Associate Professor, Economics and Finance

Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City
M.A., Mumbai University
B.A., St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, Office 13
Phone: +41 91 986 36 36

Poulomi Dasgupta is an associate professor of Economics and Finance at Franklin University Switzerland. She received her Ph.D. from University of Missouri, Kansas City with specializations in Political Economy and Development Economics and her masters from Mumbai university with a focus in Industrial and Monetary Economics.

At Franklin, she teaches courses on Political Economy, Development Economics, International trade, and Microeconomics amongst other economics courses. She has led travel courses to India, Bhutan, and Switzerland.  She is a faculty and co-coordinator of the master’s program in Political Economy of Money and Development at Franklin. She also co-manages the Franklin Frank Community Engagement Program. She is an alumnus of African Program on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) and is a Research Scholar with the Global Institute Sustainable Prosperity (GISP). She also advises a student led discussion group called ‘Rethinking Economics’.

Her research focuses on issues of employment and the informal sector in developing economies. In her dissertation, she used village level surveys in India and to investigate the impact of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on rural economy. Her other areas of research interests are care labour, sustainable development in developing economies, political economy of labour and critical pedagogy. Her work on employment, sustainable development and critical pedagogy have been published in various journals and publications like Springer and Palgrave. She has presented her work on topics including labour markets in colonial India, public employment and hunger at conferences including the International Initiative to Promote Political Economy, AFIT and European Labour History Network.

Professional Experience:

Lecturer, St. Peter’s University, New Jersey

Instructor, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Research Associate, Economic and Political Weekly, India



Her research focuses on political Economy of informal sector, labour and labour organizations, care labour, sustainable development, critical pedagogy.

Dasgupta, P and Vogelaar, A. Reimagining Labour for a Sustainable Future. Routledge (Forthcoming Monograph 2021)

Dasgupta, P and Vogelaar, A. “Brand Bhutan and the Political  Economy of Sustainable Tourism” Chapter in Planning and Managing Sustainability in Tourism, Springer (In Print, 2021)

Dasgupta, P. “Using travel to teach Sustainable Economic Development” Chapter in ‘Rethinking economics- experiences from plural socio*economic higher education’. Springer VS. 2020

Dasgupta, P. "Employment Generation Scheme and long term Development-A Case Study in India", Book Chapter in The Job Guarantee: Toward Full Employment, Volume II, Palgrave Publication. 2013

Dasgupta, P. "Trade, Environment and Development: An Ecological economics perspective", Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, University of Missouri Kansas City, 2012

Dasgupta, P. "Democracy in Developing country-Which way is it headed?", Oeconomicus Department of Economics, University of Missouri Kansas City, Vol VIII, 2008.

Articles and book reviews:

Book Review "How rich countries got rich...and why poor countries remain poor?", Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 52, November 8, 2007.

Chapters on Infrastructure, Industry and Public Finance in Monthly Economic Review, Economics and Political Weekly Research Foundation

Honors and Achievements:

Awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantship at UMKC, Department of Economics (2007-2011)

Chancellors GTA Award, UMKC (2007-2012)

Chancellors Non Resident Scholarship, UMKC (2007-2012)

Selected and participated in the African Program on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) in Durban, SA. (Summer 2010)


Conferences and Invited Talks:

Dasgupta, P (with Vogelaar,  A). "Reimagining Labour: Cooperatives as Sites of Resilience and Intervention, 2020 European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)

Dasgupta, P. “Food Security and Employment  Generation in India”, Paper presentation at the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.   

Dasgupta, P. “Labour in India: Lessons from the Colonial Period”, Paper presentation at the European Network of Labour Historians (ENLH), 2015 in Turin, Italy

Dasgupta, P. “Applying the capability approach to India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Program”, February 2013 at Siena College, New York.   

Dasgupta, P. “Labor Institutions in Colonial India”, Paper presentation at Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT) 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dasgupta, P. “Rethinking Development Economics”, March 2013  at State University of New York, Potsdam


Guest speaker on radio show “Economics Unmasked” from March-August 2011 Heartland Labor Forum, KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City, MO. Topics include ‘Workers of South and North” and “IMF and Developing countries”

Panel discussant with American journalist Alan Friedman at the Lugano Human Rights Film festival 2018