Keshab Das is a professor at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India. He holds MPhil (Applied Economics) and PhD (Economics) degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (through the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
He is a recipient of the VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences (Economics) and had been empanelled as an Indian Council of Cultural Relations Chair Professor in Economics. He has been a visiting research fellow/faculty at the following: Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa; University of Insubria, Varese, Italy; International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands; University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba, Japan; CNRS-REGARDS, Bordeaux, France; Maison des Sciences de lHomme (MSH), Paris, France; and University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
With eight books, his research focuses on local and regional development; industrialization strategies; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), clusters and globalization; informality; innovation; labour, basic infrastructure and politics of development.