- Professor Roger Jeffery
- Professor of Sociology of South Asia
- SociologySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
- 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
Dean International (India)
Director, Edinburgh India Institute
Interim Director, Centre for South Asian Studies
- MA (University of Cambridge)
- MSc (Soc Sci) (University of Bristol)
- PhD (University of Edinburgh)
I have conducted a variety of research projects in India since 1972, 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, and I am Principal Investigator in Edinburgh on an externally-funded research network:
From October 2012 for 3 years, Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM), funded by the Indian-European Research Network Scheme, involving 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.
I was also PI or Co-I in seven other recently completed projects:
(1) A grant from the ESRC with Hugo Gorringe as Principal Investigator, entitled 'Dalit Politics and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu? Charting the Impact of the Liberation Panther Party,' for two years from January 2012.
(2) A grant from the UK-India Education and Research Initiative entitled 'Marginal Populations, Social Mobilisation and Development'. The Edinburgh partners are Hugo Gorringe (PI) and Jeevan Sharma; the partners from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai are Suryakant Waghmore (PI), Bipin Jojo and Abdul Shaban, for two years ending in January 2014; for more details see http://www.csas.ed.ac.uk/research_projects/marginal_populations,_social_mobilisation_and_development.
(3) A grant from the EU FP7 programme, looking at Access to Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA) ended in November 2013. This involved colleagues in Edinburgh (Petra Sevcikova, Jude Murison & Valerie Evans), in Queen Mary, London (Allyson Pollock) and partners in Belgium, India, South Africa, Switzerland and Uganda. For more details see http://www.amasa-project.eu/
(4) A grant from Phase 2 of the ESRC/DFID Joint Programme of research on international development (poverty alleviation), entitled "Biomedical and Health Experimentation in South Asia: Critical Perspectives on Collaboration, Governance and Competition" ended in February 2013. This involved colleagues in Edinburgh (Ian Harper, Anuj Kapilashrami & Jeevan Sharma) and in Durham (Bob Simpson, Salla Sariola) and also in Mumbai, Kathmandu and Colombo. For more details see http://www.bhesa.org/Home.
(5) A grant from Phase 1 of the ESRC/DFID Joint Programme of research on international development (poverty alleviation) entitled 'Tracing Pharmaceuticals in South Asia ' concluded in December 2009. Other Edinburgh participants were Patricia Jeffery, Ian Harper, Stefan Ecks, Petra Sevcikova and Allyson Pollock (www.sps.ed.ac.uk/csas/research_projects/tracing_phramaceuticals).
(6) A Research Programme Consortium, funded by DfID and led by Professor Christopher Colclough (University of Cambridge) on 'Educational Outcomes and Poverty in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Ghana' (2005-10) ended in December 2010. I was PI for the Edinburgh element of the consortium (for more details see http://recoup.educ.cam.ac.uk/) As part of this research programme, we developed an on-line facilitator's manual for training in qualitative research methods, accessible at http://manual.recoup.educ.cam.ac.uk/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
(7) A project on secondary schooling in North India ending in 2003: for more details, see http://www.csas.ed.ac.uk/upproject/index.html.
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). I am on the Advisory Committee for the ESRC on Anti-Microbial Resistance. I am a member of the evaluation pane for r4d, a programme of research on development for the Swiss National Science Foundation.
By previous appointment: Room 2, 22A Buccleuch Place.
Publications from 2008-2015
2008: Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery: Degrees without Freedom: Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in north India (Stanford, CA., Stanford University Press); 2010: Indian edition as Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in north India. (New Delhi: Social Science Press).
(In press): Hugo Gorringe, Suryakant Waghmore & Roger Jeffery (eds), From the Margins to the Mainstream (New Delhi, Sage)
2014: Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey and Jens Lerche (eds): Development Failure and Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh, (New Delhi: Sage).
2010: Anthony Heath & Roger Jeffery: Change and Diversity: Economics, Politics and Society in Contemporary India. (Proceedings of the British Academy No. 159, Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy).
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals
2015: Salla Sariola, Deapica Ravindran and 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, and 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 and 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 and 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.
2012: Shahid Pervez, Roger Jeffery and Patricia Jeffery: ‘Declining Child Sex Ratio and Sex-Selection in India: A Demographic Epiphany? Economic and Political Weekly, 47, 33: 73-77.
2012: Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery, Leslie Casely-Hayford & Claire Noronha. 'Schooling and Domestic Transitions: Shifting Gender Relations and Female Agency in Rural Ghana and India.' Comparative Education, DOI:10.1080/03050068.2011.608896
2012: Feyza Bhatti & Roger Jeffery. 'Health and Fertility outcomes of education for poor women in Pakistan.' Comparative Education, DOI:10.1080/03050068.2011.608894
2011: Petra Brhlikova, Ian Harper, Roger Jeffery, Nabin Rawal, Madhusudhan Subedi and M R Santhosh, 'Trust and the Regulation of Pharmaceuticals: South Asia in a Globalised World,' Globalisation and Health, 7, 10. DOI: 10.1186/1744-8603-7-10
2011: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery. 'Underserved and Overdosed? Muslims and the Pulse Polio Initiative in rural north India.' Contemporary South Asia 19, 2: 117-35.
2011: Nidhi Singal, Roger Jeffery, Aanchal Jain & Neera Sood. 'The enabling role of education in the lives of young people with disabilities in India: achieved and desired outcomes.' International Journal of Inclusive Education 15, 10: 1205-1218
2010: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery. 'Polio in north India: What Next?' Economic and Political Weekly, 45, 10: 23-26
2010: Roger Jeffery & Santhosh, M. R: 'The architecture of drug regulation in India: What are the barriers to regulatory reform?' Journal of Health Studies, 2 (1-3), 13-32
2010: Abhijit Das & Roger Jeffery, 'Pharmaceuticals, Physicians and Public Policy: Unravelling the Relationships.' Journal of Health Studies, 2 (1-3), 6-12.
