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Dr Sumeet Mhaskar

Sumeet Mhaskar joined the TRG as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in June 2013 at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen in the Transnational Research Group (TRG) on “Education and Poverty in Modern India” and was with the group till August 2014.

Sumeet obtained his doctorate from St. Antony’s College, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis explored Mumbai’s ex-millworkers’ responses to their job loss as a result of textile mill closures during the last dec¬ade and a half. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at the Center for South Asia, Stanford University and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. His research interests include labouring in post-industrial cities with a particular focus on Mumbai, discrimination and exclusion at workplaces especially in the informal economy, politics of labour, urban transformation and social movements. Sumeet's research project for the TRG explored the effects of industrial decline on educational attainment among Mumbai’s ex-millworkers’ children.

Email: sumeet.mhaskar(ghi)

Sumeet Mhaskar's website at the Centre of Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Research Interests

Labour studies, political economy, economic sociology, discrimination and exclusion at workplaces, Indian politics, urban transformation and social movements.

Academic Background

1999-2002 D.G. Ruparel College, University of Mumbai: B.A History and Political Science
2002-2004 Jawaharlal Nehru University: M.A Political Science
2004-2006 Jawaharlal Nehru University: M.Phil. Political Science
2005 (Feb-May) Central Advisory Board on Education, Government of India: Project Associate
2006-2012 Department of Sociology, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford: D.Phil (PhD) Sociology
2010 (May-Sept) Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University Centre, Denmark: Guest PhD Student
2012-2013 (Sept - Jan) Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity: Visiting Scholar
2013 (Jan - May) Center for South Asia, Stanford University: Visiting Scholar

Scholarships and Prizes

1995 Maharashtra State Governor’s Award (Rajya Puraskar) in Scouting
1997 President of India Award (Rashtrapati Scout) in Scouting
1999 National Cadet Corps shield for Best in Adventurous Camps for Scuba Diving Camp, D.G Ruparel College.
2001 Bordawekar Family Special Prize for outstanding Humanitarian Services, D.G Ruparel College.
2006-2009 Maharashtra State Scholarship, D.Phil: University of Oxford.
2010 Guest PhD Fellowship, Roskilde University Centre, Denmark, May-September
2011 Carr & Stall Grant, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
2011 Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, April and October

Current Research

Effects of Industrial Decline on Education in Urban India: A Study of Mumbai’s Ex-Millworkers’ Household Decisions on Children’s Schooling, 1980s-Present


Peer Reviewed Articles
Indian Muslims in a Global City: Socio-Political Effects on Economic Preferences in Contemporary Mumbai. MMG Working Paper 13-04: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, 2013.

Claiming Entitlements in 'Neo-Liberal' India: Mumbai's Ex-millworkers' Political Mobilisation on the Rehabilitation Question. QEH Working Paper Series, QEHWPS200: Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 2014.

Book Chapters
Encountering ‘Inclusion’ and Exclusion in Post-industrial Mumbai: A study of Muslim Ex-millworkers’ Occupational Choices. In Navigating Exclusion, Inclusion Engineering: Entangled Social Processes in India, ed. Uwe Skoda, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Marianne Qvortrup Fibige. London: Anthem Press, 2013.

Locating Caste in a Globalising Indian City: A Study of Dalit Ex-millworkers’ Occupational Choices in Post-Industrial Mumbai. In Mobility or Marginalization? Dalits in Neo-Liberal India ed. Clarinda Still. New Delhi and Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.