Shahid Amal new


PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Spoken languages
English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, French
Areas of expertise
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Political Economy
  • Labour History
  • History of capitalism
  • Cliometrics
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India
  • South Asia

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Gopalan Balachandran and Amalia Ribi Forclaz

Expected completion date: 2022

My research looks at the political economy of famine relief and famine labour in the North-Western Provinces of colonial India c.1860-1920. It analyses motivations of colonial famine governance towards labour in India by examining forms of famine relief: poorhouses, state kitchens, relief-based public works, and gratuitous relief. For this, I rely on frameworks of political economy and colonial knowledge-making.




Currently, I am a Working Group Co-coordinator for ELHN Remuneration & Bargaining and WORCK Sites and Fields of Coercion. I have written for LSE South Asia and International History Blogs, as well as reviewed books for LSE Review of Books and H-Net Socialisms. I am also trained in basic quantitative methods using STATA, as well as qualitative methods including archival research, interviews, and questionnaires.


Research Interests


  • Economic and social history of colonialism
  • Labour studies
  • Political economy of state governance
  • Sociology of race and caste


Relevant Publications and Works


Re-‘Constructing’ Informality: Famine Labour in Late 19th Century Colonial North India. DOI:;  LSE Economic History Review 2016-17: ‘The Eighteenth Century Economic Transition in India: Prosperity or Decline?’, 2, p.52


Academic Work Experience


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for Department of Interdisciplinary Masters (2017-2020)


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.mobility Grant. Visiting Scholar at University of Cambridge and Dartmouth College (2020-2021).

Exchange Programme: Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology (Jan-May 2020)

Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme (May 2019)




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