Lucy Dubochet is a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Hirschman Centre on Democracy. Her work at the Center investigates how marginalized urban populations behave around the state in India. It links wider questions about the governance and politics of margins with an attention to recent evolutions in the country’s political landscape. In particular, it considers how changes in electoral politics combine with the recent implementation of biometric technologies of governance to frame such behaviors on the margins of the state.
In parallel, Lucy’s continues work started during her doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her thesis ‘Worth the While? Time and Politics in Delhi’ combined survey findings with extensive ethnographic research in low-income neighborhoods to explore how time and power shape everyday interactions with the state. This research line notably explores the various functions of forced waiting—a prioritizing device for scarce goods, it is also a means of entrenching relations of power and a space where people can come together in collective action across cleavages of religion, caste and gender.
Lucy previously created and headed Oxfam’s research unit in Delhi. She lived and worked in India for many years.
Dubochet, L., ‘Time, money and the nation: Waiting as majoritarian politics during India’s demonetization’, under review American Political Science Review.
Dubochet, L., ‘When men come home and women hide their work: Negotiating gender roles in Delhi’, under review Gender and Society.
Dubochet, L., Das, R., Parida, S. ‘Thorny transition: Women’s empowerment and freedom from violence in India’, background report for the World Bank’s ‘Voice and agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity’ (2014).
Dubochet, L. ‘Civil society in a middle-income country’, Journal of International Development, 24:6 (2012), 714-727.