Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya

Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya

PRIO Global Fellow

Interests and experience

  • the right to self-determination
  • election reforms in India
  • ethnic conflicts and peace
  • women and peace
  • food security and governance
  • digital technologies and public policies

Professor Anjoo Sharn Upadhyaya has served Banaras Hindu University (BHU)​ for over four decades in teaching and leadership positions and has served as the Senior Professor and Chair of Political Science and as the Dean of Social Sciences. In addition, she has served as the Director of the Centre for Nepal Studies, Director of the Centre for Integrated Rural Development, and Adjunct Professor at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research.

Professor Upadhyaya has an impressive international background, having done post-doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science and worked as the Research Director at the UN University Institute of Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity in the UK. She has also held various academic positions in prestigious institutions, such as Brown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and Wellesley College in the USA.

Professor Upadhyaya is an accomplished author and has published on various critical themes, including the right to self-determination, election reforms in India, ethnic conflicts and peace, women and peace, food security and governance, and digital technologies and public policies. Her work has been published in leading presses, such as Manchester University Press, McMillan, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge.

Currently, she holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at MIT World Peace University, which is a UNESCO Chair seat in Pune.

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