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School of Geography

Nabati Ray Nabati Ray

Contact details

School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Impacts of Neoliberal Retail Transformation on the Key Stakeholders of Supply Network: A Case Study in West Bengal, India

Project overview

In 2011, the Indian government has liberalised Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail for 100% single-brand and 51% multi-brand outlets. This will promote organised retailing over unorganised segment (with privately owned “kirana-stores” covering 96% market-shares). Predominance of organised retailing is anticipated in agro-food sector mainly. Global-retailers are expected to endorse vertically integrated supply-chains eradicating intermediaries. The “end-to-end” distribution-methodologies of global players are expected to remove 40% food-wastage henceforth embracing fare-trade practices, effective pricing and improved availability. However, the mass-acceptance of FDI is constrained by political conflicts for probable employment and entrepreneurial crisis.

The research-outcome will validate the theoretical promises for the poor farmers fastened in existing supply-chain alongside scrutinising the potential affirmative socio-economic metamorphism (resulted upon global-retailing and domestic organised-retailing) in India.


  • Assessing the acceptability of organised (both domestic and global) agro-food retailing among farmers
  • Evaluating the significance of integrated value-chain for farmers
  • Comprehending the inference of intermediaries in distribution network
  • Studying socio-economic impacts of supply-chain optimisation
  • Evaluating the efficacy of emerging business models for global-retailing to target the middle-class (‘mass-band’) consumers in metropolitan markets


Research Affiliations

CSAP and Citizenship and Belonging

Short Curriculum Vitae

About 5.2 years of extensive experience to work as an Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS in of different state-owned undergraduate colleges in India along with primary involvement in planning and executing academic operational functionalities.


  • 2008 – 2011 - Assistant Professor Of Geography in a State-aided college, India.
  • 2006 – 2008 - Lecturer in Geography in a State-aided college, India.
  • 2007 – 2008 - Part-time Lecturer in GIS and Remote Sensing in Institute of Business Management under Jadavpur University, India.


  • MSc in Geographical Information Systems: University Of Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Geographical Information System: Jadavpur University, India.
  • MSc in Geography: University Of Calcutta, India.
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Geography: University Of Calcutta, India.


  • RGS-IBG at Loughborough University in April, 2014
  • RSG-IBG at Unviersity of Sheffield in March, 2015