Ajay Kumar Gautam

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


2021  PhD, Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2017  MPhil, Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2013  MA, Public Administration, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

2010  BBA, Business Administration, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut



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 Gautham’s research interests lie at the intersection of urban socio-spatial development and urban informality and inequality; with a focus on land and housing; community lives and livelihoods; caste and emerging socio-economic inequalities in urban space. His research analyses how power and inequality are created and contested through control over access to particular places. His scholarship also disentangles how the structure of local governance and urban laws interacts with housing and development policies to shape the spatial structure of our social world in ways that produce socio-economic and caste inequality.


Before joining IIHS, he was a China-India Visiting Scholars Fellow at Ashoka University. Ajay is a postdoctoral fellow with the IIHS School of Human Development team.

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/