Barbara Harriss-White

Person Type
Emeritus Fellow

An Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Barbara Harriss-White directs an ESRC-DFID funded research project on technology, employment and green house gases in India's informal economy.   A political economist and field-economist, Harriss-White's interests in the social ordering and state regulation of the market economy (studied through the production and distribution of basic commodities in various regions of South Asia and through four decades of field-research on a small market town and its rural hinterland), as well as its casualties (hence research into gender discrimination, poverty, destitution, malnutrition/alcoholism, disability, social discrimination and ageing). Harriss-White is now interested in energy and materials in the food economy.

Harriss-White is formerly a director of Oxford's Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, and founder-director of the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme in the School of Area Studies.