Dr Apurba Kundu

Acting Dean & Deputy Dean (Academic Development)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

As Acting Dean (from 21 April 2018), Apurba is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences they pertain to its students, staff, and resources.



As Deputy Dean (Academic Development), Apurba is responsible for overseeing all quality assurance and quality enhancement issues pertaining to the student experience in the Faculty. These issues include the content, delivery and assessment of our existing undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses; the development and approval of new pathways; the student experience including retention and progression, and complaints and discipline; learning and teaching innovation; and meeting quality assurance demands of both internal and external audit processes.

After growing-up in Jamaica, India, Ghana and the USA, Apurba came to the UK to study for a BA (Joint Honours) English Literature/Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He then undertook an MA in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna and Washington DC, before returning to England to gain a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University in 2009, Apurba was Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the University of Bradford School of Computing, Informatics and Media, and a senior lecturer in the Bradford Media School. He also has lectured at De Montfort University, Leicester, and Chatham University, Pittsburgh; and served as Ruth Glass Memorial Fellow at the LSE Development Studies Institute, and Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels.

In addition to his work as Acting/Deputy Dean, Apurba undertakes administrative, editorial, refereeing and research duties of national and international significance as a member of the Contemporary South Asia (Routledge) international editorial board (having been the journal's editor from 1998-2007), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics (Germany) editorial advisory board, and Pakistan Security Research Unit (University of Durham, UK). He has also recently been appointed as a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Institutional Reviewer.

Apurba has undertaken a number of funded research projects, most recently as principal investigator of the £411k EPSRC-funded project entitled 'Fair Tracing': empowering producers and consumers by providing enriched information about the roots of goods and services'; later featured as part of the 'Impact! Exhibition' at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2010. Apurba's teaching, writing and research interests include civil-military relations, the politics and security of South Asia, and cyberpsychology.

Together with Dr Sally Everett, Apurba co-founded the BME Network that aims to further the interests of ethnic minority staff at the university. A significant goal was recently realised when Anglia Ruskin University joined the Race Equality Charter of the Equality Challenge Unit.

Selected recent publications

'Operation Blue Star and Sikh and Non-Sikh Indian Military Officers', Pacific Affairs (Vancouver) 67:1 Spring 1994, pp 46-69 (ISSN 0030851X) reprinted in S. Gates and K. Roy, Unconventional Warfare in South Asia, 1947 to the Present (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)

'The Fair Tracing project: mapping a traceable value chain for Indian coffee' (with Ashima Chopra) Contemporary South Asia (Taylor & Francis) 17:2 June 2009, 213-223

'The Fair Tracing project: digital tracing technology and Indian coffee' (with Ashima Chopra) Contemporary South Asia (Taylor & Francis) 16:2 June 2008, pp 217-230

'Curry Powder' in S. Sayyid, N. Ali, V.S. Kalra (eds) A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain (London: Hurst & Co, 2006), pp 72-3

'The National Democratic Alliance and National Security,' in K. Adeney and L. Saez (eds), Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism (London: Routledge, 2005) pp 212-236