Sharinee Jagtiani

Ms Sharinee Jagtiani

Research topic:
Rethinking Regions and Status in International Relations: The Case of India
Degree course:
DPhil, MPhil

Research Themes:
Foreign Policy and diplomacy International relations Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Groups, Identities and Social Movements Political thought and ideologies 

Academic Profile

I hold the J.N Tata Endowment scholarship for my doctoral research in International Relations at Oxford. As an Indian who has lived as much in my own country as I have abroad, I have long been intrigued by how India is projected and projects itself in the world. I observed that much of India’s self-perception has to do where it locates itself on the map and the specific regional geography it associates itself with. For instance, India has moved from being understood as an ‘Asian country’ to a ‘South Asian country’ to an ‘Indo-Pacific’ country today. I argue that within these regional framings and discourses lie bigger meanings of how India sees itself and wishes to be seen by the rest of the world. My doctoral work therefore, seeks to unpack the relationship between regions and claims to status in the foreign policies of aspiring powers, such as India. 

Since July 2018, I have held the additional position of a visiting research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), which was made possible through a combination of the Scatcherd European Scholarship, the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD Scholarship and the GIGA India Fellowship. GIGA’s focus on combining area expertise with comparative, interdisciplinary, and multi-level analysis, not to mention its India focus, has been an excellent opportunity to develop my project. 

In the 2017-2018 academic year, I have taught the ‘Politics of South Asia’ at Oxford’s PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) undergraduate program and also held an Associate Lectureship in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University. 

Given my work on India and previous experience of academia in Asia, I have been following debates surrounding, ‘Global International Relations’. I noticed the lack of ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity in the political thought that discipline relies on, to explain its core theories and approaches. With this in mind, I co-founded the ‘Global Thinkers of the International’ in 2017 as a forum to examine and discuss the work of IR thinkers who have been largely overlooked by the discipline. Until now, the project has run in the form of a termly themed discussion series, that brought in scholars from across disciplines and academic institutions, who are leading authorities on thinkers from the Spanish-speaking world, South Asia, and China. The sessions were extremely well attendedand attracted a wide and cross-disciplinary audience ranging from undergraduate students to senior professors.

Before commencing my doctoral studies, I have held research positions in Singapore’s top research institutions - the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University, working on China-India relations, Indian aid and investment in African countries and Southeast Asian regional security. 

I hold a Masters in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a Bachelors in Mass Media (Journalism) from Jai Hind College at the University of Mumbai. 

I speak fluent Hindi, Mandarin Chinese at the intermediate level and German at the beginner level.  

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Introduction to International Relations 

Politcs of South Asia 


JN Tata Endowment for Higher Education of Indians

Scatcherd European Scholarship 

DAAD scholarship

GIGA India Fellowship

Cyril Foster Scholarship for fieldwork

St Cross Travel Grant for conference presentations 


Refereed papers/Book Chapters 

‘Unknotting Tangled Lines in the South China Sea Dispute’, with Huang Jing, in Huang Jing and Billo Andrew ed. Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea: Navigating Rough Waters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2015). 

Hits and Misses: ASEAN and Regional Security in Southeast Asia’Harvard Asia Quarterly, 15/4 (2013):73-79. 

Great Powers and ASEAN: ASEAN’s role in maintaining, balancing and sustaining Great Power engagement in Southeast Asia’, in Maslowski Nicolas ed. The 17th International Conference of Young Scholars: crucial problems of international relations through the eyes of young scholars: "Collective Memory and International Relations”: conference proceedings. Praha: TROAS (2013). 

Short Articles and Policy Papers 

India and China in 2015: Interactions in a Changing World Order’, China-India Brief, 56 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (July-August 2015).

India’s Africa Policy – toward a more coherent engagement.RSIS Policy Brief (September 2012). 

China’s engagement in Africa: Viewed through the lens of transformation. 360◦ - The Business Transformation JournalBusiness Transformation Academy (BTA) c/o University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW School of Business (HSW), Institute for Information Systems (IWI), 4, (2012) 44-52. 

Conference Papers and Presentations

‘Rethinking Regions and Status in International Relations: The case of India’. European Union Structural and Investment Funds, Operational Programme Research Development and Education Symposium titled What Makes a Region, Charles University, Prague,September 2018 .

‘Using Archives in International Relations: A route to Global IR?’, Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association, June 2018. 

India’s Role in the Indonesian Decolonisation Struggle’. Annual Conference of the International Studies Association,April 2018 and Modern South Asia Workshop, University of Oxford, June 2018. 

‘Global History and International Relations: Convenience or Convergence?’ Graduate Approaches to Global History, History Faculty, University of Oxford, May 2018.