Ajay Kumar Gautam

Post-Doctoral Fellow | agautam at iihs dot ac dot in


2021    PhD, Law and Governance Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

             Delhi NCR, India

2016    MPhil, Law and Governance Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

             Delhi NCR, India

                                     2013    MA, Public Administration Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia Delhi NCR, India

                                     2010    BBA Mewar Institute of Management, Chaudhary Charan Singh University Delhi NCR, India

Countries: India, Nepal
States: Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka
Cities: Delhi NCR-Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon; Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Patna
Languages: English, Hindi

Ajay Kumar Gautam’s scholarly pursuits are rooted in the dynamic intersection of urban socio-spatial development and the realms of urban informality and inequality. His research focal points encompass the intricate dynamics surrounding land and housing, the intricacies of community lives and livelihoods, as well as the interplay of caste and emerging socio-economic disparities within urban spaces.


His academic investigations delve into the nuanced analysis of how power structures and inequalities manifest, evolve, and are contested through the regulation of access to specific locales. Ajay’s scholarly contributions also unravel the intricate relationship between the configuration of local governance, urban laws, and the implementation of housing and development policies. Through this exploration, he seeks to illuminate how these elements collectively shape the spatial structure of our social world, giving rise to socio-economic and caste-based inequalities.


Prior to his affiliation with IIHS, Ajay Gautam served as a China-India Visiting Scholars Fellow at Ashoka University, further enriching his perspectives on cross-cultural dynamics. Currently, he contributes as a postdoctoral fellow within the IIHS School of Human Development team, where his research continues to shed light on the multifaceted dimensions of urban development, inequality, and social structures.


  • Identity and Social Practice, Social identity, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS
  • Housing Policy and Practice: Rental Housing, Housing, Urban Fellows Programme (UFP), IIHS

Journal Articles

  • Gautam, A. K., & Waghmar, B. S. (2021). Dynamics of caste and landlessness: A missing perspective in urban development. Economic and Political Weekly, 56(10).
  • Gautam, A. K., & Waghmare, B. S. (2021). The plight of street vendors in India: a failure of urban governance and development. Economic and Political Weekly, 56(45-46).
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). Prime minister mudra yojna and its impact on the economic development of India. Jindal Journal of Public Policy, 4(1), 83-98.
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). Role of coordination in effective public service delivery system?.  Journal of Public Administration and Governance, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.5296/jpag.v10i3.17205.
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). Dissent, detention and democracy: A case of Dr Kafeel Khan. Governance and Policy Critique, 1(1). https://www.gapcritique.in/dissent-detention-and-democracy-a-case-of-dr-kafeel-khan/
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). Caste, rape and bureaucracy: A missing perspective. Governance and Policy Critique, 1(1). https://www.gapcritique.in/caste-rape-and-bureaucracy-a-missing-perspective/
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). A critical evaluation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana. Jindal Journal of Public Policy, 4(1), 46-63.
  • Gautam, A. K. (2020). Public policy making in coalition government: Challenges and solutions. Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, 7(3), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.9734/ARJASS/2018/44267
  • Gautam, A. K. (2019). Failed governance led to failed state. Governance and Policy Critique, 1(1). https://www.gapcritique.in/failed-governance-led-to-failed-state/
  • Gautam, A. K. (2018). Elucidation of new public management practices in police: A case study of NCR. International Journal of Research in Social Sciences, 8(5), 422-437.
  • Gautam, A. K. (2018). A review of new public management in developing countries. Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 43(5).
  • Gautam, A. K. (2018). Impact assessment of leadership effectiveness in public sector delivery process. Asian Journal of Economics, Business and Accounting, 9(2), 1-5.
  • Gautam, A. K., & Yadav, N. (2017). Essay on durkheim’s theory of division of labour. National Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, 2(3), 580-585.
  • Gautam, A. K., & Yadav, N. (2017). The politics of industrial development in India since independence. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, 2(6), 384-388.
  • Gautam, A. K., & Yadav, N. (2017). Borders – shaping our understanding of citizenship and immigration. Scholarly Research Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(37), 8593-8601. https://doi.org/10.21922/srjis.v4i37.10594
  • Gautam, A. K., & Yadav, N. (2017). Ecological citizenship, sustainability and governance. International Research Journal of Management Science & Technology, 8(8), 182-190.


Other Writing

  • Gautam, A. K., Yadav, N., Suri, K., Garg, K., & Garg, A. (2020). Exploring the socio-economic impact of COVID 19: The case of India (pp. 1-72). Policy Change Initiative. https://pciindia.in/exploring-the-socio-economic-impacts-of-covid-19-a-case-of-india/
  • Gautam, A. K. (2024). Unveiling layers of struggle: Caste, gender, and precarity among Indian street vendors. In A. N. Sharma (Ed.), 64th The Indian Society of Labour Economics Annual Conference. University of Hyderabad.