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Prof. Shamsher Singh
Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Calcutta, Kolkata

Assistant Professor - Sociology

Dr. Shamsher Singh received Junior and Senior Research Fellowship for doctoral research at the Sociological Research Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Economic Analysis Unit, Bangalore Centre. He was awarded doctorate from the Department of Sociology, University of Calcutta. His doctoral research was a sociological study of access of rural households to housing and basic amenities across five states in India using the concept of social exclusion. He has attended one semester of M.Phil. in Sociology course work at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

Dr. Singh has been involved in carrying out socio-economic village studies since one and half decade and has experience of participating in more than twenty such studies across different agro-ecological regions in India. Other than being involved in collecting and processing primary data he has contributed in preparing several manuals like household survey training manual for investigators, manual for organizing village studies, data entry, and manual for calculating household incomes. He has presented his work at national and international academic forums. Before joining FLAME, he worked with the Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad as Post-Doctoral Fellow and at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Centre as Visiting Scientist.

Dr. Singh has worked on the projects funded by UNDP, UGC, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour and Employment. He is an elected member of Executive Committee of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE) for the period 2017-19.

He has a wide range of academic and research interests some of them can be put under the broad themes of - agrarian relations; rural housing; water; sanitation; electricity; quality of life and living conditions; rural development; social exclusion; caste and class; rural and Indian sociology; rural livelihood; and village and agrarian studies.


  1. Singh, Shamsher. 2015. Residential Segregation and Access to Basic Amenities: A Village-Level Case Study. Review of Agrarian Studies, New Delhi. July-December. 5 (2): 127-146. ISSN 2248-9002.
  2. Singh, Shamsher, Swaminathan, Madhura, Ramachandran, V.K. 2013. Housing Shortages in Rural India. Review of Agrarian Studies, New Delhi. July 2013- January 2014,3 (2): 54-72. ISSN 2248-9002.


  1. Singh, Shamsher. 2017. Living Standards of Small Farmers in India. In Swaminathan, Madhura and Baksi, Sandipan (eds.) How Do Small Farmers Fare? Evidence from Village Studies in India, Tulika Books, New Delhi, ISBN 978-93-82381-97-6.
  2. Singh, Shamsher. 2017. Condition of Housing and Access to Basic Household Amenities. In Swaminathan, Madhura and Das, Arindam (eds.) Socio-economic Surveys of Three Villages in Karnataka: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi, ISBN 978-93-82381-88-4, pp. 295-316.
  3. Swaminathan, Madhura and Singh, Shamsher. 2014. Exclusion in Access to Basic Civic Amenities: Evidence from Fourteen Villages. In Ramachandran, V. K. and Swaminathan, Madhura (eds.) Dalit Households in Village Economies, Tulika Books, New Delhi, ISBN 978-93-82381-30-3, pp. 305-32.


“Formal Sector Agricultural Credit and Participation of Marginal and Small Farmers in India”, a report submitted to the Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.


  1. Singh, Shamsher. 2016. What the Clean India Mission Needs to Do. Blog-post for Foundation for Agrarian Studies website, October 19.
  2. Sridhar, V. and Singh, Shamsher. 2010. Rural India’s Communication Divide. Op-Ed in the National English daily The Hindu, August 27.