Pallavi Singh

Pallavi Singh

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PhD Project Title:

From Bazaar to Corporations: Community in Indian Joint Stock Firms, 1920s-1970s

Capitalism in India was historically rooted in community. Trust. networks, and norms substituted for missing institutions. How did informal institutions evolve over time as social and economic contexts changed?


My work comes together in my research, journalism and editorials. I have written, researched and reported extensively on businss and political ecomomy in South Asia, across genres.

A select overview of some of these:   




Public engagements and academic service:

  • Speaker, Rostrevor Literary Festival, Northern Ireland - Nov., 2023
  • Presenter, doctoral colloquium, Business History Conference, Detroit, U.S. - March 2023
  • DfE scholar 2021-2024
  • Member, Gender Equality Committee, Queen's Business School 
  • Public Outreach Committee, Economic History Society, U.K.
  • Member, Business History Conference, U.S.
  • Columnist, Moneycontrol
  • Moderator, Winter School, Queen's University Belfast - January 2022
  • LSE-India scholar 2013-2014
  • Emerging Artist, Breaking Ground Ireland, 2022
  • Mentor, LSE Alumni Network (2018-present)


Research Interests

Economic history, business history and social science history.

Entrepreneurship, Capitalism, Culture, Institutions, Corporate Governance, Ownership and Management of Joint Stock Firms, Gender Equality in Management & Boards, Kinship networks in Banks, Institutional Voids.


Pallavi comes to academia after 13+ years as a journalist and digital audience leader. She built, led and managed teams in audience engagement, marketing and communications at global multinational corporations such as Rupert Murdoch-led News Corp, high-growth startups and digital news organizations such as Prop Tiger, VCCircle, and Hindustan Times, and helped build industry-leading digital products across industries ranging from media and journalism, art-tech, venture capital and digital real estate. In her last corporate role, she was head of marketing and communications at ecommerce startup The Bomway headquartered in London.


She has worked as a Long Form and Enterprise writer at MintThe Indian Express and Hindustan Times in New Delhi, India and reported on emerging issues in political economy, business, politics and policy, inequality, caste and capitalism, culture, and true crime with a focus on South Asia. She continues to write for leading publications in India and the U.K.


She was an LSE India scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science and studied for an MSc in Economic History, and a postgraduate diploma in Print, Broadcast and New Media Journalism at Asian College of Journalism. Her BA (Hons) degree was in English Literature with Economics, Political Science and History.


Her literary debut 'Orisons in the Dark' was published by Writers Workshop in April 2023, and her second book 'Lola in Belfast' is forthcoming in March 2024. Recipient of various grants, bursaries and residencies by the Irish Arts Council, she was recognised as one of the emerging artists in Breaking Ground Ireland in 2022. 

In November 2023, she was one of the speakers at the Rostrevor Literary Festival, joined by various prominent figures from the Irish literary and academic circles such as Princeton university academic and Ireland professor of poetry Paul Muldoon, Queen's University Belfast professor Dr John Barry, journalist Stephen Walker, and writer Csilla Toldy, among others.  

She was awarded the Cill Rialaig Residency supported by the Irish Writers Council in October 2023.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • DS Asia
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • HB Economic Theory
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HM Sociology
  • BL Religion


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