Raj Verma, PhD

Full Professor

Professor Verma’s main research interest is Chinese foreign and security policy in the Asia-Pacific region, notably between India, China, and the US. He is interested in the political economy of the Eurasian region with a focus on Grand strategy and emerging world order, notably with a neoclassical realist perspective. 


Professor Verma teaches three main subjects, namely Economics, Research Methods and International Relations. His teaching interest are in comparative political systems and political economy, with a an emphasis on Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security of Emerging Powers: US, China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil and South Africa.



  • Ph.D. in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK2013
  • MSc Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK2007
  • M.A. International Political Economy, University of Sheffield, UK2003


  • India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry, Routledge: London2017
  • China outperforms India in the oil industry in Angola and Nigeria, India Review,Vol 17 (4), pp. 372- 396.2018
  • India and China in the oil industry in West Africa: A comparative perspective, International Politics, Vol 55 (2), pp. 264-278.2018
  • Chris Alden and Raj Verma. India’s Pursuit of Investment Opportunities. In: Ajay K. Dubey and Aparajita Biswas eds. India and Africa’s Partnership. Springer India: New Delhi.2015


Academic collaboration 90%
Team building70%
Teaching and research 100%