Tanya Jakimow is an anthropologist of development, researching in India and Indonesia. The central focus of her work is the micro-politics of local level development. Her current book project (in draft) Development Susceptibilities: the micro-politics of urban development in India and Indonesia, brings affect theory into conversation with theories of power in Development Studies to propose a new approach to understanding power configurations in local level development. It draws upon ethnographic research with volunteers in a community-driven development program in Medan, Indonesia, and with women Municipal Councillors in Dehra Dun, India, and was funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Award. Tanya’s most recently published monograph, Decentring Development: Understanding Change in Agrarian Societies (2015, Palgrave MacMillan, Anthropology, Change and Development series) centres the political economy of selfhood in analysis of rural livelihoods and agrarian transformation, drawing upon research conducted in Telangana, India, and Central Lombok, Indonesia. Her first monograph, Peddlers of Information: Indian NGOs in the Information Age (2012, Kumarian Press), examined the knowledge making practices of small local NGOs in Uttarakhand, India. Her journal articles on these topics (among others) span the fields/disciplines of Development Studies, Anthropology and Asian Studies.
Tanya Jakimow's most recent research is focused on the experiences of local level women political actors in India and Indonesia.
Women in politics; community-driven development; voluntarism; personhood/selfhood; non-government organizations; local development actors; agrarian change; urban development