My research focus, so far, can be described as political economy of reforms in India. The research can be located at the intersection of certain broad areas that I am interested in, namely issues of globalisation, public policy, labour and politics in India. The broad areas are reflective of the contemporary concerns regarding radical transformations in society and economy ushering tremendous wealth and opportunity along with grappling issues of policy reform, democracy deficit, inequality and ascriptive politics. Methodologically I am interested in comparative research based on mixed methods.
My doctoral dissertation titled ‘Globalisation, Policy Convergence and Labour Market; the political economy of reform’ investigated the political variables responsible for policy divergences under conditions of globalisation. Based on comparative study of four sub-national states of India the dissertation highlighted the crucial role of political actors and processes in sub-national variations in reforms. I want to develop this strand of research further by addressing politics of policy or reform across different case studies and themes.
06/2013 – PhD in Politics and International Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
08/2004 - M.A in Political Science, Calcutta University
06/2002 - B.A in Political Science, Presidency College
After completing my Masters in Political Science from Calcutta University I went directly into teaching. My first academic position was in the department of Political Science at S.A. Jaipuria College where I taught from 2006 to 2012. In 2008 I went to SOAS, University of London to pursue doctoral research on a study leave with scholarship from Felix Foundation. At SOAS, I worked on political economy of reforms under Professor Lawrence Saez. I returned to rejoin my service at S.A.Jaipuria College in 2011 and thereafter joined Presidency University in 2012.
Research / Administrative Experience+
2015- Senior Visiting Fellow, Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney
2014 – Co Principal Investigator in Indian Council for Social Science Research sponsored project. Project title ‘Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Urban Labour Markets: The Case of West Bengal’. Project Director Prof. Achin Chakraborty. Project value Rs. 44.92 lakhs.
2012 – Country Expert for V-Dem project conducted by the University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing, the University of Gothenburg Department of Political Science, and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
2011 - Head of the Department, Department of Political Science, S.A. Jaipuria College, Kolkata
2005- Research Scholar, Peace Studies, Department of History, Calcutta University
Teaching / Other Experience+
07/2017- present - Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Politics and Development, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford University
12/2012- present –Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Presidency University, India (On Leave)
07/2006 - 11/2012 – Full Time Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College, Kolkata, India.
06/2007- 5/2008 - Resource person in Political Science, Netaji Open University
05/2006 - 09/2008 – Honorary Guest Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Presidency College, Kolkata, India.
Post Graduate Supervision+
Life Member of Indian Political Science Association since 2006
Life Member of West Bengal Political Science Association since 2006
Member London International Development Centre since 2008
Mahmood, Zaad (2017) 'Globalization and Labour Reforms: The Politics of Interest Groups and Partisan Governments', New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press
Mahmood, Zaad (with Supurna Banerjee) (2017) ‘Judicial Intervention and Industrial Relations: Exploring Industrial Disputes Cases in West Bengal ', Industrial Law Journal, Vol 46 (3), 366-396
Mahmood, Zaad (2017) ‘Política sem economia: comentários sobre a economia política de desmonetização na Índia’, Conjuntura Austral , Vol 8 (41), 71-85
Mahmood, Zaad (2016). ‘Trade Unions, Politics & Reform in India’, Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51 (3)
Saez, Lawrence and Zaad Mahmood (2016). ‘Business and labor market flexibility in India: The importance of caste’, Business and Politics, DeGruyter, DOI 10.1515/bap-2014-0045
Das Ritanjan and Zaad Mahmood (2015). ‘Contradictions, Negotiations and Reform: The Story of Left Policy Transition in West Bengal’, Journal of South Asian Development, Vol 10 (2), 199-229
Mahmood, Zaad (2015). Governance after poriborton: News, Views and Perceptions, Papers on Democratic Governance, UGC-DRS (Phase II) programme, Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta
Mahmood, Zaad (2014). “Plight of Labour” (Review of the book The State of Labour: The Global Financial Crisis and Its Impact edited by Sharit Bhowmik), The Book Review Volume XXXVIII (5)
Mahmood, Zaad (2014). “The essence of power: Connotations of a contested concept,” in P. Basu (ed.) Political Sociology, Kolkata: Setu publishers.
Mahmood, Zaad (2014). Federalism and Foreign Policy: Limits of the Political-Institutional Framework in India. Institute of Policy and Conflict Studies (http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/federalism-and-foreign-policy-limits-of-the-political-institutional-framework-4284.html), 2Feb.
Mahmood, Zaad (2008). “Reservation as an Affirmative action in the age of globalization: A study of the Indian Experience.” West Bengal Political Science Review Vol. X (2): 84-94 .
Mahmood, Zaad (2007). Book Review of ‘Identity and Violence’ by Amartya Sen. Socialist Perspective Vol.35 (1&2): 91-96.