Associate Researcher
Political Economy


Loraine Kennedy is a CNRS research director at the Centre for South Asian Studies (Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, CNRS-EHESS, Paris). She conducts research on the politics of public policy, using a qualitative political economy approach, with particular attention to subnational scales. Her current work in India covers three main areas: the linkages between new forms of economic governance and industrial development in relation to state rescaling strategies; the positioning of State governments in relation to the national economic reform agenda, both in discourse and action; the assertion of metropolitan cities as growth engines and the deployment of urban megaprojects as an economic development strategy.
Her activities with CSH include :

Workpackage leader: FP7 European project « Chance2Sustain » (2010-14), on cities and sustainable development, covering ten cities in four countries (South Africa, Brazil, India, Peru).
Website (publications online): http://chance2sustain.eu

Archived projects
1) Coordinator, The Politics of India’s Special Economics Zones, a comparative study of SEZ policy implementation and political management in 11 States. Co-coordinated with Rob Jenkins (Hunter College, City University of New York) and Partha Mukhopadhyay, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

A link to the book, which was an outcome of the project: http://www.oup.co.in/product/academic-general/politics/political-economy/255/power-policy-protest-politics-indias-special-economic-zones/9780198097341

2) Coordinator, Economic Reforms, Regional Economies and Evolving Federal Governance.
A link to an article, which was an outcome of the project: http://regulation.revues.org/10247
and to the Occasional Paper by Kim Robins: http://www.csh-delhi.com/publications/news-and-interviews/do-indian-states-have-the-power-to-devise-their-own-policies-a-study-on-fiscal-space

From 2007-2009, Loraine Kennedy was coordinator of the research area "Economic reforms and Sustainable Development" at CSH.


Her latest publications in English include:


2014. The Politics of Economic Restructuring in India. Economic governance and state spatial rescaling, New York & London, Routledge.

Edited books and special issues Forthcoming. Megaprojects,