Faculty Profile


Dr. Anirban Sengupta


  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • M.Phil. in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • M.A. in Sociology from University of Kalyani, Kalyani, West Bengal

Past Experience

Prior to joining Ambedkar University Delhi, Anirban Sengupta has worked as:

  • Lecturer in Department of Sociology, Christ University, Bangalore from July 2007 to September 2008 and from June 2009 to March 2010
  • Research Associate/Consultant for Maharashtra Human Development Study Project at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai from August 2003 to October 2003 and from December 2003 to March 2004
  • Lecturer at Centre for Child and Youth R

My Zone / Area of Expertise

In the early years Anirban Sengupta worked around decentralized management of primary education with special focus on village education committee. While his interest in school education has continued, since PhD he has developed interest in the broad area of entrepreneurship and has remained associated with that field. For his PhD he has worked on the interrelationship between entrepreneurship and social capital in the context of Information and Communication Technology industry in India. Afterwards, he has also worked on other aspects of Sociological significance in connection with entrepreneurship. Of late he is working on the interrelationship between entrepreneurship and discourses around urban land use in Delhi. He is also involved in research to understand development of private universities in India from the perspective of entrepreneurship.

Research projects

  • Seed Money Grant project funded by Ambedkar University Delhi titled "Private university in india: Between development of education, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility"
  • Ambedkar University Delhi research project titled, “City, Land Use and Industrial Relocation: Entrepreneurship and discourses around land use in Delhi”


  • Life Member, Indian Sociological Society
  • Life Member, Indian Association for Women’s Studies




2016. Entrepreneurship and social capital: Relationships and start-ups in indian ICT industry (ISBN: 9788131607879). Jaipur: Rawat Publications.

Articles published in academic journals and edited books:

2020, May 9. Rapid Growth of Private Universities: Transformation of the University Space. Economic and Political Weekly, LV(22), 45-52. 

2019, November 9. Faculty development training and quality of higher education. Economic and Political Weekly, LIV(44), 18-21.  

2019. Trusting the ‘unknown’: Impersonal mediation and development of new business in e-commerce. In Trust in transactions (pp. 254-280) Edited by Prasanta Ray and Rukmini Sen. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.

2019. ‘Suitable’ locations for ‘state private universities’ in India: Anticipated demand and state regulatory frameworks. Contemporary Education Dialogue, 16(2), 179-207.

2019. A teacher in the making. In A Song called teaching: Ebbs and flows of experiential and empathetic pedagogies (pp. 123-132) Edited by Honey Oberoi Vahali. Delhi: Aakar Books.

2017. Atlas.ti and formulation of grounded theory: Understanding entrepreneurship using qualitative data. In Knowing the social world world: Perspectives and possibilities Edited by N. Jayaram. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.

2011. Network strategy and access to business finance: Indian entrepreneurs in the Information and Communication Technology industry. Journal of Entrepreneurship, 20(1), 103-126.

2010. Social capital and entrepreneurship: An analysis of methodological issues. Sociological Bulletin, 59(3), 323-344.

2005. Village education committees in West Bengal, India: Planned visions and beyond (With G.G. Wankhede). International Journal of Educational Development, 25(5), 569-579.

Articles published in popular media:

2018 (30 December). If school education is a market, parents are customers! But how many private schools adhere to the customer? at DailyO available at https://www.dailyo.in/variety/schools-education-nursery-children-government-schools/ story/1/28591.html on 2 May 2019.

2018 (17 April). We did a Hindi Medium. Why we are sending our daughter to a Delhi government-run school. at DailyO available at https://www.dailyo.in/variety/nursery-admission-education-private-schools-hindi-medium-kindergarten/story/1/23510.html on 2 May 2019.

Book reviews:

2014. Business and community: The story of corporate social responsibility in India by Pushpa Sundar, 2013. New Delhi: Sage Publications. In Sociological Bulletin, 63(2):159-159.

2013. The politics of poverty: Planning India’s development by D.K. Rangekar, 2012. New Delhi: Sage Publications India. In Sociological Bulletin, 62(1): 158-160.

2012. Development windows: Essays in honour of Professor V.M. Rao Edited by R.S. Deshpande, K.V. Raju, S.M. Jharwal, and D. Rajsekhar, 2011, New Delhi: Academic Foundation. In Sociological Bulletin, 61(2): 373-375.

2009. In an outpost of the global economy: Work and workers in India’s information technology industry Edited by Carol Upadhya and A.R. Vasavi, 2008, New Delhi: Routledge. In Sociological Bulletin, 58(2): 274-276.

2007. Power matters: Essays on institutions, politics, and society in India by John Harriss, 2006, Delhi: Oxford University Press. In Sociological Bulletin, 56(2): 315-317.

2003. Community participation and empowerment in primary education Edited by R. Govinda and Rashmi Diwan, 2003, New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London: Sage Publications. In The Indian Journal of Social Work, 64(4): 572-575.

2001. Decentralization of education: Why, when, what and how? by Noel F. McGinn and Thomas Welsh, 1999, Paris: UNESCO]. In Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, XV (1): 128-130.


Seminar / Conferences

  • 2017, January 22-25. “Including women entrepreneurs: Development strategies and diversity of gendered lives” at XV National Conference on Women’s Studies of Indian Association for Women’s Studies at University of Madras, Chennai.
  • 2015, November 16-18. “Commoditization of trust mediation and development of new business relationships” at Economic Sociology Conference on Trust in Transactions, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata.
  • 2013, March 13-15. “Developing grounded theory using Atlas TI: Analysis of qualitative data on entrepreneurs” at Conference on Knowing the Social World: Challenges and Responses at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, India.
  • 2011, February 16-18. Trust, network, and market: Start-up strategies of SMEs in Indian ICT industry” at Ninth biennial conference on entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad, India.
  • 2007, March 21-23. “Policy and development of technopreneurship: Information and communication technology industry in India” at Seventh biennial conference on the new frontiers of entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad, India.
  • 2007, February 14-15. “Entrepreneurship and resource potential of social network: Case studies from information and communication technology industry” at International conference on social network analysis, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
  • 2002, December 18-20. “Globalization and changing youth realities: A study of Mumbai” at All India Sociological conference, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.