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Joe Thomas Karackattujoethomas
Assistant Professor
Room No.: HSB 330A
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4541
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Academic Background:
  • International Relations (MA, MPhil and PhD; Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)
  • Economics [BA (Hons); St. Stephen's College, Delhi].
  • Fox Fellow - (2008-09) at Yale University.
  • Invited to serve as an Editor of H-Asia (a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online) for a period of two years
  • ‘2015 Emerging Scholar’ from India, chosen by the India China Institute, The New School, New York, USA for research on ‘India-China boundary making’
  • 2013 Nominated Award: Recipient of the inaugural “Centenary Visiting Fellowship” award, SOAS, University of London, UK (in-residence)
  • Delivered the Second Lecture of the “CFCS Young Scholars Lecture Series”, invited by the Center for China Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, 27 April 2012, Taiwan
  • Recipient of the 2011 "President's Award" at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses [IDSA] for outstanding publication in an International peer-reviewed journal
  • Awarded the INLAKS Foundation Research Travel Grant 2009
  • Diploma and Medal of Honor from Fu Hsing Kang College (Taipei), 2007, Taiwan
  • Awarded the 'Ranojit Khanna Memorial Scholarship' for the year 2000-01 by the Department of Economics, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi
Areas of Interest:
  • Economic interdependence and conflict
  • Sino-Indian relations
  • China's foreign and economic policy
  • Cross-Strait ties
  • Democratization and economic development in Taiwan
Recent Publications:
  • The Economic Partnership Between India and Taiwan in a Post-ECFA Ecosystem (Series: SpringerBriefs in Economics), June 2013, ISBN 978-81-322-1277-5, Springer
Refereed Journal Articles:
  • “Assessing Sino-Indian Economic Relations in an Interdependence Framework: 1992-2008”, Economic and Political Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2015, 129-159
  • "India-China trade at the borders: challenges and opportunities", Journal of Contemporary China, Taylor & Francis, USA; Vol. 22, No 82, July 2013
  • “Post-ECFA Outlook for the relationship across the Taiwan Strait”, Issues & Studies, Vol 48, No 4, December 2012
  • "‘Social Capital’ and its Significance in Reimagining Chindia", Strategic Analysis, January 2012, Volume 36, No 1, pp 23-29, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, UK
  • “China’s response to the global economic crisis: An Indian perspective”, China Public Administration Review, Volume 11, 2011, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, China
  • (with Jiyong Jin) (2011), "Infectious Diseases and Securitization: WHO's Dilemma", Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, June 2011, Vol. 9, No. 2: 181-187, USA
  • “Fighting the recession: the Elephant and the Dragon”, South Asian Studies Quarterly, No 137: 2, April-June 2009, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • "The 2008 Referendum: A Test for Cross-Strait economic interdependence", China Report, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan-March), 2008, SAGE Publications
  • Forthcoming: “India-China border dispute: boundary making and shaping of material realities in the late 19th and 20th century”
Occasional Paper:
  • “India–China economic relations: trends, challenges and policy options”, ICS Occasional Paper # 6, December 2013, The Institute of Chinese Studies, India
Academic Periodical:
  • "South Asian trade: Where does China fit in?", South Asian Journal, Vol 37, July 2012: pp 91-114, Lahore, Pakistan
Review Essay:
  • Review Essay of China, India And Beyond: Development Drivers and Limitations by Natalia Dinello and Wang Shaoguang (eds; 2009), Global Development Network Series: Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, in China Report, 2012, Vol 48, No 1&2, pp 219-223, SAGE
Book Chapters:
  • “China’s economic growth: Retrospect and Outlook” in China Yearbook 2011, New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, April 2012
  • “Democracy and Economics in Taiwan” in Daniel Stockemer (ed; 2011), Democratization Around the World: New Insights from South East Asia, Turkey, Kosovo, Taiwan and Ghana [Hardcover], New York: Edwin Mellen Press, pp 109-139, USA
  • Forthcoming: “The US pivot and rebalancing in Asia: an economic assessment”
Conference/Seminar Papers:
  • Presented the paper titled, “India-China border dispute: assessing boundary-making from 1895-1914 and its impact on shaping of material realities” at India China Conversations, 16 April 2015, Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium for Emerging Scholars on India China Studies, India China Institute, The New School, New York, USA.
