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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

India centre for inclusive growth and sustainable development

Deepening and diversifying UK-India relations

Published: 8 March 2019

In March 2019, the University of Southampton launched the India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development with a vision to create a globally recognised think-tank centre for innovation, knowledge transfer and capacity building. The Centre seeks to underpin excellence in research, education and enterprise, driven by common goals, shared values and partnerships.

The Centre provides a platform for our research leaders to come together with policy makers and business and industry partners to deliver evidence-based solutions and unlock the opportunities for policy change, inclusive economic growth, technology and sustainable development for India.  

Over the next decade India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation, home to one in five people. Its economy is booming but if India, and the world, are to reap the rewards of this then the growth must be sustainable – both in economic and environmental terms, benefiting all of society and lifting millions out of poverty. Working together the India Centre aims to play a small role in supporting India to achieve its sustainable development goals, changing the world for the better.

The Centre brings together a mix of expertise and bridges the gaps between disciplines by engaging experts and stakeholders from around the globe. It will focus on a set of core themes in the areas related to policy change, inclusive economic growth, technology and sustainable development.  These areas will include:

Research and development

  • Population and health
  • Economy, culture and society 
  • Environment and climate change
  • Energy and security
  • Science and technology

Policy and enterprise

  • Sustainable development
  • Social enterprise
  • Business development and partnerships

Who we are

Core team

Board of Patrons

  • Baron Lord Kamlesh Kumar Patel of Bradford
  • His Lordship Justice Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India

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