Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5354 USA
Dolly Daftary focuses on the political economy of development and the impact of social and economic change processes on resource-poor communities, with particular emphasis on the developing world. She investigates how institutions at the global, national and local levels shape human well-being in vulnerable communities in a period of globalization. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in India, which is her home, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Daftary's current work explores the impact of economic liberalization policies on semi-arid communities inhabited by the greatest proportion of the world’s poor, specifically market-driven development strategies spawned by liberalization. She is studying how market-driven approaches like microcredit and commodity-production interact with social norms to shape ground-level effects. She is also exploring the interaction of market-based development policy with democratic decentralization. Her work is coalesced around issues of livelihoods, poverty, inequality, human capabilities, social inclusion, sustainable development, service delivery and participatory development. While South Asia is her regional focus, her interests include Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States. Her scholarship appears or is forthcoming in "International Social Work", "Journal of Development Studies," "Journal of International Development", “Community Development Journal” and "Development and Change", among others. Daftary teaches courses in social welfare policy and research methods.