Dr Balihar Sanghera is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. His research interests include moral economy and political economy. He particularly focuses on power, morality and resistance in Central Asia, and class and social justice in the charitable sector. His research and teaching are postdisciplinary, overcoming traditional academic disciplinary boundaries, and intertwining social theory, ethics, politics, development and critical realism.
Dr Sanghera has contributed to debates on the nature of agency, morality and capitalism, and has explored several important concepts (including reflexivity, lay morality and rentierism) through qualitative research projects.
Prior to joining the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Policy in 2004, Dr Sanghera worked at the American University – Central Asia, Novosibirsk State University and the University of Central England in Birmingham. He studied for a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Lancaster and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Oxford, before earning his PhD in Sociology from the University of Lancaster.
Research interest highlights: Moral economy; political economy; Central Asia; charitable sector; rentierism; social movements; social justice; lay morality; class.
Dr Sanghera’s main interests are political economy, social theory and ethics. He is currently writing up two research projects:
Dr Sanghera has completed other research projects:
Prior to Dr Sanghera’s interests in post-communism and philanthropy, his research focused on the social embeddedness of economic institutions. He completed his doctoral thesis on fruit and vegetable marketplaces in the West Midlands. After his PhD, Dr Sanghera investigated ethnic minority restaurant businesses in Birmingham.
Dr Sanghera normally convenes:
Sometimes teaches a few lectures on:
Dr Sanghera is interested in PhD candidates who are interested in moral economy, political economy, post-socialism, post-Soviet space, rentierism, charitable sector, social justice, lay morality, social movements, class inequalities, resistance, and economic development.
Dr Sanghera has held positions of external examiner, journal referee and fellowship in the UK and abroad.