Sagarika Dutt

Sagarika Dutt

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Politics and International Relations

Role

Sagarika Dutt is Subject Leader for International Relations(IR) and year three tutor for Politics and IR students. She also teaches and leads several IR modules at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is module leader for INTR29945: Change and world order – international institutions and non-state actors, a level two module, and INTR32420: States, nationalisms and identity, a level three module. She co-ordinates the level three IR dissertation module for the School of Arts and Humanities and supervises dissertation students. At the postgraduate level she teaches and leads a module on Global Governance and International Institutions for the MAIR programme and supervises dissertation students. Her teaching interests include IR theory, Global Governance, International Institutions (the United Nations and the specialised agencies), Foreign Policy analysis, Global Political Economy, South Asian politics and security, Indian politics and foreign policy, and International Development. She also supervises Ph.D. students.

Career overview

Sagarika has taught in undergraduate colleges in India in the past, including Sophia College and Elphinstone College, Mumbai.

Research areas

Sagarika's research interests focus on two main areas: (1) International Organisations / The United Nations and the specialised agencies / UNESCO; and (2)South Asian politics / Indian politics and foreign policy. She is the author of The politicization of the United Nations specialized agencies: A case study of UNESCO (1995) and UNESCO and a just world order (2002). She has also authored a number of journal articles on the UN / UNESCO and contributes research papers to BISA / ISA conferences. Her research interests in South Asia have led to the publication of a co-edited volume, South Asian Security: 21st century discourses (2012). Apart from inter-state conflict the book covers human security, energy security, identity and civil conflict, and regional integration. She has recently published a chapter on South Asian security for a Handbook of Governance and Security(2014) published by Edward Elgar. In recent years she has also taken an interest in American foreign policy, especially the pivot to Asia.

Research interests at a glance:

  • Global governance
  • International Institutions / The United Nations and the specialised agencies
  • UNESCO
  • Foreign policy analysis / US foreign policy
  • International Development including Gender and International Relations
  • South Asian politics / regional security/ changing security agenda
  • Indian politics/ foreign policy / economic development

Recent publications:

  1. Chapter 13, 'South Asia' in J. Sperling (ed), Handbook of governance and security, Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2014.
  2. 'India's 2014 elections: The BJP’s victory', New Zealand International Review, September/October 2014, pp.16-19.
  3. ‘The UN and global governance: Do ideas alone help ?’, India Quarterly, 68:2, June 2012, pp.187-194.
  4. South Asian security: 21st century discourses (co-edited with Alok Bansal), Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012. Chapters in the book by Sagarika Dutt: ‘Theorizing regional security’; ‘Human security in South Asia and the role of the UN and its agencies’; ‘The nuclear non-proliferation regime and the future of India-US nuclear energy co-operation’.
  5. 'Striving to promote shared values: UNESCO in the troubled world of the 21st century’, India Quarterly, 65:1, January-March 2009, pp.83-95.
  6. India in a globalized world, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.

Sagarika is currently supervising research/Ph.D. students working on a variety of topics. She is prepared to consider research proposals from prospective students working on the following topics: International Institutions in International Relations, especially the United Nations and its agencies; Nationalism; Postmodern approaches to identity; Human security; Regional security in South Asia; South Asian politics; Indian politics and foreign policy; Gender and development; Human development in developing countries; US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific.

External activity

Collaboration with academics at other US, UK and Indian universities mainly for research and publication.

Sagarika is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA) based in the USA, British International Studies Association (BISA), the Commonwealth Institute (London), the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), and the United Nations Association (UNA-UK). She participates in their conferences and forums.

Sponsors and collaborators

Sagarika has recently collaborated with Prof. James Sperling of the University of Akron, USA, and contributed a chapter to J. Sperling (ed), Handbook of governance and security, Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2014.

She has also published a book on South Asian security (Routledge, 2012) based on collaboration with academics at Jadavpur University, Kolkata and the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, as well as researchers and academics at various UK, US and Australian universities.

Publications

  1. Chapter 13, 'South Asia' in J. Sperling (ed), Handbook of governance and security, Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2014.
  2. 'India's 2014 elections: The BJP’s victory’, New Zealand International Review, September/October 2014, pp.16-19.
  3. ‘The UN and global governance: Do ideas alone help ?’, India Quarterly, 68:2, June 2012, pp.187-194.
  4. South Asian security: 21st century discourses (co-edited with Alok Bansal), Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012. Chapters in the book by Sagarika Dutt: 'Theorizing regional security’; 'Human security in South Asia and the role of the UN and its agencies'; ‘The nuclear non-proliferation regime and the future of India-US nuclear energy co-operation.'
  5. 'Striving to promote shared values: UNESCO in the troubled world of the 21st century’, India Quarterly, 65:1, January-March 2009, pp.83-95.
  6. India in a globalized world, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.
  7. UNESCO and a just world order, New York: NOVA, 2002.
  8. Africa at the millennium, (co-edited with Bakut Tswah Bakut), London: Palgrave, 2000.
  9. The politicization of the United Nations Specialized Agencies: A case study of UNESCO, Lampeter and Lewiston: Mellen University Press, 1995.

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Press expertise

  • Politics and international relations in South Asia - including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Nepal
  • South Asian security
  • US relations with South Asian countries
  • Economic growth, energy security, social development and environmental sustainability in India/South Asia
  • UN programmes in South Asia