Researchers at UCD

Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati

Assistant Professor

School of Politics & International Relations
Belfield, Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 17168615


Krishna is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland. 

Krishna completed his PhD in Economics from University of Heidelberg, Germany in September 2012. Krishna holds Masters degree in Applied Economics from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and also MBA and a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Honours) from India. Prior to coming to UCD he served as Junior Professor at University of Goettingen (Germany) and at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), (Norway). 

He is a visiting fellow at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a board member of editorial committee of Journal of Peace Research (JPR) and International Area Studies Review (IASR).


Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: Research Paper award: Graduate School of Social Sciences, GGG (paper: Rewards of (Dis)integration? Impact of Globalization on Labor Rights in Developing Countries)
Year: 2010.
Title: Global Development Network (GDN) Best Research Paper Award (paper: Globalization and Growth in Low-Income African Countries with Extreme Bounds Analysis)
Year: 2012.
Title: Víctor L. Urquidi Economics Award for the year 2012 (paper: Fear & Loitering in Mexico: Significance of Age Structur, Education & Youth Unemployment for Explaining Subnational variation in Youth Crime

Other Activities

Public Talk and debate on "Refugee Crisis in Europe" at Samfundsmøte, Trondheim, Norway: January 2016:


My Research work highlighted by the World Bank as one of the prominent works on Workers:


My Research findings cited in The Economist magazine:


My Research findings cited by The American Enterprise Institute


Oped piece, 'Republican Party needs a Compassionate Conservative' in Munich Times newspaper


Oped piece, 'Grexit: Whose Loss will it be?' in Munich Times newspaper  


Oped piece, 'India 'Modi'fied: Armed with massive mandate, can Narendra Modi do a Deng Xiaoping?' in Munich Times newspaper


Oped piece, 'Republicans are no Shenanigans. Its Democracy Stupid!' in Munich Times newspaper


Oped piece, 'Dont Blame Germany: No one Needs Austerity for the sake of Austerity' in Munich Times newspaper:


My Research findings cited in Hindustan Times daily:


My Research findings cited in the Utrop Norwegian newspaper:


My Research findings cited in Australian Broadcast Corporation's (ABC):


My Research findings cited in Indian News:


My Research findings linked in Foreign Policy magazine:,0


My Research findings cited in Børsen (Danish Business daily, February 2011):


Interview on "Why Winning War in Afghanistan is Important for the West ?" in the "Over to You" program of the BBC, December 2009 (Podcast:




