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Riya Rapahel

PhD Student


I received my Bachelors’ in Political Science from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi in 2013. Then, I completed first year of the Masters’ programme at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. I came to Lund University, during the fall of 2014, to pursue M.Sc in Global Studies. During the masters’ I was an academic intern with the Degrowth Research Theme, funded by Pufendorf Institute, Lund University (2015-16). I started as a PhD student at the Department of Gender Studies in December 2016.

Research Areas

  • Political economy, informal sector, labour, financialization
  • Marxist, postcolonial, queer theory

Current research and teaching

Research interests are rooted in discussions of feminist and queer interventions into political economy, Marxist understandings of work and labour, degrowth and alternative economic practices. PhD thesis specifically deals with a case study in India on local neighbourhood traders and seeks to understand how they navigate the changing economic landscapes along with the growth of finance capital. Research activities also include ‘Anticolonial Academia’, Advanced Study Group funded by Pufendorf Institute.

Teaching revolves around issues of globalization and its effects on work and migration, history of modernity in Sweden and the Nordic welfare state.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Riya Raphael
E-mail: riya [dot] raphael [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Department of Gender Studies

+46 46 222 92 50




Riya Raphael holds a Masters’ in Global Studies with a major in Political Science from Lund University.

Research project

Title: ‘Feminist explorations of Value: From informal traders to global finance capital’
PhD. project: 2016 – 2020

Department of Gender Studies
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, House M, Lund
Postal address: Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone +46 46-222 00 00 (operator)
Fax: 046-222 40 04

Faculty of Social Sciences