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Dr Sanjay Barbora

Professor , Guwahati campus

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

M.A., M.Phil. (Delhi),Ph.D. (North-Eastern Hill University)

Dr. Barbora is affiliated to the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. He also teaches core papers at the Centre for Sociology and Social Anthropology. He has been involved in designing the MA courses at both the centres. He is also involved in the Himalayan Universities Consortium (HUC) that involves designing social science research curricula and exchange programmes for universities located in the Himalayan region of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Dr. Barbora completed his PhD from the North Eastern Hill University. His PhD dissertation, Land, Class and Ethnicity: Permutations of Environmental Conflicts in Two Districts of Assam, was part of an internal collaboration carried out with financial and academic support from the Department of Ethnology, University of Zurich and the National Centre for Competence, University of Berne. He also received the SEPHIS (South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development) grant for travel and research in 2004 for the same. Prior to this, he completed MPhil from the Department of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics.


Human Rights; Agrarian Studies; Conservation; Media Studies; Urban Studies; Borderlands.


  • 2002. (with Walter Fernandes). Modernisation and Women's Status in Northeast India: A Comparative Study of Six Tribes. Guwahati: North Eastern Social Research Centre.

Peer-reviewed Monographs

Books (Edited)

Book Chapters (Peer-reviewed)

Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Book Review

  • 2017-18. (with Bengt G. Karlsson). The Travel of Seeds, Clones and Science between India and Kenya. Funded by Seed Fund (Sweden).
  • 2015-17. (with Erik de Maaker). Markets, Ethics, and Agency: Changing Land Utilisation and Social Transformation in the uplands of Northeast India. Funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research [ICSSR] and Dutch Research Council [NWO].
  • 2015-17. Mapping of Children affected by violence in Assam. Funded by United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF].
  • 2015-16. (with Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha). Multidimensional Poverty and Vulnerability Assessment Survey in selected five districts of Meghalaya state, India. Funded by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development [ICIMOD]. 

At TISS Guwahati, I have taught the following papers - 

Papers Taught
Integrated MPhil-PhD
  • Philosophical Foundation of Social Sciences
  • Social Theory and Research
  • “Development Dilemmas”: A Sociological Inquiry into Developmental Discourse in our Contemporary World
MA (Sociology and Social Anthropology)
  • Culture and Society
  • Theories of Society I
  • Theories of Society II
  • Sociology of Development
MA (Peace and Conflict Studies)
  • Approaches to Peace
  • Practices of Reconciliation
  • Media and Peace-building
  • Indigenous Peoples' Movements
  • Forced Migration
MA (Labour Studies and Social Protection)
  • Trade Union Movements
MA (Ecology, Environment and Sustainable Development)
  • Environmental Conflicts and Movements
BA (Social Studies)
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Theories of Social Anthropology and Sociology



Email: sanjay.barbora[at]tiss[dot]edu