Key Research Interests

Gender analysis of land and livelihoods; women's organisation and empowerment; literacy and education; gender and public policy; indigenous peoples and social movements, identities and well-being; sociology and anthropology; methodologies of monitoring and evaluation of development initiatives, India; South Asia.


My new paper on gender and land has just been published by World Development. Title: 'Assets, Agency and Legitimacy: Towards a relational understanding of gender equality policy and practice', DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.02.018. The article is available for free download until June 2nd 2017.

Research GroupsEducational Diversity, Literacy and DevelopmentGender and DevelopmentHIV and Development Group
Literacy & Development Group

Research Activities

I am currently contracted by LANSA – Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia – as a consultant to ensure that gender is mainstreaming in all research undertaken by the Consortium.

I am also leading on a partnership with World Fish Centre, Penang, to support their country research teams with designing, conducting and analysing research from a gender transformative perspective.

For all my recent projects please look at the Gender research pages here

Current Projects

Girls Education Challenge Fund – Evaluation Manager Consortium
The Girls' Education Challenge Fund (GEC) seeks to support a range of interventions and innovations in DFID partner countries to ensure that girls overcome gender specific obstacles to enrolling, remaining in school and learning. While GEC is being implemented by a number of organisations on the ground, we are part of an Evaluation Manager Consortium (led by Coffey) that seeks to establish and share what works and what doesn't, though project evaluations, meta-analysis and thematic studies.

DEV Key Contact: Nitya Rao
Project Dates: September 2012-March 2015

When and why do states respond to women’s claims

This research seeks to understand how policy change to strengthen women's rights occurs. When and why do states respond to women's claims-making? What are the factors and conditions under which non-state actors can effectively trigger and influence policy change? What are the mechanisms necessary to ensure that issues get on the policy agenda?

DEV Key Contact: Nitya Rao
Project Dates: April 2013 - December 2015

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