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Dr R K Debbarma

Assistant Professor , Guwahati campus

Chairperson - Unit for Research and Development ,
Convenor - Social Protection Office

B.A. (St. Anthony's College), M.A. (University of Hyderabad), Ph.D. (University of Hyderabad)

R K Debbarma joined the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Off-campus in 2013 under the Tata Trust position. He co-developed the MA programme in Peace and Conflict Studies, and coordinated the programme during 2014-16.

He served as the convenor for the ST/SC Cell and Equal Opportunity Cell from 2016 to 2019.

He is currently the chairperson of the Unit for Research and Development [URD].

Space, place and politics; Political theory; Identity politics in Northeast India


Tribal Politics in Tripura: A spatial analysis, in Ambagudia and Xaxa (eds), “Handbook of Tribal Politics in India”, Sage, 2021.

"Foot soldiers of the Zomia: Writing as Disruption", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 56, Issue 8, 2021.


"Conflict Resolution in Tripura", India-Seminar, 732, 2020.

"From Pllace Everywhere to Placeless: Space, (Im)mobility and Exclusion", SKWC Journal of Social Sciences, Imphal, 2012.

"Heroes and Histories: The Making of Rival Geographies of Tripura", Occasional Paper Series 34, Nehru Memorial Library and Museum, New Delhi, 2013.

"Celebrating a new New Year in Tripura: Space, place and identity politics", in Yasmin Saikia and Amit Baihya [eds] Northeast India: A place of relations, Cambridge, 2017.


 "Where to be Left is no longer dissidence: A reading of Left politics in Tripura", Economic and Political Weekly, May 2017, Vol LII No 21.


"How not to fight discrimination in India: Desire, difference and the Northeast", in Economic and Political Weekly, June 25, 2016, vol LI No. 26 and 27


Agartala as a settler colonial town, in IIAS The Newletter No 77, summer 2017 (July)

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I teach Political Science and its concerns at the Center for Undergraduate Studies.

Introduction to Research and Writing, Research Methodology, Conflict Resolution II, and Indigenous Peoples Movement at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Qualitative Research: Theory and Practice at the Unit for Research and Development.

Email: r.debbarma[at]tiss[dot]edu