Maryam Aslany is an economic sociologist of international development. She is currently a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where she is working on ‘Future Migration as Present Fact’ (FUMI), an ERC project led by Professor Jørgen Carling. Focussing on Cape Verde, Ghana and The Gambia, FUMI explores the impact of unfulfilled migration aspirations, and the ways in which migration that has not yet taken place shape the lives of individuals and the development of societies.
Aslany received her doctorate in Economic Sociology from King’s College London in 2018. Her first monograph, Contested Capital: Rural Middle Classes in India, was published by Cambridge University Press (2020). Contested Capital explores the making of India’s rural middle classes from the perspectives of three class theorists: Marx, Weber and Bourdieu.
Following her doctorate, she joined Wolfson College, Oxford, as a Career Development Researcher and Junior Research Fellow, where she worked on the political economy of climate change adaptation in rural India and Fiji. Aslany’s research interests include: patterns of global migration; climate-induced migration; the political economy of climate change adaptation; and informal labour and rural middle-class formation in low and middle-income countries. She is also interested in innovative mixed methods in social-science research.
Aslany, M. (2020) Contested Capital: Rural Middle Classes in India, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Aslany, M. (2019) ‘The Indian Middle Class, Its Size, and Urban-Rural Variations’, Contemporary South Asia, 27:2, 196–213, DOI: 10.1080/09584935.2019.1581727
Aslany, M. and Brincat, S. (2021) ‘Class and Climate Change Adaptation in Agrarian Societies: Evidence from Rural India’, in special issue: ‘Financial Crises and Environment Sustainability’, Sustainable Development.
Aslany, M. and Brincat, S. (in preparation) ‘Village Societies and Their Lived Experience with Climate Change: A case study of Ono Island in Fiji’, to be submitted to The Journal of Peasant Studies.
Harriss‐White, B. and Aslany, M. The political ecology of climate change adaptation: Livelihoods, agrarian change and the conflicts of development by Marcus Taylor. London: Routledge/Earthscan. 2015. ISBN: 978–0–415‐70381‐9 (hbk). Journal of Agrarian Change. 2019, 19: 729-732.