Dr Priya Chacko

 Position Senior Lecturer, International Politics
 Org Unit School of Social Sciences
 Email priya.chacko@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5088
 Location Floor/Room 4 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Priya Chacko is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide where she teaches courses and supervises research on foreign policy and South Asian politics. She previously held positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her current research projects focus on the impact of market reform on India’s foreign policy and social policy and the intersection of Hindu nationalism, populism and neoliberalism in Indian politics and policy making.

  • Research Interests

    • Indian politics, political economy and foreign policy
    • populism
    • neoliberalism
    • nationalism
    • democracy and authoritarianism
    • Indo-Pacific
    • The political economy of foreign policy
    • The domestic and international politics of South Asia
  • Publications



    • Chacko, P. (ed.), (2016), New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, Dynamics and Consequences (New York and London: Routledge)
    • Chacko, P. (2012), Indian Foreign Policy: The Politics of Postcolonial Identity from 1947 to 2004, Interventions Series edited by Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughn-Williams, (London and New York: Routledge)


    Refereed Journal Articles


    • Chacko, P. (2018), ‘The ‘Right Turn’ in India: Authoritarianism, Populism and Neoliberalisation’, Journal of Contemporary Asia (in press) (date of acceptance 4 July 2017)
    • Chacko, P. and K. Jayasuriya (2018), Asia’s ‘Conservative Moment’: Understanding the Rise of the Right", Journal of Contemporary Asia (in press) (date of acceptance 27 June 2017)
    • Chacko, P. (2017), ‘Marketising Hindutva: The state, society and markets in Hindu nationalism’, Modern Asian Studies, (in press) (date of acceptance 12 January 2017)
    • 4.     Chacko, P. and K. Jayasuriya (2017), ‘A Capitalising Foreign Policy:  Regulatory Geographies and Transnationalised State Projects’, European Journal of International Relations, Article first published online: March 21, 2017, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354066117694702
    • Chacko, P. and K. Jayasuriya (2017), ‘Trump, the Authoritarian Populist Revolt and the Future of the Rules-Based Order in Asia’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71: 2, 121-127
    • Chacko, P. (2017), ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Region Through Gender Equality in Work: Building a common agenda’, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 13: 1, 117-118
    • Chacko, P and A. Davis (2017), 'The Natural/Neglected Relationship: Liberalism, identity and India-Australia Relations’, Pacific Review, 30:1, 26-50
    • Chacko, P. (2016), ‘Foreign Policy, Ideas and State-building: India and the Politics of International Intervention’, Journal of International Relations and Development, First Online: 29 April 2016, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/jird.2016.15   
    • Chacko, P and A. Davis (2015), ‘Myanmar and India: Regimes of Citizenship and the Limits of Geoeconomic Reengagement’ European Journal of East Asian Studies, 1(14), 124-143
    • Chacko, P (2015) ‘Territorial Sovereignty in India and its Discontents’, Economic and Political Weekly, 1 (7), 27-33
    • Chacko, P. (2014) ‘Variegated Neoliberalisation in India and Africa: Toward a New Research Agenda’, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 25 (4), 563-569
    • Chacko, P. and P. Mayer (2014) ‘The “Modi lahar [wave]” in the 2014 Indian national election: A critical realignment?’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 49 (3), 518-528
    • Chacko, P. (2014), ‘The New Geoeconomics of a ‘Rising’ India: State Transformation and the Recasting of Foreign Policy’ Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45(2), 326-344
    • Chacko, P. (2014), ‘The Rise of the Indo-Pacific: Understanding Ideational Change and Continuity in India’s Foreign Policy’ Australian Journal of International Affairs, 68 (4), 433-452
    • Chacko, P. (2014) ‘A New Special Relationship? Power transitions, ontological security and India-US relations’, International Studies Perspectives, 15(3), 329-346
    • Chacko, P. (2011) 'The Search for a Scientific Temper: Nuclear Technology and the Ambivalence of India’s Postcolonial Modernity', Review of International Studies, 37, 185-208
    • Chacko, Priya. (2001) "Culture And Politics in an Age Of Global Media: the impact of satellite television and the internet in India." Flinders Journal of History and Politics 22.2001-2002: 110-123.


