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Research Associate
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
French, English, German, Hindi, Spanish, Italian
Areas of expertise
  • Democratic governance
  • Politics of religion, caste and gender
  • Politics of time
  • Critical approaches to mixed-methods
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India



Lucy Dubochet is research associate at the Graduate Institute’s Hirschman Centre on Democracy. Her work at the Centre investigates how marginalized urban communities interact with the state in India. In particular, she considers how changes in electoral politics combine with the recent implementation of biometric technologies of governance to frame their political practices and experience.

Lucy also continues work that she started during her doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis “Worth the While? Time and Politics in Delhi” combined survey findings with extensive ethnographic research in low-income neighborhoods to explore how time and power shape people’s interactions with the state. This research line notably explores how unpredictability and long waiting times can pit people in conflict against each other or, on the contrary, offer a space where they can come together in collective action across cleavages of religion, caste and gender.

Lucy previously created and headed Oxfam’s research unit in Delhi. She lived and worked in India for several years.




  • Dubochet, L., ‘Time, money and the nation: Waiting as majoritarian politics during India’s demonetization’, under review American Political Science Review.

  • Dubochet, L., ‘When men come home and women hide their work: Negotiating gender roles in Delhi’, under review Gender and Society.

  • Dubochet, L., Das, R., Parida, S. ‘Thorny transition: Women’s empowerment and freedom from violence in India’, background report for the World Bank’s ‘Voice and agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity’ (2014).

  • Dubochet, L. ‘Civil society in a middle-income country’, Journal of International Development, 24:6 (2012), 714-727.