post-doctoral research fellow
Spoken languages
English, Hindi, Gujarati
Areas of expertise
  • Democratic governance
  • Democratic participation
  • Public Finance Management
  • Public Auditing
  • Welfare Funds & Rights
  • Pastoralism
  • Agrarian and Pastoral History
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India
  • South Asia


Dr. Himanshu Upadhyaya is post-doctoral research fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. His doctoral research was on the symbiotic relationship between agriculture and livestock and the changes in late colonial and post-colonial India, with a specific focus on Bombay Presidency, Western India. As a part of his doctoral research, he studied the emergence of dairy development and studied transformation in agro-pastoral livelihoods during the Green and White revolution decades.

Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked with environmental organisations in India and has written extensively about the social and ecological impacts of large dams and extractive industries (mining).

Himanshu has keen interest in Public Finance, Accountability and Auditing and has contributed to the development debates in India through his writings in newspapers, magazines and academic journals.