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Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

Assistant Professor, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), F-5, 1st floor, CTARA Building, IIT Bombay


Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil teaches social policy usually through the lenses of inequality, sectarianism, and ageing in developing societies. His research has appeared in Business and Society, Journal of Social Quality, Critical Discourse Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Research Areas

Ageing in Public Policy

Scholars of ageing in advanced democracies have found that transformations to societies (inevitably technology-infused) often result in the exclusion of the most vulnerable groups, particularly older persons, whose increasing frailty cannot keep up with the pace and nature of change. Contemporary urban policies in India seem to disregard these findings and end up repeating the same errors of early adopters. Consequences can be much worse than countries with welfare protections – the prevailing inequalities will worsen and the already unraveling social cohesion will accelerate. I look forward to collaborating with scholars and PhD candidates to ascertain the extent and mode of social transformations such that individual, societal, and normative dimensions of older persons’ social quality are not ignored. Outcomes of such research are found in journals such as Ageing and Society; Critical Gerontology; Ageing, Culture, and Humanities; Journal of Human Development and Capability Approach; Social Quality; Development and Change.

Religion in Politics

Increasingly religious, more specifically, theological imaginations are figuring in the formulation of public policy. On the one hand, I look forward to developing the social movement perspective to chart the influence of religious groups on policies – for instance the mobilization of real or imagined grievances resulting in restrictions on civil liberties, facilitation of hate-speech, and proliferation of pseudo-science and anti-intellectualism. On the other, extracting the potential within theology as a source of inspiration for social mobilizations against inequalities and sectarianism in public life cannot be ignored. I look forward to collaborating with scholars and PhD candidates interested in studying both the liberating and limiting dimensions of religion in public policy making. Outcomes of such research are found in journals such as Political Theology; Discourse and Society Critical Policy Studies; Politics and Religion; Global Ethics.

Academic Background

– M.A. in Public Policy and Management (Development Studies) Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (2005)

– PhD. Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University. The Netherlands. (2011)


Poruthiyil. P.V. (2021). Democratic Socialism: A challenge to Sectarian Plutocracy, In Varman, R. & Vijay, D. (eds). Organizing Resistance and Imagining Alternatives in India, Cambridge, In press.

Poruthiyil, P.V. (2021). A dangerous speech that triggered lynchings in India (2013-2018), Dangerous Speech Project – Global Research Initiative,, In press.

Narayanan, N. C., & Poruthiyil, P. V. (2021). India, Kerala and Covid-19. In Pieterse et al (eds), Covid-19 and Governance. Routledge. p. 50-60.

Poruthiyil, P. V. (2020). Religious ethics: An antidote for religious nationalism. Business & Society, 59(5), p.1035-1061.

Poruthiyil, P V. (2019). Big Business and Fascism: A Dangerous Collusion, Journal of Business Ethics, , 168, p. 121-135

Poruthiyil, P. V. (2019). Semantic dilution of inequality: a smoke-screen for philanthrocapitalism. Critical Discourse Studies, p. 1-19

Poruthiyil, P.V. (2018), Singing with dignity: Adding social quality to organization studies on aging, International, Journal of Social Quality 8 (1), p. 69–87

Poruthiyil, P.V. (2013), Weaning Business Ethics from Strategic Economism: The Development Ethics Perspective. Journal of business Ethics, 116(4), p. 735-749.

Poruthiyil, P.V. (2013), Crouching Standards, Hidden Morals: A Choreographed National Rebuttal of Cosmopolitan Designs. Journal of Business Anthropology, Case Study #4, Spring, p. 1-25.

Poruthiyil, P.V. (2012), Using Religious Epics for Enhancing Morality: A Case for Reflective Judgments. Economic and Political Weekly, 45, p. 73-79.

Positions Held

– Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli