Educated at the universities of Delhi, Hull and Bristol, Dibyesh Anand is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations. Before joining Westminster in 2007, he was a Lecturer in Department of Economics and International Development at the University of Bath. He has held visiting fellowships in several institutions including the Australian National University, University of California Berkeley, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Central University of Hyderabad.
His publications are in the areas of Global Politics, Identities, Tibet, China, Hindu Nationalism, and Security. He is the author of Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2007; published in South Asia as Tibet: A Victim of Geopolitics, Routledge India; Chinese translation forthcoming) and Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is currently working on a book China’s Tibet? and a research project on the Sino-Indian boundary dispute. In addition to scholarly writings, he contributes regularly to popular media including newspapers, radio, and television
Freilich Visiting Fellowship (Summer 2009) from Research School of Humanities and Freilich Foundation, Australian National University to write on 'Rethinking Cosmopolitanism in the face of Muslimphobia Commonsense Bigotry'.
Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003.
Research and Travel Grants (recent)
British Academy Grant for a research project titled 'China's Tibet': (Inter)National Politics of Imagination, July 2010 (more).
British Association for South Asian Studies grant, ‘From Contact Zone to Conflict Zone: Geopolitics and Boundary Making in Sino-Indian relations’, 2008-09
Overseas Conference Grant and Exchange Scheme Grant by the Political Studies Association (PSA UK) to organise the panel 'Tibet in (Inter)National Politics of China: Problems of Statehood and Religion' and to present the paper 'Tibetan Buddhist Reincarnation and International Relations' at the Hong Kong Political Studies Association Conference, August 2009.
Principal Investigator in BA-AHRC-ESRC Visiting Fellowships for South Asia and the Middle East to work on a collaborative project titled ‘The Politics of Performance: the Uses of Spectacles for Political Mobilisation in Contemporary India’, 2008
British Academy (BASIS) grant (with Nitasha Kaul) for research on ‘Going beyond Roots and Routes: Multi-Racial Economy and Cultural Identities in Tanzania’, 2008
Universities China Committee in London (UCCL) Research Grants to present a paper at Beijing Tibetology Seminar in 2008 and to conduct fieldwork in Beijing and Lhasa on a project titled ‘Representing China’s Tibet: Overlapping geographies of Lhasa’ in 2006.
The British Academy Small Research Grant for research on ‘Locating sovereignty in a strange place: the Europeanisation of Sino-Tibetan relations’, 2006.
Dibyesh’s research interests include international relations broadly defined; issues of identity and representation; state, nationalism, religion, and democracy; security; majority-minority relations; the interaction between the ‘West’ and the ‘Rest’; China and Tibet; South Asia.
He has supervised PhDs on diverse topics including the politics of recognition and redistribution in India, neopatrimonialism in Nigeria, Islamism in Britain, the role of Private Military Companies in shaping a security-development nexus, nationalism and internationalism in Indian literature, and reconceptualising Democracy Promotion agenda. He welcomes new PhD students working in politics and international relations, especially those interested in issues and approaches that challenge conventional theories and the narrow boundaries of disciplines. Questions of Identities, Politics and Borders; China and India’s emergence as global powers and its significance for other countries; Politics of Culture, Ethnicities, Security and Violence; and the West-nonWest relations are some of his preferred areas of supervision.
His media expertise includes Tibet, Kashmir, ethnic and international politics of China and India. His interviews and articles have appeared in several media including BBC TV and Radio, Sky News, PressTV, The Guardian, Associated Press, Reuters, Times of India, and so on.
In addition to ‘International Relations 1: Theoretical Perspectives’ that is essential to all Masters courses in the Department, Dibyesh is the leader for core modules constituting Master in International Relations and Global Change (‘A Postcolonial International Relations?’ and ‘Global Change: Toward a NonWestern World?’). He is also the author and leader of a module ‘Culture and International Relations’ for Freie Universitat Berlin’s International Relations Online Programme.
Dibyesh is currently the Research Director for the Department and a member of the Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Committee (REKTC) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)
This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.
Rabbi, K. and Anand, A. and Athukorala, Lakshman and Budimir, Djuradj (2011) Simulation of reconfigurable WLAN notch for UWB filters. In: IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propogation (AP-S) and 2011 USNC/CNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, 03 - 08 Jul 2011, Spokane, Washington, USA.
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