- Professor Roger Jeffery
- Professor of Sociology of South Asia; Associate Director, Edinburgh India Institute
- Room 2, 22A Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 3976
- Research Interests
- Health policy, Emerging economies and global health, Health systems and global health, Political Economy of India, The Sociology of Scotland
- MA (University of Cambridge)
- MSc (Soc Sci) (University of Bristol)
- PhD (University of Edinburgh)
Since 1972, I have conducted a variety of research projects in India and elsewhere in South Asia, including research in village and small-town north India looking at how religious group membership and caste interrelate with childbearing, fertility behaviour, gender politics and schooling, in the context of agrarian change and the decline of the state. Since 2005 I have been involved in a series of projects on contemporary issues in public health in India and elsewhere. I have recently extended my research interests to include the effects of India on Edinburgh, and more broadly, on Scotland, in the long 19th century, and the implications for contemporary Scottish society, culture and politics.
I was PI or Co-I in eight projects completed since 2000:
(1) 'Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine' (AROGYAM), (Indian-European Research Network Scheme), with partners at the University of Heidelberg, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India, from October 2012 to 31 December 2016. More details here.
(2) 'Dalit Politics and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu? Charting the Impact of the Liberation Panther Party,' (ESRC), Hugo Gorringe as Principal Investigator, for two years from January 2012; more details here.
(3) 'Marginal Populations, Social Mobilisation and Development', (UK-India Education and Research Initiative), with Hugo Gorringe (PI) and Jeevan Sharma in Edinburgh, and Suryakant Waghmore (PI), Bipin Jojo and Abdul Shaban in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, for two years ending in January 2014; more details here.
(4) 'Access to Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA)', (EU FP7) ending in November 2013, with, in Edinburgh, Petra Sevcikova, Jude Murison & Valerie Evans; in Queen Mary, London (Allyson Pollock, co-PI) and partners in Belgium, India, South Africa, Switzerland and Uganda. More details here.
(5) 'Biomedical and Health Experimentation in South Asia: Critical Perspectives on Collaboration, Governance and Competition (BHESA)', (Phase 2 of the ESRC/DFID Joint Programme of research on international development (poverty alleviation)) ending in February 2013, with, in Edinburgh, Ian Harper, Anuj Kapilashrami & Jeevan Sharma; in Durham, Bob Simpson & Salla Sariola; and partners in Mumbai, Kathmandu and Colombo. More details here.
(6) 'Tracing Pharmaceuticals in South Asia', (Phase 1 of the ESRC/DFID Joint Programme of research on international development (poverty alleviation)) ending in December 2009, with, in Edinburgh, Patricia Jeffery, Ian Harper, Stefan Ecks, Petra Sevcikova & Allyson Pollock. More details here.
(7) 'Educational Outcomes and Poverty in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Ghana' (DFID Research Programme Consortium, led by Professor Christopher Colclough (University of Cambridge), ending in December 2010; more details here. As part of this research programme, we developed an on-line facilitator's manual for training in qualitative research methods, accessible here.
(8) 'Household strategies, schooling regimes and social exclusion in western Uttar Pradesh, India', (ESRC) with, in Edinburgh, Patricia Jeffery and Craig Jeffrey (Co-PIs): more details here.
Other activities since 2010:
Until April 2018, I was a member of the evaluation pane for r4d, a programme of research on development for the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Until April 2013, I was a Member of the Strategic Advisory Team for the ESRC/DFID Joint Programme of research on international development (poverty alleviation) (PI: Professor Paul van Gardingen).
From 2011-15, I was the University's Dean (International) for India
Fom January-July 2015, I was Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies;
From 2012-15, I was Director of the Edinburgh India Institute.
By previous appointment: Room 2, 22A Buccleuch Place.
Publications from 2014
2016: Hugo Gorringe, Suryakant Waghmore & Roger Jeffery (eds), From the Margins to the Mainstream (New Delhi, Sage)
2014: Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey & Jens Lerche (eds): Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh, (New Delhi: Sage).