2009: Nidhi Singal & Roger Jeffery: 'Transitions to adulthood for young people with disabilities in India: Current status and emerging prospects.' Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, 19, 1: 15-40.
2009: Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery & Salla Sariola: 'Editorial Introduction: Ethnographic Insights into Enduring Inequalities.' Journal of South Asian Development 4(1), 1-6
2008: Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery & Craig Jeffrey: 'Disputing Contraception: Muslim reform, secular change and fertility.' Modern Asian Studies 42, 2 & 3: 519-548
2008: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery: '"Money itself discriminates" : Obstetric emergencies in the time of liberalisation.' Contributions to Indian Sociology 42, 1: 61-93
2008: Craig Jeffrey, Roger Jeffery & Patricia Jeffery: 'School and madrasah education: Gender and the strategies of Muslim young men in rural north India.' Compare, 38, 5: 581-93.
2008: Roger Jeffery & Nidhi Singal: 'Disability Estimates in India: A changing Landscape of Socio-Political Struggle.' Economic and Political Weekly, 43, 12 & 13: 22-24.
2008: Craig Jeffrey, Roger Jeffery, & Patricia Jeffery: 'Dalit Revolution? New Politicians in Uttar Pradesh, India.' Journal of Asian Studies, 67, 4: 1365-1396
Chapters in Edited Books
(In press):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 and 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.
2013: Roger Jeffery: ‘Researching health care in South Asia, 1970-2010’, in Interrogating India’s Modernity, Festschrift for Professor Dipankar Gupta, (ed.) Surinder S. Jodhka, pp. 195-220, New Delhi: Oxford University Press
2012: Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery & Andrew Lyon: 'Taking Dung-Work Seriously: Women's Work and Rural Development in North India', in Surinder Jodhka (ed) Village Society Mumbai, EPW Research Foundation (reprint of article first published in Economic and Political Weekly, (1989) 24, 17, Review of Women's Studies, WS 32-7)
2012: Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery & Craig Jeffrey: 'Leading by Example? Women madrasa teachers in rural north India.' Pp. 195-216 in Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach (eds): Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority (Leiden/Boston: Brill)
2012: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery. 'South Asia: Intimacy and Identities, Politics and Poverty.' Pp. 295-311 in Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology, (Eds) Richard Fardon, John Gledhill, Olivia Harris (decd), Trevor Marchand, Mark Nuttall, Cris Shore, Veronica Strang and Richard Wilson. Sage, Published with the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth: London
2012: Roger Jeffery, Feyza Bhatti, Patricia Jeffery & Claire Noronha, 'Girls' schooling and women's autonomy in South Asia: revisiting old debates with new data from India and Pakistan.' Pp. 17-35 in Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment, (ed) Christopher Colclough, Routledge, London.
2012: Roger Jeffery and the RECOUP team, 'Qualitative Methods in the RECOUP projects.' Pp. 170-94 in Education Outcomes and Poverty in the South: A Reassessment, (ed) Christopher Colclough, Routledge, London
2011: Nidhi Singal & Roger Jeffery, 'Inclusive Education in India: The Struggle for Quality in Consonance with Equity.' Pp. 161-83 in Alfredo J. Artiles, Elizabeth B. Kozleski & Federico R. Waitoller (Eds) Inclusive Education: Examining Equity on Five Continents, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press
2011: Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery, & Craig Jeffrey. 'Are Rich Rural Jats Middle Class?' Pp. 140-63 in Raka Ray & Amita Baviskar (Eds.), Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes. New Delhi: Routledge
2010: Roger Jeffery & Anthony Heath: 'Incongruities, Ironies and Achievements: India's tryst with modernity.' Pp. 1-18 in Change and Diversity: Economics, Politics and Society in Contemporary India, Anthony Heath & Roger Jeffery (Eds). Proceedings of the British Academy No. 159: Oxford: OUP for the British Academy.
2010: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery: 'Health providers and ailing villagers: Everyday politics in the social sector.' Pp. 47-71 in Change and Diversity: Economics, Politics and Society in Contemporary India. Anthony Heath & Roger Jeffery (Eds). Proceedings of the British Academy No. 159, Oxford: OUP for the British Academy.
2010: Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery: '"Money itself discriminates": Obstetric emergencies in the time of liberalisation.' Pp. 133-52 in The Post-Liberalization State in India. Akhil Gupta & K. Sivaramakrishnan (Eds.) (Routledge, London & New York).
2008: Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery & Craig Jeffrey: 'Aisha, the madrasah teacher', pp. 67-79 in Muslim Portraits, (ed.) Mukulika Banerjee, (Yoda, New Delhi and Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN).
2008: Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery: 'Karate, Computers and the Qur'an Sharif: Zamir', pp. 80-91 in Muslim Portraits, (ed.) Mukulika Banerjee, (Yoda, New Delhi and Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN).
2014: Roger Jeffery: 'Perspectives on India’s Social Development', Extended Book Review of Akhil Gupta, Jean Drèze & Amartya Sen, and Jagdish Bhagwati & Arvind Panagariya', 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/
2009: Ian Harper and Roger Jeffery: ‘Trust, Ethics and Spurious Medicines’, Himal South Asia, http://www.himalmag.com/Trust-ethics-and-spurious-medicine_nw3215.html.
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 Recently completed theses include: * Gendered spaces in Dooars tea gardens * Old age homes in Goa * Fertility in Pakistan
If you are interested in being supervised by Roger Jeffery, please see the links below for more information: