Mr. Devanjan Khuntia

Assistant Professor

Professional Biography

Devanjan Khuntia’s expertise is in the sociology of urban space. He aims to understand the complex relationships between neo-liberal global market economy and formation of urban social spaces in contemporary India; sociology of crime: forensic sociology; and political economy of news media in contemporary India and its role in shaping public consciousness.

Prior to taking up the current role at GD Goenka University in 2019, Devanjan has served in academic and research positions such as Research Associate and Teaching Assistantship for various national and international universities such as University of Gottingen (Germany); National University of Singapore (Singapore); Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), and the Centre for Development Studies (India). He is also a trained Broadcast Journalist having served at various National Media houses in New Delhi that have expertise in crime and investigative journalism.

Devanjan Khuntia is pursuing his PhD in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University). He has an M.Phil in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University); MA in Rural Development from (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi); Post Graduate Diploma in Radio & Television Journalism from the Department of Film & Television Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, (New Delhi); and a undergraduate degree in English Literature from Delhi University.


Scholarly Journals
‘Spatial magnitudes and social metaphysics: Revisiting Aristotelianism’, JMS International Multi-disciplinary e-journal. Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 386-392. (Khuntia, D., 2018).

‘The electronic marginalization of women in contemporary India: New social media platforms and the mediated gender roles’, The Fourth Word. Vol. 38 Issue 2, pp. 47-61. (Khuntia, D., 2016).

‘A journey to the land of warriors’, Development Alternatives. Vol. 18. Issue 3, pp. 8-14. (Khuntia, D., 2008).

‘Bias haunting: The fourth pillar of democracy?’ Development Alternatives, Vol. 18 Issue 7, pp. 3-11. (Khuntia, D., 2008).

Research Monographs, Books and Book Chapters
‘Structuring the ‘Expected’: New social media platforms and the role of women in urban

spaces’, In Nazmunnessa Mahtab (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Women’s Issues and Rights in Developing World. IGI Global USA. pp. 307-322. (Khuntia, D. 2018).

Scholarly Conference Proceedings
‘Mediated Social Construction of Crime in Urban Spaces: A Sociological Study’, PhD Scholars Seminar, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. (1-2 February 2018).

‘Media construction of crime and gender disparities in urban health: A case study of National Capital Territory of Delhi’, International Conference on Sanitation, Health and Urban Development, Department of Sociology and Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. (21-22 December 2017).

‘Politics of media imagination: Understanding urbanism and spatial experiences in Delhi’, International Conference on Politics, Society & Culture in South Asia, Department of Sociology, University of Lucknow. (4-6 March 2017).


Devanjan’s current research is on ‘Deconstructing social spaces into gendered urban spatialities: A sociological study of Sohna Town’. This study maps the change in land use, change in economic system or change in infrastructural development and the relative primary objectives of accommodating monetary investment interests in Sohna town. This ethnographic study documents and analyses impact of such changes on social space and relating production of social relations and corresponding gender roles.