Movement of the Dam Evictee’s and ‘Legal Transformation’ of the State in Maharashtra (India), 1960-1976). The award consists of a certificate and a monetary reward of US$2000.

  • Best Teacher – 2022

Postgraduate Studies


Academic Supervision

for a degree of Candidate of Science


Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)






Article Roy Chowdhury A. The Politics of Interlinking of Rivers // Third Concept. 2006. Vol. 20. No. 233. P. 7-12.


Article Roy Chowdhury A. A Don Quixote in the middle of Intellectual Inferno: Travels and Travails of a Third World Sociologist // International Sociological Association E-Bulletin. 2010. Vol. 17. P. 79-102.






Article Roy Chowdhury A. Book Review: Dancing With the Rivers: People and Life in the Chars of South Asia by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta // Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2015. Vol. 36. No. 1. P. 132-134. doi












  • 2012
    37th Annual Meeting of Social Science History Association (Ванкувер). Presentation: Subalternity, State-Formation and Movement against Hydropower projects in India, 1920-2004
  • 2010
    10th Essex Conference of Critical Political Theory (Колчестер). Presentation: Hydro-politics and Dynamics of Mobilizations against Large Dams in Maharashtra: a Post-Marxist Approach
  • International Sociological Association (ISA), World Congress (Гётеборг). Presentation: The State on a Hydraulic Mission: The Political Ecology of Large Dams in Maharashtra




Employment history

July 2016- June 2017 : Postdoctoral Researcher, in Move Media Communications under Bangladesh and Thailand office.

July 2015- June 2016: Visiting Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management Group (PP&M), Indian Institute of Management –Calcutta (IIMC).

August 2013- January 2015: various positions (TA, RA and Postdoc) in National University of Singapore.

Timetable for today

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‘It Is Time to Find More Research Partners and Cooperation from Around the World’

Arnab Roy Chowdhury, Assistant Professor at the HSE School of Sociology, Moscow, has worked at HSE since 2017. In 2022, he was named one of the university’s best teachers by student vote. He has published several papers in internationally recognised journals and supervised a number of doctoral students. Below, Dr Chowdhury talks about his research career, the changes in the global academic environment, and the larger role of international scholarly cooperation.

The preliminary defense of Md. Reza Habib's PhD thesis took place in the Laboratory

The preliminary defense of Md. Reza Habib's dissertation was held on August 4, 2023 at a joint meeting of the Department of Sociology and our Laboratory.

‘Studying at HSE Was a Chance for Me to Get to Know Some Supportive Seniors, Knowledgeable Professors, and Wonderful Friends’

On August 4, 2023, a pre-defence of the thesis on ‘Refugee-Host Community Conflict over Assimilation, Integration, and State Legitimacy: The Case of Rohingyas in Bangladesh’ by Md. Reza Habib will be held at HSE University. The preliminary defence will take place at a joint meeting of the HSE School of Sociology and the International Laboratory for Social Integration Research. Md. Reza Habib shared his experience of studying and preparing his PhD with the HSE News Service.

A seminar on modern social movements was held in the Laboratory

‘This Achievement Certainly Motivates Me’

The results of the 2022 student vote for Best Teachers of HSE University have been announced. This year, there are more winners among international faculty than ever before. The HSE News Service talked to 2022 winners Cemal Eren Arbatli and Arnab Roy Chowdhury about their attitude to students’ assessment of teachers, their experience of positive and negative feedback, and the challenges of teaching online.

Teaching at HSE – Tips, Approaches and Challenges

'Teaching at HSE' workshop held on November 15 once again welcomed internationally recruited faculty members and led a discussion about teaching findings and best teaching practices.

Accent on Platform Solutions

Participants of the workshop 'The Future of Science and Technology in BRICS Countries: Challenges and Responses', the closing event of the 8th HSE Foresight Conference, shared the five countries’ experience of promoting research cooperation and the results of joint foresight studies.

Changing the Tracks

Several of this year’s tenure-track faculty members have stayed at HSE previously as postdoctoral fellows. The HSE Looktalked to Arnab Roy Chowdhury, Assistant Professor at School of Sociology, about his experience and on how best to get immersed into the HSE academic community.

Experiencing Moscow

In addition to interviews with international faculty, The HSE Lookis launching a new feature – a column about their life in Russia, what they discover in different cities, and interesting venues at HSE and beyond. If you have an interesting experience to share, please contact us at ifaculty.support@hse.ru. In this issue, we present a column by Arnab Roy Chowdhury.

Welcome Aboard: Post-Doc Introductions

Every year, HSE hires post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. And in 2017-18, more than 30 of them started work at laboratories and research centres in a large range of fields and specializations. The HSE Lookis pleased to introduce this year’s international researchers, so that you can learn more about your colleagues and find out about opportunities for potential collaboration.

Annual Workshop on Intercultural Communication ‘Living and Working in Russia’

On September 22 'Living and Working in Russia' workshop welcomed new international faculty members to HSE.