Oxford’s Top India Expert to be new Director of Australia India Institute

May 15 / 158

Professor Craig Jeffrey
Professor Craig Jeffrey


After a year-long global search, one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary India, Professor Craig Jeffrey, has been appointed the next Director of the Australia India Institute (AII).


Professor Jeffrey, currently Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford, will take up his five-year appointment in October.


Professor Jeffrey’s scholarly interests, which complement the AII’s growing spectrum of expertise, cover contemporary Indian society and global development, with a particular focus on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalisation, and the politics of youth.


He is the author of six books including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Keywords for Modern India (with John Harriss; Oxford University Press, 2014). 


A Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, Professor Jeffrey is currently leading a large project funded by Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council on educated unemployed youth in South Asia. He was recently elected a Fellow of Britain’s Academy of Social Sciences, and also contributes regularly to BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian.


Professor Jeffrey will succeed the Institute’s Foundation Director, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, who has returned to India to serve as Honorary Director of the AII@ Delhi, and Professor of International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University. 


Professor Mattoo described Professor Jeffrey as a great successor and an inspired choice, “ Craig is a truly exceptional scholar with credentials to position the Australia India Institute as the leading academic and policy centre for the study of India across the English-speaking world.”


The Chairman of the AII, Robert Johanson, welcomed the appointment. 


"With Craig in Melbourne and Amitabh in Delhi we have two exceptional leaders,” he said. “They complement each other, and we look forward to making an even greater contribution to the development of the India-Australia relationship, which is now of such crucial importance.”


Professor Jeffrey will also be taking up a professorial position at the University of Melbourne’s School of Geography.

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