Craig Jeffrey

Professor Craig Jeffrey

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2019
  • Section(s): Asian Studies


Craig Jeffrey is Director of the Australia India Institute and Professor of Geography at the University of Melbourne. He was appointed to a chair at the University of Oxford in 2012 and moved to Australia to head the AII in 2015. A leading authority on South Asian youth, he has spent over two decades working in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, and globalisation and has authored six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India, Keywords for Modern India, and A Very Short Introduction to Modern India. His work has informed the policy of governments and global organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, UK Department of International Development, and the Australian Government.

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