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Salford Business School academic receives top award

Tuesday 18 November 2014
Dr Bhabani Shankar Nayak

A Salford Business School academic has been honoured with a leading award by the NRI Welfare Society of India for his research on poverty and food insecurity among indigenous communities.

Dr Bhabani Shankar Nayak, a political economist and senior lecturer, was honoured at a special ceremony at the House of Lords. To recognise the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, he was one of just 30 Non Resident Indians (NRIs) globally this year to have been awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA), the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians by the NRI Welfare Society of India, New Delhi.

Dr Nayak has 12 years of research and consultancy experience in different areas of political economy of development and eight years of teaching experience in different undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His research interests consist of four closely interrelated programmes in:

- Political economy of public policy, inequality and development
- Economy and religion in South Asia
- Gender, faith, freedom, globalisation and governance
- Hindu modes of capitalist accumulation.

The regional focus of his research is on the impact of neoliberalism on social, cultural and economic transition of indigenous communities in South Asia, India and Odisha. He is investigating the relationship between Hindu right wing forces, Hindu religion and global capitalism.

Dr Nayak said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen from Indians from all over the world in recognition of my research and its impact."