Mini Conference organised by Lancaster University in association with University of Portsmouth for the British Northern Universities India Forum (BNUIF) on “Indian Economy on the Move”

Monday 3 June 2024, 1:45pm to Tuesday 4 June 2024, 1:30pm


Management School Lecture Theatre 5, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW

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About BNUIF: The British Northern Universities India Forum (BNUIF) was established as a research partnership between academic and policy experts from social sciences, economics and management at the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds and Manchester specialising on socio-political aspects and economic issues pertaining to India. The forum was established in the 2000s and have been the driving force behind the highly successful Annual Khusro Lecture series in honour of Professor Ali Mohamed Khusro in the late 2000s and early 2010s, where speakers like Martin Wolf and C Rangarajan have delivered lectures in the Leeds University Business School. BNUIF has also successfully organised a series of Annual Conferences in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lancaster, Leeds and Trivandrum over the 2000s and 2010s under the stellar stewardship of Professor V N Balasubramanyam from Lancaster University. Papers presented in these conferences have been published in academic journals and in edited volumes published by the Oxford University press. In 2024, Lancaster University in association with the University of Portsmouth is co-organising the BNUIF Conference at Lancaster with both in-person and online (hybrid) participation. The conference brings togethers scholars from both the UK and India to present their ongoing research and to exchange ideas and knowledge for future collaborations and partnerships.


Day 1: Monday, 3rd June 2024

Lancaster University Management School LT5

Link for online participants: MS Teams

13:45 – 14:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks (V N Balasubramanian, Lancaster University)

14:00 – 15:00 Paper Presentation: Colonialism and climate change (Ayesha Tandon, Carbon Brief, London)

15:00 – 16:00 Paper Presentation: Spatial patterns of productivity in India (Kumar Abhishek, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations; Homagni Choudhury, University of Portsmouth)

16:15 – 17:15 Paper Presentation: Import Competition, Formalization and the Role of Contract Labour (Pavel Chakraborty, Lancaster University)

17:15– 18:15 Paper Presentation: Economic and Empowerment Impacts of Promoting Millet Enterprises through Women's Collectives in India (Apurba Shee, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich)

20:00 – 22:00 Dinner

End of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 4th June 2024

Lancaster University Management School LT5

Link for online participants: MS Teams

09:00 – 10:00 Paper Presentation (Online): Labour Market Inequality in India (Kunal Sen, UNU WIDER and University of Manchester)

10:00 – 11:00 Paper Presentation (Online): Analysing the Sentiment-based Variation in Finance Ministers' Communication (Vidya Mahambare, Great Lakes Institute of Management)

11:15 – 12:15 Paper Presentation: Remittances and Economic Growth - The Experience of Kerala (Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar, University of Derby)

12:15– 13:15 Paper Presentation: Productivity and its Determinants in Indian MSMES (Sudipta Shee and Homagni Choudhury, University of Portsmouth)

13:15 – 13:20 Closing Remarks (Homagni Choudhury, University of Portsmouth)

End of Day 2

Contact Details

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