James Crabtree

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

James Crabtree
Contact Details
DID: +65 6516 6192
Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Level 2M, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


James Crabtree is a visiting fellow at the LKY school, on sabbatical from his previous position at the Financial Times, where he remains a contributing editor. Between 2011 and 2016, James led the FT’s coverage of Indian business as Mumbai bureau chief, having previously worked on the opinion page in London, as Comment Editor. James was previously the deputy editor of Prospect, Britain’s leading monthly magazine of politics and idea, and has written for a range of other global publications, including Economist, Wired, and Foreign Policy.

Before to journalism, James was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He also worked for various think tanks in London and Washington DC, and spent a number of years living in the United States, initially as a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is currently writing a book on India, forthcoming from Oneworld. 

Research Areas

  • India and South Asia 
  • The politics of globalisation
  • The future of media 
  • Communications for public leaders 
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