Kinjal Sampat

Consultant - Academics & Research | ksampat at iihs dot ac dot in


2013    MA, Sociology of Law, University of Basque Country, Spain
2010    MA, Sociology, Delhi University
2006    BA, Journalism, University of Mumbai



Countries: India
States: Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra
Cities: Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati

At IIHS, Kinjal is managing the study on auto-construction and incremental cities located in Savda Ghevra resettlement colony in New Delhi. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Sociology of Law from University of Basque Country, Spain.


Before joining IIHS, she was associated with Lokniti, programme for comparative democracy at CSDS and Centre for Equity Studies (CES). She has also engaged with peoples’ movements in Mumbai, Gujarat and Rajasthan. She has worked on issues of housing and labour in cities and on issues of income security and safety nets in general. In addition, Kinjal has engaged closely with issues of methods in social science. Her research aims to intensively engage with theoretical paradigms while pursuing interventionist methodologies that are able to inform policy in a bottom-up manner.


In the past, she has contributed articles to Himal South Asian, The Wire and IndiaSpend.

Books/ Book Chapters

  • Bhan, G., Chandola, T., Sampat, K., & Sohane, N. (2019). Building a home. Building a life: Incrementality and investment in resettlement colony. Bangalore: Indian Institute for Human settlements.
  • Sampat, K., & Mishra, J. (2014). Interest in politics and political participation. In S. Kumar (Ed.), Indian youth and electoral politics: An emerging engagement. New Delhi:  Sage Publications.
  • Sampat, K., & Srinivasan, D. (2011). Resisting erosion: Dissent and the Commons. In Vocabulary of commons (pp. 331-348). Gujarat: Foundation for Ecological Security.


Other writing 

  • Sampat, K. (2020, April 13). Covid-19 package: It’s like trying to cure patient on verge of cardiac arrest with physical exercise.
  • Sampat, K., & Dey, N. (2017, June 14). As India ages, Indians seeks universal pension from the Government. IndiaSpend. Retrieved from
  • Sampat, K., & Dey, N. (2017, April 20). Inadequate pensions leave India’s elderly no choice but to work. IndiaSpend. Retrieved from
  • Sampat, K., & Mishra, V. (2017, February 05). There is nothing universal or basic about universal basic in income in India. The Wire.
  • Sampat, K. (2017). Pensions for older people in India. In India Exclusion Report 2017. New Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies, Yoda Press.
  • Sampat, K. (2014, November 21). Global capital local labour. Himal South Asian.