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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Kamya Choudhary

Kamya Choudhary
Kamya Choudhary
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
India, Gender and Development, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Irrigation, Water Resource Management, Solar Energy, Gender and Technology, Men and Masculinities, International development

PhD Title

Power and Transformation in Rural India: Understanding the Impacts of Solar-Powered Irrigation Pumps

Research Project Description

My research seeks to analyze the social and political consequences of the wide-scale shift to state-subsidized solar-powered irrigation pump systems in Rajasthan, India. I focus on debates surrounding access, control, and sustainability to demonstrate how interactions with the technology for farmers are mediated by caste, class and gender axes. 


2016 - present: PhD International Development, The University of  Edinburgh

2015 - 2016: MSc International Development, The University of Edinburgh

2012 - 2015: BA (Hons.) Political Science, The University of Delhi (Lady Shri Ram College)

Academic Awards: 

2016: Perfect Storm Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship

2016: Best Overall Performance, MSc in International Development Award

2016: JN Tata Gift Scholarship for Academic Excellence 2015:  Graduate School of Social and Political Science Funding Award

2015: JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians Scholarship


Dr Jamie Cross and Dr Radhika Govinda