    Scholarly Book Chapters


    • Chacko, P (2018), ‘Emerging Regimes of Market Citizenship: The Politics of Social Policy in Contemporary India’, in Changing Contexts and Shifting Roles of the Indian State: New Perspectives on Development Dynamics, Springer (in press)
    • Chacko, P. (2018), ‘Constructivism and Indian Foreign Policy’ in Pant, H. (ed.), New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in press)
    • Chacko, P. (2018), ‘Cold War Economic Statecraft and India’s Political Economy in the Long 1970s’ in Bhagavan, M. (ed.), India and the Cold War, New Cold War History Series edited by Odd Arne Westad, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (in press)
    • Chacko, P. (2016), ‘The Decolonial Option: Toward an Ethic of Self-Securing’, in Nyman, J. and A. Burke (eds.), Ethical Security Studies: A new research agenda, New York and London: Routledge
    • Chacko, P. (2016), ‘The Rise of the Indo-Pacific’, in Chacko, P. (ed.), New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, Dynamics and Consequences, New York and London: Routledge
    • Chacko, P. (2016), ‘India and the Indo-Pacific: Regional Architectures and Maritime Dynamics’, in Chacko, P. (ed.), New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific: Drivers, Dynamics and Consequences, New York and London: Routledge
    • Chacko, P. (2013) ‘India and the Indo-Pacific in New Delhi’s BRICS Calculus’ in Laying the BRICS of a New Global Order: The International Relations of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa Forum, Francis A. Kornegay and Narnia Bohler-Muller (eds), Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa
    • Chacko, P. (2012), ‘Interpreting the "Rise of India"’ in The Reluctant Superpower: Understanding India and its Aspirations, Amitabh Mattoo (ed.), Melbourne: Melbourne University Press 
    • Chacko, P. (2012), ‘IBSA in the Foreign Policy of a Rising India’ in Legacies, Identities and Dilemmas: Understanding Contemporary India and South Africa, Sujata Patel and Tina Uys (eds), London, New York, New Delhi: Routledge 
    • Chacko, P. (2011), 'The Internationalist Nationalist: Pursuing an Ethical Modernity with Jawaharlal Nehru', in Shilliam, R. (ed.) International Relations and Non-Western Thought: Imperialism, Colonialism and Investigations of Global Modernity, London & New York: Routledge


    Opinion Pieces and Policy Briefs


    • Drew, G., Chacko, P., Brookes, J. (2016) ‘Could bio-toilets solve India’s sanitation problems and save the Yamuna river?’, The Conversation, 10 November
    • Chacko, P. (2016) ‘Finding the balance in India’s geoeconomics’, East Asia Forum, 18 October
    • Chacko, P. (2016) ‘What escalating Kashmir attacks tell us about Modi’s changing foreign policy’, The Conversation, 16 February
    • Chacko, P. (2015) ‘The honeymoon is over for India’s Modi thanks to Delhi’s AK67’, The Conversation, 16 February
    • Chacko, P. (2014). ‘Why India doesn’t support Western sanctions on Russia’, East Asia Forum, 6 May
    • Chacko, P. (2014). ‘BJP set to win but India’s challenges may bring its ‘Modi model’ undone’, The Conversation, 8 May.
    • Chacko, P. (2014). ‘Crisis of political legitimacy heralds change at the top in India’, The Conversation, 2 January.
    • Kornegay, F. and Chacko, P. (2013). ‘Toward a Delhi Declaration? India, IBSA and the Indo-Pacific’, FPRC Journal, no. 2, pp. 70-8.
    • Chacko, P (2013). ‘India and the Indo-Pacific: Three Approaches’, The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 24 January.
    • Chacko, P. (2012). ‘Three countries, one centre of gravity’, The Hindu, 12 December.
    • Chacko, P. (2012). India and the Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Regional Vision, Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre Policy Brief, No. 5, November.


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesInternational Relations
    ExpertiseIndia; South Asia; foreign policy

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