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals
2016: Abhay Kadam, Karen Maigetter, Roger Jeffery, Nerges Mistry, Mitchell Weiss and Allyson Pollock, 'Correcting India’s chronic shortage of drug inspectors to ensure the production and distribution of safe, high-quality medicines', International Journal of Health Policy and Management, available on-line, 27 April, doi 10.15171/ijhpm.2016.44.
2015: Salla Sariola, Deapica Ravindran & Roger Jeffery, ‘Big- pharmaceuticalisation: Clinical Trials and Contract Research Organisations in India’, Social Science & Medicine, 131: 239-246, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.052.
2015: Arabella Hayter, Roger Jeffery, Chitra Sharma, Audrey Prost, & Sanjay Kinra ‘Community perceptions of health and chronic disease in South Indian rural transitional communities: A qualitative study’, Global Health Action, 8: 25946, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v8.25946
2014: Bvudzai Magadzire, Ashwin Budden, Kim Ward, Roger Jeffery & David Sanders: ‘Frontline Health Workers as Brokers: Provider Perceptions, Experiences and Mitigating Strategies to Improve Access to Medicines’, BMC Health Services Research.14:520, doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0520-6; online at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/520
2014: Peter Roderick, Rushikesh Mahajan, Patricia McGettigan, Allyson M Pollock & Roger Jeffery, ‘Will the new Government introduce an Indian Drugs Bill to deliver rational regulation of safe and effective drugs?’ Economic and Political Weekly, 49, 33: 15-19.
2014: Roger Jeffery: ‘Authorship in multi-disciplinary, multi-national North-South research projects: Issues of equity, capacity and accountability’ Compare 44, 2: 208-29.
Chapters in Edited Books
In Press: Roger Jeffery: ‘Commercialization in health services in India since 1980: A biographical approach’, in Global Governance and Commercialisation of Public Health (eds) Rama Baru & Anuj Kapilashrami (Routledge, UK).
2018: Roger Jeffery, Gerard Porter, Amar Jesani, Salla Sariola & Deapica Ravindran: ‘Structure, Organization and Knowledge Production of the Indian Clinical Trials Industry’, in Equity and Access: Health Care Studies in India, (eds) Amar Jesani & Purendra Prasad (Oxford University Press, India).
2018: Roger Jeffery: ‘War against disease without violence to clinical trial participants?’, for Violence-Nonviolence across Cultures, (ed.) Sudhir Chandra (Routledge, India).
2016: Roger Jeffery & Hugo Gorringe: ‘Institutionalising marginal actors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu: Insights from Dalit electoral data'’ in From the Margins to the Mainstream (eds) Hugo Gorringe, Suryakant Waghmore & Roger Jeffery (Sage, New Delhi).
2016: Hugo Gorringe, Suryakant Waghmore & Roger Jeffery, ‘Editorial Introduction’ in From the Margins to the Mainstream (eds) Hugo Gorringe, Suryakant Waghmore & Roger Jeffery (Sage, New Delhi).
2014: Roger Jeffery: ‘The Transformation of India’s Health Systems, c. 1980-c. 2010,’ pp. 58-63 in 2013-2014: Rencontres scientifiques/scholarly activities, (ed.) Samuel Jubé (Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Nantes, Nantes).
2014: Roger Jeffery: 'Perspectives on India’s Social Development', Extended Book Review of Akhil Gupta, Red Tape; Jean Drèze & Amartya Sen, An uncertain glory: India and its contradictions; and Jagdish Bhagwati & Arvind Panagariya, Why Growth Matters', European Journal of Sociology, 55, 3: 464-72.
2014: Roger Jeffery: ‘The future of human rights in India’, Discover Society, September, 2 pp. http://www.discoversociety.org/2014/09/02/viewpoint-the-future-of-human-rights-in-india/
Topics interested in supervising
I welcome graduate students in the sociology of health and population, agrarian change, social welfare, education and the environment in South Asia, especially those using ethnographic or other qualitative research methods. I am currently supervising PhD students in the following areas: * INGOs and labour conditions in the Bangladesh Garments Industry * Indigenous knowledge and crop patents in India * Caste and public space in South India * Indian influences on Edinburgh Recently completed theses include: * Gendered spaces in Dooars tea gardens * Old age homes in Goa * Fertility in Pakistan
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