- The 21st century is seeing the impacts of modernisation of the previous century. The most apparent impact is climate change.
- Land is intertwined with the human trajectory and powers of access to land come from social, political or other kinds of dominance, writes Nikita Sud in this commentary.
- By recoginising the many lives of land, it allows us to better appreciate, and strengthen, political processes that are less extractive and centralised, and more democratic.
Associate Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of International Development; Fellow of Wolfson College
Dr Sud’s research focuses on the politics of development; the neo-liberal transformation of postcolonial states and governance; human-nature interactions, especially with reference to land; and the political sociology and political economy of contemporary India.
She has published numerous articles on land reform, land grab, and land liberalisation. Her book The Making of Land, and The Making of India is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Her academic and media writing is listed here: https://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/people/nikita-sud