Book Chapters

Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Indra de Soysa (2014) 'Free Markets and Civil Peace: Some Theory and Empirical Evidence' In: James Gwartney, Robert Lawson, and Joshua Hall (eds). Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report. Washington D.C: Fraser Institute. , pp.211-229 [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Haider A. Khan (2013) 'Competingfor Investments in Special Economic Zones? An Empirical Investigation on IndianStates, 1998¿2010' In: Jason Miklian and Åshild Kolås (eds). Invisible India: Hidden Risks within an Emerging Superpower. London: Routledge. , pp.184-203 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Indra de Soysa (2016) 'Do Rulers of Natural Resource Wealth Welcome Transparency? An Empirical Analysis of Institutional Change, 1980-2012'. International Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming . [Details]
Diego Hernandez and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2016) 'Politics of Religiously Motivated Lending: An Empirical Analysis of Aid Allocation by the Islamic Development Bank'. Journal of Comparative Economics, Forthcoming . [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Tamazian, Artur (2016) 'Are Left-wing Governments really Pro-Labor? An Empirical Investigation for Latin America'. Kyklos, . [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Arusha Cooray (2016) 'Does Freedom of Information Laws Improve Bureaucratic Efficiency? An Empirical Investigation'. Oxford Economic Papers, . [DOI] [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Arusha Cooray (2016) 'Transparency Pays? Evaluating the Effects of the Freedom of Information Laws on Perceived Government Corruption'. Journal of Development Studies, . [DOI] [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Indra de Soysa (2016) 'Does Cultural Diversity Impede Economic Policy Reform? An Empirical Analysis, 1980¿2010'. Social Science Research, Forthcoming . [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2015) 'Fighting Corruption or Elections? The Politics of Anti-corruption Policies in India: A Subnational Study'. Journal of Comparative Economics, 43 (4):1035-1052. [Details]
Arusha Cooray, Artur Tamazian and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2015) 'What Drives FDI Policy Liberalization: An Empirical Investigation'. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 49 :179-189. [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2015) 'Rewards of (Dis)integration: Economic, Social, and Political Globalization and Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Rights in Developing Countries'. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 68 (1):1-25. [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati, Gina Maria G Østmoe, Indra de Soysa (2014) 'Do IMF programs disrupt ethnic peace?An empirical analysis, 1985¿2006'. Journal of Peace Research, 56 (6):711-725. [Details]
Trude Mariane Midtgård, Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Indra de Soysa (2014) 'Jumping the Gun? A Comment on Hartzell, Hoddie and Bauer on Structural Adjustment and Civil War'. Review of International Organizations, 9 (1):107-124. [Details]
Ronald B. Davies and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2013) 'A Race to the Bottom in Labour Standards? An Empirical Investigation'. Journal of Development of Economics, 103 :1-14. [Details]
Andreas Fuchs and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2013) 'The Needy Donor: An Empirical Analysis of India¿s Aid Motives'. World Development, 44 :110-128. [Details]
Axel Dreher, Peter Nunnenkamp and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2013) 'The Role of Country-of-origin Characteristics for Foreign Direct Investment and Technical Cooperation in Post-reform India'. World Development, 44 :88-110. [Details]
Indra de Soysa and Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2012) 'Do Pro-Market Economic Reforms Drive Human Rights Violations ¿ An Empirical Assessment'. Public Choice, 150 :1-25. [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2012) 'Impact of Political Risk on FDI Revisited ¿ An Aggregated Firm-Level Analysis'. International Interactions, 38 (1):111-139. [Details]
Seo-Young Cho and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2012) 'Compliance for Big Brothers ¿ An Empirical Analysis on the Impact of Anti-Trafficking Protocol'. European Journal of Political Economy, 28 :249-265. [Details]
Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2011) 'Why Indian Men Rebel? Explaining Armed Rebellion in North-Eastern States of India, 1970¿2009'. Journal of Peace Research, 48 (5):605-619. [Details]
Kristian Hoelscher, Jason Miklian and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati (2011) 'Hearts and mines: A district-level analysis of the Maoist conflict in India'. International Area Studies Review, 15 (2):141-160. [Details]
Indra de Soysa and Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2011) 'Does Being Bound Together Suffocate or Liberate? Testing the Effects of Economic, Social and Political Globalization and Human Rights,1981-2005'. Kyklos, 64 (1):20-53. [Details]
Bill Rao and Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2011) 'Globalization and Growth in Low-Income African Countries with Extreme Bounds Analysis'. Economic Modelling, 28 (3):795-805. [Details]
Bill Rao and Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2010) 'Estimates of the level and growth effects of human capital in India'. Applied Economics Letters, 18 (1):59-62. [Details]
Bill Rao, Artur Tamazian and Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya (2009) 'Growth Effects of a Comprehensive measure of Globalization with Country Specific Time Series Data'. Applied Economics, 42 (1):1-18. [Details]
Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya and Artur Tamazian (2009) 'Growth Effects of FDI ¿ The Role of Institutional Constraintsand Policy Reforms'. Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 12 (4):299-322. [Details]


Research Interests

Economic and Political outcomes of Globalization, International Financial Institutions, Natural resources, and Political Economy of Development in India. 


Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201600   POL20220     Politics: Pol Institutions & Dev
201600   POL30440     Politics: Pol Risk & Foreign Investment
201600   POL41790     Politics: Globalisation and Labour
201600   POL41570     Politics: Economic & Pol Analysis II



External Collaborators

>>> 2014 Research Project: Explaining Variation in Performance of Labour Market Institutions and Its Impact on Economic Outcomes - A Subnational Study of India, 1991-2011

Funded by International Growth Centre (IGC) directed by London School of Economics and Oxford University and initiated by UK Aid.

>>> 2014 Research Project: Labor Market Institutions in India with focus on Labor Inspections and Industry Response

Funded by Institutt for sosiologi og statsvitenskap (ISS), NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

>>> 2013 Research Project: with Henrik Urdal, Senior Researcher, Center for Study of Civil War (CSCW), PRIO, Oslo, Norway and Research Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Project: The Devil is in the Demographics: Youth Bulge, Education, Unemployment and Youth Crime - A Subnational Study of Mexico, 1991-2009.

Funded by Research Council of Norway, Norway, for the project: Youth Exclusion and Political Violence.

>>> 2011 Research Project: with Indra de Soysa, Professor, Department of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Commissioned Project: Review of Literature on Origins and Motivations behind Maoists Armed Insurgency Movement in India.

Funded by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (& Research Council of Norway), Norway.

>>> 2010-2011 Research Projects: with Jason Miklian, Senior Researcher, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Kristian Hoelscher, University of Oslo, Norway.

Project: Hearts and Mines: What Explains Maoists Conflict in India? - An Empirical Assessment.

Funded by Royal Embassy of Norway in India and PRIO in Norway.

>>> 2007 Visiting Researcher: at Center for Study of Civil War (CSCW), PRIO, Oslo, Norway.

Project: Impact of Internal State Conflict on FDI in Sri Lanka.

Funded by Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway, Project no. 40185001.