Malasree Neepa Acharya

PhD Researcher Migration, Diversity and Justice

Junior researchers Political Science (POLI) Ecology & Environment Migration & Diversity
  • Current position PhD Researcher Migration, Diversity and Justice
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Malasree Neepa Acharya joins the IES as a Doctoral Researcher in the Migration, Diversity and Human Rights cluster. She is also a member of the teaching team and course analyst for the Stanford Center for Professional Development’s Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Stanford University. Neepa’s research investigates the mobility and circulation of diaspora entrepreneurs of Indian origin and their impact on emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in Global South technological hubs. Her research interests are interdisciplinary--combining qualitative ethnographic inquiry with quantitative analysis to investigate policy issues at local and global levels.

In her position at Stanford, Neepa is working towards optimizing the real-world application of particular aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. She is part of the teaching team for the courses, Scaling Excellence, Strategy Driven Innovation, and Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset. At the VUB, Neepa has given a course in the Political Science department on Political Structures in Developing Countries with a focus on Cities and Development. She has also taught at the Ecole Supérieure de Communication in Brussels and frequently gives guest lectures around the world, espousing the cosmopolitan attitudes she enjoys researching.

Neepa arrived in Belgium in 2007 to pursue her dual career in baroque violin performance through her study of historically informed performance practice at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with world-renowned musical pedagogue, Sigiswald Kuijken. She is currently focused on combining her composition work on aleatoric improvisation with academic theory on migration, the city, and womanism in the South, to explore mixed-media connections with sound, space, movement, and voice. Her current projects, {interventions} and Poporo!, explore these themes while collaborating with a variety of dancers, designers and mask artists, and musicians from around the world.

Key publications:


Acharya Malasree Neepa (2016) Cosmopolitanism, in Salazar, Noel B. and Kiran Jayaram (eds), Keywords of Mobility: Critical Engagements, New York: Berghahn Books, p. 49-80

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Acharya Malasree Neepa (2014) Perceptions of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs of Indian Origin Returning ‘Home’ to India’s Cosmopolitan Cities, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (forthcoming)

Acharya Malasree Neepa (2014) Postcolonial Music: Pastoral Nostalgia and Urban Imagination in Jibanmukhi gaan in Calcutta (1974-1994), South Asian Journal of Popular Culture (forthcoming)