Lecturer in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London


Dr Itay Noy is a social anthropologist interested in the interaction between energy extractive projects and local rural populations. Based on long-term fieldwork, his research is concerned with the variegated impact of coal mining operations on Adivasi (tribal) communities in Jharkhand, India. It examines the ways in which mining transforms these communities and the kinds of local politics that develop around it, and grapples with the interplay of social relations, economic interests, life aspirations, and power in the political economy of carbon extraction. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Extracting a Living: Livelihoods, Politics, and Indigeneity in the Eastern Indian Coal Belt.

Itay holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and was previously an ESRC Fellow in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has also worked as a consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, and the German Development Agency (GIZ).

Selected publications

Academic publications

Noy, I. (2023) ‘Unpicking Precarity: Informal Work in Eastern India’s Coal Mining Tracts’, Development and Change 54(1): 168–191

Noy, I. (2022) ‘The politics of dispossession and compensation in the eastern Indian coal belt’, Critique of Anthropology 42(1): 56–77

Noy, I. (2020). ‘Public sector employment, class mobility, and differentiation in a tribal coal mining village in India’, Contemporary South Asia 28(3): 374–391

Noy, I. (2019) ‘Rethinking land, enclosure and resistance’ (review article), Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 83: 114–121

Other publications

Noy, I. (2021) ‘Coal mining and land dispossession in India: conflict or co-optation?’, The Diplomat, 29 July