Dan Banik

University of Oslo
Centre for Development and the Environment
P.O. Box 1116, Blindern
0317 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +47 22 85 87 35; Fax: +47 22 85 89 20
E-mail: dan.banik(at)sum.uio.no
Website: http://folk.uio.no/danbanik/



  • Ph.D., University of Oslo
  • M.A., University of Oslo
  • B.A., University of Oslo and St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University

Present Appointment

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
  • Associate Professor and Research Director, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
  • Adjunct Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing


Previous Employment

  • Fulbright Scholar, Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2010-2011)
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University (2010-2011)
  • Head, Academic Network on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (ANLEP) (2007-2011)
  • Head of Reference Group, Norwegian-Finish Trust Fund in the World Bank for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (TFESSD) (2008-2010)
  • Visiting Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C., 2006
  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, 2002-2005
  • Research Director, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, 2003
  • Visiting Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C., 2001      


Nominated/elected posts



Authored Books

Edited Books

  • The Democratic Dividend: Political Transition, Poverty and Inclusive Development in Malawi (with Blessings Chinsinga, to be published by Routledge in 2015)
  • The Legal Empowerment Agenda: Poverty, Labour and the Informal Economy in Africa, London: Ashgate (2011)


  • 'Difference or Indifference: Chinas Development Assistance Unpacked' (with Li Xiaoyun, Tang Lixia and Wu Jin, IDS Bulletin, 45(4): 22-35. (2014)
  • 'Access to Justice and Social Unrest in China's Countryside: Disputes on Land Acquisition and Compensation' (with Zhou Chao), Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, 6(2). (2014)
  • 'Fieldwork amidst Poverty and Deprivation: Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Impact', Indian Anthropologist 44: 53-68. (2014)
  • 'Walking the Talk: Rights, Justice and the Fight Against Poverty' in Charles Sampford (ed.), Access to International Justice, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2014).
  • 'The Global Citizen and the Immorality of Poverty' in Anders Lundell (ed.), Global Citizen: Challenges and Responsibilities in an Interconnected World, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (forthcoming 2014).
  • 'The Pursuit of Inclusive Development in China: From Developmental to Rights-Based Social Protection' (with Li Xiaoyun), Indian Journal of Human Development, 7(1): 205-221. (2013)
  • 'China and Poverty Reduction in Africa', in Guanghua Yu (ed.), Rethinking Law and Development: The Chinese Experience, London: Routledge (2013).
  • 'Growth and Hunger in India', in Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner (eds.), Poverty, Inequality and Democracy, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. (2012)
  • 'Human Rights for Human Development: The Rhetoric and the Reality', Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 30(1) (2012).
  • 'Growth and Hunger in India', Journal of Democracy, 22 (3): 90-104. (2011)
  • 'Governing a Giant: The Limits of Judicial Activism on Hunger in India', Journal of Asian Public Policy, 3(3): 263-280. (2010)
  • 'Governing the Asian Giants: Development Policy in China and India', Journal of Asian Public Policy, 3(3): 207-214 (with B. A. Andreassen). (2010)
  • 'Support for Human Rights-Based Development: Reflections on the Malawian Experience', The International Journal of Human Rights, 14(1): 32-48 (2010).
  • 'Human Rights and Extreme Poverty: African Perspectives' (with B. A. Andreassen) The International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (1): 2-10 (2010).
  • 'The Potential of "Legal Empowerment" in Eradicating Poverty', Rights and Development Bulletin, 13(1): 5-7 (2009).
  • 'Legal Empowerment as a Conceptual and Operational Tool in Fighting Poverty', Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, 1(1) (2009).
  • 'How can Democracy and Human Rights Ensure Freedom from Hunger', Norwegian Foreign Minister's Task Force on Norwegian interests and foreign policy goals in a changing world (2008). Download
  • 'Implementing Human Rights-Based Development: Some Preliminary Evidence from Malawi', mandate of the Independent Expert on Extreme Poverty, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva (2007) (Download)
  • ‘Is Democracy the Answer? Famine Prevention in Two Indian States’, in Stephen Devereux (ed.), The New Famines: Why Famines Persist in an Era of Globalisation. London: Routledge. (2006)
  • 'Democracy, Development and Poverty: Past Experiences and Future Prospects', in Poverty, Politics and Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Bergen: Fagbokforlaget (2006)
  • ‘Democracy and the Politics of Hunger’, in W. B. Eide and Uwe Kracht (eds.), Food and Human Rights in Development, Antwerpen: Intersentia. (2005); Available on Google Books
  • ‘The Politics of Poverty and Human Rights: Dilemmas and Actions’, Chapter 1 in Poverty: Next Frontier in the Human Rights Struggle? Paris: UNESCO. (2005)
  • ‘Corruption and Public Administration’, in R. B. Jain (ed.), Corruption-free Sustainable Development: Challenges and Strategies for Good Governance. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. (2004)
  • ‘Utvikling og demokrati’ [Development and Democracy], chapter 12 in K. Midgaard & B. E. Rasch (eds.), Demokrati - vilkår og virkninger. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (2004)
  • ‘The Transfer Raj: Indian Civil Servants on the Move’, The European Journal of Development Research, 13 (1):104-132. (2001)
  • ‘Matvaresikkerhet og Indias offentlige distribusjonssystem’, [Food Security and India’s Public Distribution System] in Arild E. Ruud et al. (eds.), Nærbilder av India: samfunn, politikk og utvikling [Images of India: Society, Politics and Development], Oslo: Cappelen. (2000)
  • ‘India’s Freedom from Famine: The Case of Kalahandi’, Contemporary South Asia, 7 (3):265-281. (1998)