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LSE India Observatory

About LSE India Observatory

The India Observatory (IO) at the London School of Economics is involved in evidence based research and a strong public policy engagement in and with India and beyond. We work in collaboration with international partners for the generation and exchange of knowledge on India and its position in the world. It has a global focus, especially with respect to emerging economies. This is to enable sharing knowledge and experiences between India and other countries with common synergies for better understanding and mutual benefit.

The IO is involved in developing, enhancing and undertaking high impact multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at the LSE and beyond. It has strong links with academic institutions; public and private sector institutions to further knowledge exchange and contributes to the debate on broader policy issues by promoting and supporting an active engagement around economics and social policy.

The India Observatory was set up in 2006 alongside the IG Patel Chair in partnership with the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank of India, in honour of Dr IG Patel, a greatly distinguished Indian and internationally renowned economist and public servant. He was Director of LSE (1984 1990) and Governor of the RBI (1977 1982). The IO also received a small grant from Yes Bank.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE and Director of the India Observatory. Dr Ruth Kattumuri is the Co-Director.

The IG Patel Chair and the India Observatory have a strong commitment to analyses and public policy engagement for tackling global societal challenges, with a focus on various aspects of sustainable growth, inclusion, population development and governance. These include:

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability in collaboration with the Grantham Research Institute at LSE
  • Sustainable urban planning and development, including urban water governance
  • Public finance, including taxation and promotion of sustainable infrastructure
  • Education, skills and employability
  • Technology and innovation
  • Palanpur: economic developments in India through the longitudinal experience of one village in Uttar Pradesh
  • South-South co-operation in general and India-China relations and relations between Asian countries in particular

The IO advises and supports UG, PG and PhD students at LSE interested in India and Asia. We also develop, supervise and support internship programmes for LSE students (including the Tata Social Internship) to visit countries in Asia.

We also organise and participate in dissemination activities, which are based on our research and public policy engagement, at the LSE and elsewhere in UK, India, and China, in partnership with our collaborators.

The India Observatory regularly organises programmes for executive training programmes for future leaders from emerging economies. These include:

  • Chevening Indian Parliamentarians in collaboration with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We also collaborate with Oxford University on other Chevening programmes including with Gurukul scholars.
  • Indian Revenue Service officials
  • Reserve Bank of India officials
  • Officials from Central Bank of Philippines (in discussion)
  • Indian Economic Service officials (past programme)

We also supervise and host post-doctoral and senior visiting scholars from universities, public and private sector organisations from Asia. These include the Sir Ratan Tata post-doctoral visiting fellowship, the Subir Chowdhury post-doctoral visiting fellowship, and other visiting fellows from China and Pakistan funded by their respective governments.

The IO is located with the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at LSE.

Ruth Kattumuri and Nicholas Stern
13th July 2018