BA (Cambridge), MA (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge), Professional Cert in University Teaching (ILT Accredited)
Human geography

Professor Craig Jeffrey is Director and CEO of the Australia India Institute. He works on contemporary India and youth. Building on long-term social research in north India, he has highlighted the positive contributions of marginalised youth to Indian society, working in Hindi and Urdu, which he speaks fluently. He has written eight books, including the Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press 2010) and India: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2017). Professor Jeffrey has advised over thirty PhD researchers in Seattle, Oxford, and Melbourne and has recently developed a New Generation Network of 12 post-doctoral scholars conducting applied research on contemporary India across Australia. Jeffrey’s work has influenced public policy in the UK, India and Australia.


Director and CEO | Australia India Institute

Professor of Human Geography, University of Melbourne

Affiliate University of Washington

Affiliate University of Oxford

2014 Elected Fellow Academician of the Learned Society of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in recognition of distinguished scholarship and outstanding research with a major impact.

2014 Joseph. W. Elder Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2014 Annual South Asia Research Institute Lecturer, Australian National University 2014

Distinguished Academic Visitor, Australian National University

2013- External Expert, London School of Economics and Political Science

2013- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

2012-13 British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

2011 - University of Oxford Teaching Excellence Award

2011 - Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review Council Member 2009

Senior Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies

2009 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

2008 Walter C. Simpson Society of Scholars Fellow, University of Washington 2006

Nominated for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award

2006 Awarded Outstanding grade by the Economic and Social Research Council for research grant report Democracy, Higher Education and Youth Cultures: Student Politics in North India.

2004 Awarded “Outstanding grade by the Economic and Social Research Council for research grant report Household Strategics, Schooling Regi mes and Social Exclusion in Western UP.

1995-99 Economic and Social Research Council Studentship

1995 Smuts Memorial Fund Fieldwork Award

1995 Trinity Hall Board of Governors’ Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement 1995 Vaughan-Lewis Undergraduate Geography Dissertation Prize

1995 Cambridge University Bateman Scholarship

1994 Cambridge University Bateman Scholarship

2018 Jeffrey, C. A Very Short Introduction to Modern India. Oxford: Oxford University Press

2014 Jeffrey, C. and J. Harriss. Keywords for Modern India. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012 Corbridge, S., J. Harriss and C. Jeffrey India Today: Economy, Society and Politics. Cambridge: Polity; Indian edition published by Oxford University Press, Delhi.

2010 Jeffrey, C. Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of 'Waiting in India. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; Cambridge University Press, 2012.

2008 Jeffrey, C., P. Jeffery and R. Jeffery (2008) Degrees Without Freedom? Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in North India. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; Second edition published in India by Social Science Press and reprinted 2012