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Roger Jeffery

Roger Jeffery
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)

Research Interests

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:

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 a member of the evaluation pane for r4d, a programme of research on development for the Swiss National Science Foundation. From 2011-15 I was the University's Dean (International) for India; from January-July 2015 I was Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies; and from 2012-15 I was Director of the Edinburgh India Institute.

Consultation Hours

By previous appointment: Room 2, 22A Buccleuch Place.

Publications from 2010


2010: Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery & Roger Jeffery, Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in north India (New Delhi: Social Science Press).

Edited Books

2016: 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

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 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,

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:

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.

Chapters in Edited Books

In Press: Roger Jeffery, Gerard Porter, Amar Jesani, Salla Sariola and 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, New Delhi).

In Press: 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 and 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).

2013: Roger Jeffery: ‘Researching health care in South Asia, 1970-2010’,  pp. 195-220 in Interrogating India’s Modernity, Festschrift for Professor Dipankar Gupta, (ed.) Surinder S. Jodhka (Oxford University Press, New Delhi)

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 (EPW Research Foundation, Mumbai),  (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 (Brill, Leiden/Boston).

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 Inclusive Education: Examining Equity on Five Continents, (eds) Alfredo J. Artiles, Elizabeth B. Kozleski & Federico R. Waitoller (Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, Mass.).

2011: Roger Jeffery, Patricia Jeffery, & Craig Jeffrey. 'Are Rich Rural Jats Middle Class?' pp. 140-63 in Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, (eds.) Raka Ray & Amita Baviskar (Routledge, New Delhi).

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, (eds) Anthony Heath & Roger Jeffery, Proceedings of the British Academy No. 159, (OUP for the British Academy, Oxford)

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, (eds) Anthony Heath & Roger Jeffery, Proceedings of the British Academy No. 159, (OUP for the British Academy, Oxford).

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, (eds.) Akhil Gupta & K. Sivaramakrishnan  (Routledge, London & New York).

Other publications

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.

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

If you are interested in being supervised by Roger Jeffery, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in South Asian Studies; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) in South Asian Studies