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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

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.

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)



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








Article Roy Chowdhury A., Ahmed A. Treading the border of (il)legality: statelessness, “amphibian life,” and the Rohingya “boat people” of Asia // Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 2022. Vol. 23. No. 1. P. 68-85. 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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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.