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Name: Dr Amba Pande

Address (Correspondence): 1269/C-1, Vasant Kunj, ND, 110070


Phone: 9871471045

Present Employment

Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies,

School of International Studies (SIS),

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

INDIA – 110 067

Area of Research/ Teaching Interest

Diaspora and International Migration, Transnationalism, Society and Politics in South Pacific

Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph. D (1998) on Nuclear Free Zone in Southeast Asia and South Pacific,

CSEASWPS, SIS, JNU, New Delhi (India)

  • M. Phil. (1992), CSEASWPS, SIS, JNU, New Delhi

  • M.A. (1988) in History from Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh, India

  • B.A. (1985) from BHU, Varanasi, (U.P.)

Teaching Experience:

[Has taught following Papers at MA and M Phil level

  • Society and Politics in South West Pacific at M.A. level

  • South East Asian Foreign Relations also at M.A. level

  • History of Southeast Asia at M. Phil level

Publications (A select list concerning only with Indian Diaspora )
  • Conceptualising Indian Diaspora: Diversities within a Common Identity, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol.48 no 49, December 7, 2013

  • Diaspora and Development: Theoretical Perspectives in Irudaya Rajan (Ed), India Migration Report, 2014, Routledge, pp. 36-46

  • Role of Indian Diaspora in the Development of Indian IT Industry, Diaspora Studies, Vol. 7, No.2,2014, pp.121-129

  • India and Its Diaspora in Fiji, Diaspora Studies, Vol.4, No.2, 2011, pp 125-138

  • Indians and the Struggle for Power in Fiji, Diaspora Studies, Vol. 3 No1, Jan-Jun 2010, pp.57-68

  • Race and Power Struggle in Fiji, Strategic Analysis, Vol. 24, No.6, September 2000.

  • Role of Indian Diaspora in India Netherlands Relations, IDPAD (Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternative Development) Newsletter, Vol.3, No. 1, Jan-Jun 2005.

  • Movement of Service Providers: Opportunities and Challenges for India (in co-authorship) CENTAD (Wiley- India, 2006)

  • Indo-Fijians and their success Story in Fiji in Ajay Dubey (ed) Indian Diaspora Contributions to their New Home, 2011, New Delhi; MD Publications.

  • Role of Diasporas in Home land Conflicts/Conflict Resolution and Post-War Reconstruction: The Case of Tamil Diaspora and Sri Lanka (Forth Coming )

  • Indian Student Migration: Critical Analysis, in Irudaya Rajan (ed.) Young People and Migration, Orient Black Swan, (Forthcoming)

  • Mexican Skilled immigration in The US: Condition of Labour Competion with the Indian and the Chinese. In co authorship with Camelia Tigau, and Yan Yuan

  • Managing Bangladeshi Immigration into India: Options and Challenges in Sanajy Bharadwaj (et.el.) (ed.) (Forthcoming)

  • Indians in Southeast Asia: sojourners, Settlers, Diasporas (Forth Coming)

  • Coup Constitutions and the Struggle for Power: Contours of Racial Politics in Fiji in Manmohini Kaul (ed) (Forth coming)

  • Skilled Immigration and Conditions of Labour Competition in the US: a Comparative Study of Mexican, Indian and Chinese Diasporas (Forth coming)

Book Reviews

  • N. Jayaram (ED), Diversities in the Indian Diaspora: Nature, Implications, Responses (New Delhi; Oxford University Press, 2011) Diaspora Studies, V0l.5, No.2,2012

  • Meenakshi Thapan, ED. Transnational Migration and the politics of Identity (New Delhi; Sage, 2005) published in Oct issue of Social Action: A Quarterly Review of Social Trends.

  • Book Review, Parvati Raghuram and Others (ed), Tracing the Indian Diaspora: Context, Memories, Representations, 2008, Sage, India, published in Financial Express,15/03/09

  • Gholami, Reza (2015) Secularism and Identity: Non islamiosity in the Iranian Diaspora (UK: Ashgate), pp 223 (Forth coming)

Newspaper Articles

  • Exile and After, Hindustan Times, 18/8/2000

  • Extending the Idea of India, The Indian Express, 27/8/2006

  • Cashing in on Indian Identity, The Financial express, 13/10/06

  • Getting out of Debt Trap in the Gulf, The Pioneer, 23/7/2014

  • Reaping the Diaspora Dividend, Financial Express, 21/11/2014

  • Bose, His files and Rewriting his History, Millennium Post, 21/9/2015

Seminar/ Conference/ Research Forums: Have presented papers, participated (as chair and discussant) and organized more than fifty seminars. A Select list of Invited presentations and individual lectures is given below:

  • Role of Indians in the Establishment of Democracy in Fiji: A Historical Perspective, at Indian Diaspora in Development of Home and Host countries: A Comparative Perspective Venue: Ahmadabad, Gujarat, 10th-11th January, 2015, at Kadi University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

  • An hour long Presentation on Diaspora and Development: the Indian Experience, Dept of Business Economics, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

  • An hour long presentation Indo-Fijians: A Quest for Identity on 21 June, 2011, at Dept of Anthropology and Archeology, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.

  • An hour long lecture on Nuclear Weapon Free Zones and India’s Strategic Interest in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, on 22 June 2011 at National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.

  • Women in Indian Diaspora organised by Organisation of Diaspora Initiatives and India International Centre, 10-11 January 2014

  • Role of Diaspora in the Development of Indian IT Industry, in a International Conference on India and its Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective, organised by Organisation of Diaspora Initiatives, New Delhi in collaboration with  Jawaharlal Nehru University (CAS/SIS) and India International Centre, New Delhi on the 29th and 30th of March 2013.

  • Role of Diasporas in Home land Conflicts/Conflict Resolution and Post-War Reconstruction: The Case of Tamil Diaspora and Sri Lanka, in India's Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective, 6–7 November 2013, at India International centre, New Delhi The Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi, in cooperation with the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the India International Centre (IIC)

  • Role of Diasporas in Home land Conflicts, Conflict Resolution and Post-War Reconstruction: The Case of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, at Academic Staff Collage, JNU, March, 24-28, 2014.

  • Occasional lectures on Diaspora: Role and Importance at Foreign Service institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Delhi

Visiting Fellowships

  • Fellow at Dept. of Business Economics, University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, under USP fellowship in 2011.

  • Visiting fellow at the Dept of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ, under University of Otago fellowship, 2011

  • Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, the Netherlands under Indo-Dutch Fellowship for the study The Role of Indian Diaspora in India- Netherlands Relations.

Awards/Projects Received

  • Completed two year (2008-2010) ICSSR Post Doctoral fellowship on a project entitled ‘India and its Diaspora in South East Asia,’

  • Completed a three-year major research project with the University Grants Commission (UGC), entitled Ethnic Conflict in Fiji: Challenges before Indian Diaspora.

  • Completed a minor research project in June 2006 on GATS and Movement of Labour: Opportunities and Challenges in co-author format for Center for trade and Development (Centad), Oxfam (India) Trust.

  • Received a grant from the Ministry of External Affairs to visits Australia and Singapore to study Indian Diaspora.

  • Received a grant from Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) to visit Fiji to study Indian Diaspora.

Editorial Positions:

Member of the editorial board as a book review editor of the Diaspora studies Journal, Routledge, ( since 2012.

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