Associate Researcher
Politics and Society


Damien Krichewsky is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), University of Bonn (Germany). His research, which combines political sociology, economic sociology and organization studies, explores transformations of the political regulation of business activities in contemporary India. In his dissertation, which was supported by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) and was distinguished by the 2013 PhD-Thesis Price of the Réseau international de recherche sur les organisations et le développement durable (RIODD), he analysed the rise of the phenomenon of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. Using both macroscopic observations and in-depth studies in the cement industry, he showed how India’s new political economy increases the autonomy of business organisations while simultaneously inducing new social and political uncertainties. In this context, CSR helps large companies translate “threatening” uncertainties into parameters of economic risks, and address these risks strategically in order to shield business opportunities from new social and political constraints. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne, Germany), he joined the FIW in 2014 to study the effects of CSR on the Indian political system itself. Working on the basis of theory-driven empirical studies (India’s CSR public policy, environmental regulation…), he analyzes how semantics of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship change the way India’s democracy regulates conflicts between private business expansion and competing collective values, interests and aspirations. Damien Krichewsky is also associate researcher at the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po), Paris.