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Dr Meera Tiwari

Senior Lecturer

Reader (Associate Professor) in International Development Studies and Programme Leader

Department of Social Sciences , School of Education and Communities

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Development Studies at the University of East London, where I am also the programme leader for the EADI/IAC accredited MSc NGO and Development Management.   

 

I am passionate about researching life opportunities to break the intergenerational poverty cycle in both the Global North and the Global South with a particular focus on actor engagement within the Capability Approach. I have widely engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals and the pledge to 'leave no one behind' to explore how can the most vulnerable communities be empowered to become more resilient and not be left behind. My ongoing research into localising the SDGs in East London since 2018 is a student-led project that highlights the need for identifying context-specific priority areas, cultural norms, and pathways to overcome disadvantages. My extensive research and fieldwork spread over two decades are located in East London, UK, India, Ethiopia and Tanzania. My book 'Why some development works' draws on my work in India and six other countries where I have conducted research. The manuscript proposal for this monograph was awarded the CROP Poverty prize in 2016. In 2019 I was elected a Fellow of the prestigious Human Development and the Capability Association (HDCA). 

 

 

I have, to date, supervised six PhD students to successful completion and examined five PhDs. I am currently the DoS for three PhD students two of whom are ESRC funded studentship and my second supervisor to two other students one of whom is also ESRC funded.

 

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Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • MBA
  • BSc
  • FHEA

Areas Of Interest

Multi-dimensional poverty in the Global North and South, Social Impact Evaluation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Individual and Collective Empowerment of marginalized groups, Capability Approach and its applications, Capacity building of grassroots organisations.

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OVERVIEW

I am Reader (Associate Professor) in International Development Studies at the University of East London, where I am also the programme leader for the EADI/IAC accredited MSc NGO and Development Management.  In January 2019, I was appointed the Co-Deputy Director of ESRC's UBEL Doctoral Training Programme.


I am very interested in researching the multidimensional understandings of poverty in both the Global North and the Global South with a particular focus on actor engagement and lack of social and economic opportunities within the Capability Approach. I have widely engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals since 2015 (and the MDGs previously), to explore how can the most vulnerable communities be empowered to access better opportunities in life and become more resilient in urban and rural settings. My ongoing research into localising the SDGs in East London since 2018 is a student led project that highlights the need for identifying context specific priority areas, cultural norms, and pathways to overcome disadvantage. The research is in the process of reactivating the fieldwork that had been halted because of the pandemic. A key focus of the research is on co-production of ways of engaging with the social and economic regeneration opportunities with the communities in East London. The localisation of the SDGs at the borough level is thus envisaged to put forward collaborative approaches to urban resilience and sustainable wellbeing of communities that can be contextualised in both the cities of global North and the South.
 

My work into examining social and economic problems communities encounter including the impacts of climate change, through a human centred approach is founded on my extensive research and fieldwork spread over two decades.  I have conducted fieldwork in East London, UK, India, Ethiopia and Tanzania. My book 'Why some development works' draws on my research on women's collectives (Self-Help Groups) spanning over 10 years since 2009 in rural Bihar, India along with case studies from six other countries where I have conducted research. The manuscript proposal for this monograph was awarded the CROP Poverty prize in 2016. In 2019 I was elected a Fellow of the prestigious Human Development and the Capability Association (HDCA).

I have also conducted research for social impact evaluations of state supported programmes on poverty reduction and livelihoods as well as of grassroots interventions by NGOs in India, Lebanon and Brazil in various domains of development. In 2017-2018 I examined the impact of alcohol prohibition policy in Bihar on rural households since 2016. My research project on the role of dignity in improving Menstrual Health in Rural India was supported by UEL's Global Research Challenge Funding. A cofunded ESRC studentship with the NGO Global One has been awarded to me to take forward the research in the context of UK, India, Jordan and Bangladesh starting March 1, 2022. My most recent impact evaluation (2021) was for World Vison on the role of faith leaders in Covid-19 mitigation in Brazil, Bosnia, Bangladesh, Kenya and Malawi.


I have to date supervised six PhD students to successful completions and examined five PhDs. I am currently the DoS for three PhD students two of whom are ESRC funded studentship and second supervisor to two other students one of whom is also ESRC funded.

External roles

  • Deputy Director UBEL ESRC Doctoral Training Programme (January 2019 -: https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/contact-us/  
  • Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, 2020-2025 
  • Visiting Professorship: Development Management Institute, Patna, India (2018-)
  • Board of Trustees: Child Reach International (2011-2017), Sanirights (2015-2018)
  • External Examiner: Open University (2013-2018), University of Bath (2015-2018)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of International Development (2014-2018)
  • Reviewer: World Development, European Journal for Development Research, Development and Practice, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Palgrave, Sage, Zed Books, Practical Action
  • Lead for the MSc NGO EADI/IAC Accreditation: Securing the prestigious EADI/IAC accreditation award for the MSc NGO at UEL in 2017 (https://www.eadi.org/accreditation/)


International Collaborations: 

  1. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, UKIERI Project PI (2012-2016) with ongoing academic work with colleagues,
  2. Development Management Institute, Patna, India (2018-); 
  3. JKLU University, Jaipur, India (20117-); 4. Bahir Dar University, Amhara, Ethiopia (2019); 
  4. Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia ((2012, 2019) 
  5. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan
  6. University of Nottingham in Malaysia (2014. 

