Director's Corner

Craig Jeffrey is Director and CEO of the Australia India Institute, Australia’s premier centre for the study of India.

A leading authority on South Asian youth, Craig has spent over two decades working in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He also writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, and globalisation and has authored six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in IndiaKeywords for Modern India, and A Very Short Introduction to Modern India. Professor Jeffrey’s work has informed the policy of governments and global organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, UK Department of International Development, and the Australian Government.

In 2015, Craig launched the New Generation Network, a ground-breaking network of postdoctoral fellows researching aspects of contemporary India across Australia.  

Craig is Professor of Geography at the University of Melbourne and was previously Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.