Dr. Ambuj Thakur

Dr. Ambuj Thakur
Dr. Ambuj Thakur
Assistant Professor
Centre for Studies on Bangladesh and Myanmar



  1. Bachelor’s Degree : B.A. in History (Honours), Presidency College, Kolkata.
  2. Master’s Degree : M.A. in History, University of Calcutta, Kolkata.
  3. Ph.D.: Doctorate in Area Studies (China), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  4. Other: M.Phil. in Area Studies (China), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Professional Experience:

  1. UGC Centre for Studies on Bangladesh & Myanmar, Dibrugarh University, Assam.

         Designation: Project Fellow. Period: February 2016 – June 2018.

Areas of Interest/ Specialization:

  • Sub-regionalism, Area Studies (China, Southeast Asia, South Asia), Borderland Studies


  • Member, Indian Youth Delegation to China in 2011.
  • Ashin Dasgupta Memorial Prize, awarded by the Department of History, Presidency College, Kolkata, 2005.


  1. Visiting Fellow (2014) to the Institute of South Asian Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Kunming, China.
  2. Open Doctoral Fellowship (2013) by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi.
  3. Research Trip to Kunming (2012) on the invitation of Yunnan-SA Council for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation & Cultural Exchange, Kunming, China

Membership of Professional Bodies:

  • Southeast Asia Research Group, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.


Research Publications:

  1. “Sub-regional Cooperation between China and India – An Analysis through the Prism of the BCIM Forum”, Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 16, No.2 (2012/10), pp. 147-185.
  2. “Yunnan’s Opening Up and the BCIM Corridor”, World Focus, no. 426 (June 2015), pp.69-78.
  3. “Understanding China’s Engagement with India’s Northeast: A Historical Analysis”, World Focus, no. 393 (September 2012), pp.25-31.
  4. “The BCIM Forum: China’s stakes for its Southwestern Region”, World Focus, no. 381 (September 2011), pp.605-611.

Book Chapters:

  1. “The Tibetan Dilemma for the People’s Republic of China in the Twenty-first Century”, in Tsetan Namgyal (ed.), The Trans Himalayan Tibet: Identity and Politics, New Delhi: Manakin Press (2018).
  2. “The BCIM Forum: Tracing the Historical Basis”, in Gurudas Das and C. Joshua Thomas (eds.), BCIM Economic Cooperation: Interplay of Geo-economics and Geo-politics, New Delhi: Routledge India (2019).

Paper Presentations:

  1. “Southern Silk Route: Re-interpreting a shared past for securing a common future” (26 September, 2018): International Conference on ‘Economic Development and Social Change in Yunnan’, organised by the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
  2. “Locating India’s Northeast in the Broader Southeast Asian Region: A World-Systemic Approach” (11 April, 2018): Conference on “India’s North-East and South East Asia: The Ethnic Connect”, organised by Sibsagar Commerce College, Sivasagar, in association with Centre for South-East Asian Studies, Gauhati University, Guwahati.
  3. “The BCIM Economic Corridor: Transforming a Remote Frontier into a ‘New Mainstream’” (07 February, 2017): ICSSR sponsored National Conference on “On Borders and Borderlands: Negotiating the ‘Margins’ Under Globalisation”, organised by the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata.
  4. “India’s Northeast: Transforming a troubled Frontier into a Gateway” (28 September, 2015): International conference on “India-Myanmar Relations: Looking from the Border” jointly organised by the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, and Burma Centre Delhi, supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung India.
  5. “Re-conceptualising the Periphery as Globalised Frontier: A Look at India's Northeast and its Neighbourhood” (25 March, 2015): Special lecture delivered at the Department of Sociology, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar.
  6. “The BCIM Economic Corridor: Past, Present and Future” (10 December, 2014): Paper presented at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Kunming.
  7. “The BCIM Economic Corridor: Reviving the Southwest Silk Route” (04 December, 2014): Paper presented at the School of Development Studies, Yunnan University, Kunming.
  8. “Prospects for Sub-Regionalism through the BCIM Economic Corridor” (02 December, 2014): Paper presented at the Research Institute for the Indian Ocean Economies, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming.
  9. “The Dragon, the Snow Lion and the Elephant: Waltz or Wrestle?” (13 March, 2013): Seminar on “Tibet: The Way Ahead” at the School of International Studies, JNU.
  10. “Building a Strong India: Focus on the North East” (2005): National Convention on “Nation Building and Youth in the Era of Globalisation”, at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.

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