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Anil Varughese

Research methods and design; politics of the developing world; international development; global social policy; South Asia

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2556
Email:anil.varughese@carleton.ca
Office:5133 Richcraft Hall

Assistant Professor

BA in Philosophy (University of Madras, India)
MA in Politics (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
PhD in Political Science (University of Toronto, Canada)

Anil’s research interests span comparative politics, political economy, international development, and program evaluation. Broadly, his research seeks to understand how public policy can be harnessed to create equity-enhancing outcomes in the developing world. One facet of his research examines the ways in which the distribution of political and economic power in poor democracies impedes or facilitates egalitarian social policy. The other facet explores critical governance challenges under globalization and their impact on deepening democracy in the global South, particularly in South Asia.

I grew up in the state of Kerala, India, which is widely acclaimed for its relatively high achievements in human development. Moving outside Kerala for post-secondary education gave me the opportunity to observe Kerala in comparison with some of the other Indian states. It got me interested in thinking about the ways in which politics mattered for the alleviation of human misery. Thus, the distribution of political power and the ways in which it impacts the making of social policy became one of my core areas of interest. Despite some recent improvements, appreciation for the fundamental importance of state-managed social support in poor people’s lives remains largely on paper in much of the developing world. I am a comparativist by training and use the comparative-historical method, primarily relying on qualitative evidence, to trace the origins and dynamics of social protection systems in the global south.

Recent Teaching

Governance in Developing Countries

Policy Research

Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation

Research Methods and Design I

Recent Supervisions

PhD

2015 – In Progress
Toward a Comprehensive National Medical Training program in Saudi Arabia
Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Committee member

2013 – In Progress
Policy Transfer and Domestic Institutions:  Malaria control in Uganda and Rwanda Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Committee member

2013 – In Progress
Balancing ‘social’ and economic’: How do social enterprises build social capital? International Affairs, Carleton University
Role: Committee member

MA

2016: Exploring the Trade-Poverty-Inequality Nexus: How International Trade Can both Help and Hinder Poverty Reduction
MA Research Essay, Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2016:  Impact Evaluation of Ontario EcoSchools Certification Program
Capstone Project, Master of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2014-15: Aboriginality, Inclusion and Public Space in the City of Edmonton
MA Thesis, Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Advisor

2013-14: Building Institutional Capacity in Post-conflict Societies
MA Research Essay, Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2014: A New Approach to Child Labour
Directed Studies, Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2013: Social Policy Innovations in the Global South
Directed Studies, Public Policy, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

BA Honours Essay

2016: Human Development Approach and Canadian Faith-based Development Organizations.
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2016: Policy Transfer Mechanisms between International Institutions and States: OECD and German Education System
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Advisor

2015: Participatory Approaches to Water and Sanitation Problems: A Case Study of Mumbai Slum Sanitation Program
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2014: When the Stars Align: An Analysis of Economic Liberalization of India using Kingdon’s Streams Model
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Supervisor

2014: Policy Reform and Influence: An Analysis of Primary Education Policy in India
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Advisor

2013: Peace in Pieces: The Case of Sri Lanka.
Public Affairs and Policy Management, Carleton University
Role: Advisor