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Dr Rohit K Dasgupta FHEA FRAS
Labour and Co-operative Councillor for London Borough of Newham
Lecturer in Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University
Personal details
Born (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 32)
Kolkata, India
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of the Arts London, University of Westminster, Jadavpur University
ProfessionAcademic, Politician
Known forQueer Studies, South Asian Studies, Labour Politics

Dr Rohit K Dasgupta FHEA (born 15 October 1987) is an academic in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University[1] and a British Labour Party politician[2]. In 2018 he was elected Councillor in the London Borough of Newham for the Canning Town South Ward[3][4]. He contested the Parliamentary seat of East Hampshire for the Labour Party in 2017, coming second with an increase of 7% vote share.[5]. He is also Secretary of the Newham Branch of the Fabian Society[6].


Dasgupta gained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. Following this he did a MA in English from the University of Westminster, PGCert in Teaching and Learning from University of West London and a PhD from University of the Arts London.[7].

Political Career[edit]

He was elected as a Labour and Co-operative party Councillor in the London Borough of Newham for the Canning Town South Ward in the 2018 United Kingdom Local elections[8][9][10]. He had previously contested the East Hampshire parliamentary seat in the General election, coming second with 17% of the vote share.[11]. Dasgupta is also the Chair of his local Labour party branch[12] and Secretary of the Newham Fabian Society[13]. He was one of the first Bengalis from West Bengal, India to contest the British Parliamentary elections.[14][15][16]. Dasgupta is also a member of LGBT Labour, BAME Labour, Labour Movement for Europe, Fabian Society, GMB and UCU.

Academic Career[edit]

Dasgupta is a Programme Director and Lecturer at Loughborough University. He has previously worked at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton; University of the Arts London and University of Sussex . Dasgupta has authored and edited eight books on media and digital culture, sexuality, gender, sexual health, anthropology and activism.[17] He has also written for The Independent on LGBTQ rights movement in the United Kingdom[18] and for the Huffington Post on Brexit[19][20]. He was recently involved in strike action due to the UCU pension dispute[21].




  1. "Loughborough University Staff Page".
  2. "Councillor Rohit Kumar Dasgupta". Newham Council.
  3. "Election Results from Canning Town South". Newham Council.
  4. "Your Councillors by Ward". Newham Council.
  5. "BBC General Election Results for East Hampshire".
  6. "Local Fabians".
  7. "Loughborough University Staff Page".
  8. "Election Results from Canning Town South". Newham Council.
  9. "Your Councillors by Ward". Newham Council.
  10. Dasgupta, Priyanka. "Kolkata youth now a London councillor". Times of India.
  11. "Election hopefuls grilled at hustings". Alton Herald.
  12. Rampen, Julia. "How a mayoral selection in Newham is turning into an attempted coup".
  13. Hopps, Kat. "Fabian nomination in Newham mayoral vote 'breached society's rules'". Newham Recorder.
  14. Roy, Amit. "To read British pulse, watch Calcutta boy's contest".
  15. "Calcutta boy answers call to Brexit battle".
  16. "From Student Politics To Contesting The UK Parliamentary Elections: Here's The Story Of A 29-Year-Old Kolkata Boy".
  17. "Publications for Rohit K Dasgupta".
  18. Dasgupta, Rohit. "Coming out isn't as easy as you think for a LGBT+ person of colour". The Independent.
  19. Dasgupta, Rohit. "Why I Refuse To Blame The English Working Class For Brexit". Huffington Post.
  20. Dasgupta, Rohit. "Why Queer Folk Must Vote Against Brexit". Huffington Post.
  21. Bickerton, James. "Hackney Mayor joins lecturers on picket line". Hackney Post.

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