CoVID-19 and the South Asian State: A cross-national and cross-regional comparison

Research project
Active research
Project size
625 056
Project period
2021 - 2023
Project owner
University of Edinburgh

Research partners
University of
British Academy – GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund)

Short description

Our British Academy-GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) project seeks to analyse and understand how ‘the state’ in South Asia has addressed labour rights and health provision of workers during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a cross-country and cross-regional comparison between India (Delhi, Kerala) and Sri Lanka. It seeks to map variations in state responses to workers’ employment issues and health concerns and relates these to differences in state structure (unitary-federal), regime type (militarisation-electoral democracy), the strength and mobilisation capacity of workers and the nature of party-political competition.