About the King’s India Institute

The King’s India Institute was established in 2011 to pursue multi-disciplinary research, teaching and public engagement on contemporary India. Drawing on our research and through a range of events, outreach activities and partnerships, we contribute to public understanding of India’s political, social and economic life and its role as a global actor.

The India Institute has a core group of directly appointed academic staff, while also serving as a hub for the wider community of scholars and students working on India across the social sciences, arts and humanities, and law at King’s. The Institute has played a leading role in the development and launch of the MSc Global Affairs in collaboration with the cluster of Global Institutes in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy.

The MSc Global Affairs (70 students in 2020-21) examines the politics, society, economics and history of the world’s non-western regions and rising powers, and their role within a changing world order. The Institute offers a number of Masters’ level modules on India as part of the MSc Global Affairs, which are also open to students in other departments in the faculties of Social Science & Public Policy, and Arts & Humanities.

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The Institute also offers the PhD Contemporary India, and a joint PhD programme with the National University of Singapore. There are currently over 20 PhD students based in the India Institute. The Institute is also actively engaged in a number of executive education programmes, including leadership of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s South Asia Diplomatic Academy.

Research is at the heart of the India Institute’s mission. Our multi-disciplinary team of academic staff have attracted over £2.5 million of research funding since 2011 from major funders including the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission among others. Our research projects involve collaboration with a range of international and UK-based partners. The Institute hosts post-doctoral researchers and visiting fellows working on contemporary India and runs a fortnightly research seminar series. Current areas of research strength include democracy, the state and political institutions in India; political economy; Indian foreign policy and strategic studies; and society and economy in India.

The Avantha Chair was established in 2011 as part of a £3 million gift to King’s College London to help deliver the mission of the India Institute.

Annual report of the King's India Institute 2020

Annual report of the
King’s India Institute 2020


In this annual report we demonstrate our range of activities,
our vibrant research culture, and existing and new international partnerships.



About the School of Global Affairs

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy


The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) is home to one of the largest, most diverse and international communities for social research and education in the UK and Europe. SSPP has world-leading expertise across social science disciplines, with recognised strengths in security studies, political economy, global health, social risk and resilience, and education and social justice. We have a global perspective with deep expertise about important and dynamic regions of the world, including the European Union, China, India, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East. In the 2020 THE subject rankings for Social Science, King’s stands at 38th in the world and 6th in the UK, while in the 2020 QS rankings King’s is 15th in the world for Politics & International Relations, 4th in the UK. Our objective is to be in the world top 20 across all our major fields.

SSPP currently have around 7,400 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students and about 700 academic and research staff, supported by 130 professional services staff.  Our staff come from over 130 countries, with around half coming from outside the UK, while nearly 60% of our students are from the EU and the rest of the world.

We believe our education and research can influence change by focusing on real-world problems, by combining perspectives, insights and methods from different bodies of knowledge, and by working with our partners in society. We have deep relationships with government, business, civil society and international organisations, using our position in central London to convene and influence understanding, innovation and practice in the UK and internationally. We share a commitment to engaged curiosity and action in an open, collaborative and inclusive culture.

We are proud of the tradition of excellence within the Faculty.  We are home to the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe, GCRF Hub on Resilient Cities, Leverhulme Centre on Wildfires, ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health and NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit.

King’s has made significant investments in the Faculty in recent years.  For instance, the International School for Government and Global Institute for Women’s Leadership were both launched within the last three years.

The Faculty is organised as follows:


About King’s College London


King’s College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King’s is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.

King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 43,000 students (including more than 18,000 postgraduates) from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21).

King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.