DR Dolly Kikon

DR Dolly Kikon




  • Dolly Kikon is a senior lecturer at the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research focuses on the political economy of extractive resources, migration, development initiatives, gender relations, and human rights in Northeast India. Before coming to the University of Melbourne, Dr. Kikon led an interdisciplinary research project at the Department of Anthropology, Stockholm University. Her work focused on the increasing trend of outmigration among upland societies in Northeast India. The project titled, “The Indian Underbelly: Marginalization, Migration, and State Intervention in the Periphery,” examined the expansion and outcomes of developmental activities by the Indian state in areas associated with economic ‘backwardness’, subsistence agriculture, and armed conflict. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree in Anthropology from Stanford University, Dr. Kikon worked as a human rights lawyer and a community organizer in India. Focusing on land rights among tribal communities in Northeast India, her legal advocacy works extensively dealt with constitutional provisions with regard to land and resource ownership, as well as autonomy arrangements for securing ethnic rights and guarantees.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Stanford University


Available for supervision

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