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Patricia Uberoi is an Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. She served as the Chairperson of the Institute of Chinese Studies from 2015-2021. A sociologist by training, Dr Uberoi has taught Sociology at the University of Delhi and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and retired as Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research interests centre on aspects of family, kinship, gender, popular culture and social policy in respect to both India and China.

In addition to her monograph on themes of family, kinship and marriage through various genres of Indian popular (Freedom and Destiny:  Gender, Family and Popular Culture in India, 2006), she has edited Family, Kinship and Marriage in India (1993), Social Reform, Sexuality and the State (1996), Tradition, Pluralism and Identity (co-ed., 1999), Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology (co-ed., 2007), Marriage, Migration and Gender (co-ed, 2008); Rise of the Asian Giants:  Dragon-Elephant Tango (ed., 2008); and (with Kishan S. Rana), India’s North East states, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration (Institute of Chinese Studies, 2012)Her most recent publication is the 4 volume Asian Families and Intimacies (co-ed. with Ochiai Emiko, 2021), a compendium of original translations from Asian languages, in which she had sourced and edited Part III, ‘Transforming Asian Sexualities’.

At the ICS, she has been closely associated for several years with the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Forum for Regional Cooperation, a Track II dialogue focusing on development issues in the region stretching from Northeast India to Southwest China. She is also a Member of the Joint Study Group (India) for the BCIM Economic Corridor.

Interviewed - China's Silk Road encounters resistance in South Asia
30 May 2018

China's new Silk Road is a massive project that sometimes gets in the way of its ambitions. That shows the diplomacy around the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor.

Moving Forward on Parallel Tracks?A New Perspective on the BCIM Initiatives
22 Sep 2016

This paper seeks to address three interrelated issues : realtionship between Track II and Track I levels of engagement, potentialities of sub-regional groupings and India's concer for OBOR from the standpoint of the of the BCIM initiative.

The BCIM Economic Corridor: A Leap into the Unknown?
05 Nov 2014

The BCIM Forum for Regional Economic Cooperation, earlier known as the ‘Kunming Initiative’, was founded in 1999 with the objective of promoting trade and economic development in the sub-region stretching from south west China to eastern India..

The BCIM Forum: Retrospect and Prospect
01 Nov 2013

The BCIM is an activity that is manifestly consistent with India’s Look-East Policy (LEP) and also with the long-term demand of India’s North Eastern Region (NER) for the opening of trade, connectivity and people-to-people contacts...


Areas of interest

Family, kinship, gender, popular culture and social policy in India and China.


Current Positions

    • Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Member, Joint Study Group (India), BCIM Economic Corridor (GOI)

Past Positions

    • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Professor of Social Change and Development, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    • Professor of Sociology of Delhi School of Economics & CSSS, JNU
    • Honorary Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, (CSDS), Delhi


    • PhD, Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    • MA, Oriental Studies, Austalian National University, Canberra

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