  • Delivered a public lecture on ‘Making of the Boundary (and the Dispute) between India and China in the late 19th – early 20th Century’ at the Yale MacMillan Center, Yale University on April 15, 2015, USA
  • Delivered a seminar talk on “Situating the Taishang in Cross-Strait Ties”, 18 March 2015, at SOAS, University of London; Panelist at ‘Facing China and Facing the World: Taiwan’s economic future’, 19th and 20th March, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • Presented a paper on “Rebalancing of Economic Trends: Situating U.S. and China within an interdependence framework in the region” at the International Conference on 'The U.S. Rebalance and Asia Pacific Region', 6th & 7th March, 2015,
 Cochin, Kerala; organized by
the Centre for Strategic Studies
in association with
The U.S. Consulate, Chennai.
  • Speaker and Panelist on India-China relations at ‘Trade, development and global politics: can India and China speak in one voice?’, Panel Discussion organized by the Centre for Economy, Development and Law, Government Law College, Thrissur, Kerala, 30th October 2014
  • Delivered a lecture and a seminar talk on ‘India-China economic relations’ at Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Chengdu, China on July 8th 2014
  • Seminar talk on "China-India border trade: challenges and opportunities ", delivered at the School of International Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, 12 April 2013.
  • Seminar talk on ‘Challenges and opportunities in India-China economic relations’ at the Nottingham University Business School China (Ningbo campus), 10 April 2013
  • Delivered a lecture at the Economics Department at Xiamen University on India-China economic relations, 23 August 2012.
  • “Taishang as key non-state actors: attenuating vulnerability through local economic development in mainland China”, Invited to present at the international workshop on “Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions”, Tuesday, 5th March 2013 in St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, England
  • “Pursuing spatial agglomeration economies at the India-China border regions” at the XII International Scientific Meeting on Border Regions in Transition (BRIT), 12-17 November 2012, Fukuoka, Japan & Busan, Korea; Hosted by Hokkaido University, Japan / Kyushu University, Japan / Dongseo University, Korea
  • "India-China border trade", presented at the Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan, 11 June 2012
  • “EAS at 6” under the lecture theme “Regional Institutions following EAS 2011”, presented at the IDSA-Asia New Zealand Foundation Dialogue [Track II], New Delhi, December 1, 2011
  • “India-China: Enhancing the Economic Engagement” under the lecture theme “China-India Relations: Economy and Trade”, presented at the IDSA-China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) [Track II], New Delhi, April 21, 2011
  • IDSA Roundtable On India-China Bilateral Trade Relations: A Comparative Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses on March 09, 2011; Other speakers: Mohan Guruswamy, Chairman, Centre for Policy Alternatives; TK Arun, Editor (Opinion), The Economic Times; Amita Batra, Associate Professor, JNU
  • “Assessment of power relations in East Asia”, Institute for National Policy Research (INPR) and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taipei, Taiwan, December 6, 2010
  • “Cross-Strait economic interdependence and vulnerability”, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, October 8, 2010
  • “China's economic growth: assessing Taiwanese contribution to key sectors and regions in China, 1987-2008”, paper presented under the theme ‘China's International Profile’ at the “60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC”; organized jointly by the University of Delhi and the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi on 7 October 2009
  • “Democracy and Democratization in Taiwan”, 1st Annual Democracy and Democratization Conference, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, February 27-28, 2009, Storrs, Connecticut, USA
  • “Trade as vulnerability: the case of China-Taiwan economic relations [1987-2008]”, 8th Annual IGS Conference on the Asia Pacific Region, East-West Center, February 12-14, 2009, Hawaii, USA
Magazine and Newspaper Columns / Articles:
Current Research Areas:
a) India-China relations
  • Border trade
  • Bilateral economic ties (trends, challenges, policy options)
  • Border conflict and boundary making
  • History of maritime interaction between India and China
b) Cross-Strait relations
  • Increasing economic integration across the Strait and its impact on security
  • Taiwan’s economic future
c) China’s foreign and economic policy (Regionalization, Currency internationalization, Global production networks)
d) International Relations Theory