Consultancy: 

  • Role of Faith Leaders in Covid-19 Mitigation in Brazil, Bosnia, Malawi, Kenya and Bangladesh, (August -November 2021), World Vision 
  • Research Capacity Building for RGMVP, India (2017-18)
  • Evaluation: Save the Girl Child, CRI, Hissar 2015-16; 
  • Evaluation: ‘Making My History’, Instituto Fazendo Historia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, (2016-17)
  • Impact of the education projects of faith-based organisations for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon


 

Industry partners

•    Global One

  • ATD Fourth World
  • World Vision 
  • Mothers Union
  • Naandi Foundation India 
  • Goonj, India
  • RGMVP (Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana), India
     

RESEARCH AND IMPACT

Most current research

  1. Localising the SDGs in East London (Newham and Tower Hamlets) 
  2. Role of Dignity in Improving Menstrual Health in rural India 
  3. Women's Empowerment and transformative shifts in health and wellbeing indicators in Bihar, India
     

 

Current research

My research is underpinned by the multidimensional understanding of poverty within the Capability Approach in both southern and northern contexts. I have engaged with extending the boundaries of individual agency to collective agency through my research at the grassroots in rural Bihar, slum communities in Mumbai and Nairobi as well as the deprived communities in East and South London. I was the PI for the UKIERI (UK India Education and Research Initiative) funded project (2012-16) on exploring good practice in overcoming urban deprivation in East London and Mumbai with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. This project has shaped my current research on localising the SDGs in the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets in East London where I am looking at co-creating pathways for resilience and transformative changes for disadvantaged groups. My research has focused on empowering marginalised communities in both developed and the developing countries to access better opportunities in life. Additionally, I have examined the impacts of alcohol prohibition policy on women in Bihar and the role of dignity in improving menstrual health outcomes in rural Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India. 

I have conducted primary research to study the User Perspective of Information and Communication Technologies in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Three of my journal articles are based on the data from this research. I applied the Poverty and Social Impact Assessment (PSIA) and Outcome Mapping tools to Livelihoods Policy frameworks to study the impact on poverty reduction in the state of Bihar in India (2009 – 2013). In 2015 I led the team to carry out a social impact evaluation of  'Save the Girl Child Project' run by the NGO Childreach International in India using mixed methods tools and Most Significant Change (MSC) Methodology. Three conference papers and a journal article draw on this research. Further, along with Childreach International, research for evaluations in Brazil and Lebanon are all analysed as case studies in my monograph 'Why some development works' (2021). The monograph also draws on my field work in Ethiopia and Tanzania to understand why some individuals, communities and grassroots organisation have progressed more than their counterparts. I have developed a theoretical construct of convergence in the book – the 'Convergence Framework' (CF) grounded in my research in Bihar. The CF puts forward conditions needed for achieving the desired outcomes of change in different socioeconomic and political contexts. 

"In contrast to prevailing narratives of doom and social division, Meera Tiwari explores the politics of development success in recent decades..A valuable contribution to understanding how change happens"  Professor Duncan Green, London School of Economics .

 

Research impact

  • My research into collective agency of women in India (2009-2019), led to mandatory signature literacy policy in the network JeeVika with over 1 million members in rural Bihar. This is one of the impact case studies submitted in UEL’s REF 21 submission. 
  • I innovatively deployed street theatre as a data collection tool in my research into dignity and menstrual health (MH) in rural India in 2018.This resulted in the formation of girls’ street-theatre that has already performed on MH narratives in over 12 villages. Adoption of dignity indicators for improving MH (DI-IMH), is a key output of this research. This was slowed because of the pandemic, but currently being reactivated through an ESRC cofunded studentship with Global One. 
  • My research on Sustainable Development Goals has influenced UEL’s participation (2020, 2021) in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, that assess universities against the UN’s Global Goals. Further the research has resulted in two student led projects in localising the SDGs in Newham and Tower Hamlets, a coursework project in a core Level 5 module and expansion of the network of community organisations in East London with whom I am working. This in turn has widened the placement possibilities for students. 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles

  • 2021: How to achieve the 'Leave No One Behind' pledge of the SDGs in Newham and Tower Hamlets, East London, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities CJHD https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/2MVX3B4BRGB2FPABWA8C/full?target=10.1080/19452829.2021.1990228
  • 2020: Why India Should Train its Village Health Providers: https://theconversation.com/why-india-should-train-village-health-providers-to-fight-coronavirus-144376
  • 2019: Bordering’ life: denying the right to live before being born, Third World Thematics, Vol 4(4/5),
  • 2017: Exploring the Role of Capabilities in Social Innovation, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 2017, Vol. 18 (2), 181-196 
  • 2015: Looking back to move forward: The MDGs and the road to post 2015', Introduction to the Journal of International Development special issue on reflections on the post 2015 debate', (2015), 
  • 2013: The global financial crisis and self-help groups in rural India: are there lessons from their micro savings model?, Development In Practice, Vol 23(2), pp. 278-291
  • 2012: Re-Positioning Poverty: MICs, Measures and Methods, Introduction to the Journal of International Development, 2011 Conference Issue, Vol 24(6) with Geof Wood as Guest Editors
  • 2012: Sustainable Human Development at the Grassroots: Different Contexts, Similar Ingredients? (with S. Ibrahim), Oxford Development Studies, Vol 40(1), pp. 69-86
  • 2011: Global Poverty Reduction to 2015 and Beyond, Global Policy, (with A. Sumner) Vol 2 (2), 138-151 
  • 2010: ‘Didi’ of Rural Bihar: the real agent of change?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLV (33), 27-30 
  • 2009: The meaning of wellbeing: a grassroots level perspective – how much of it is visible to the researchers? Social Indicators Research, Vol 90 (1), pp. 127-140
  • 2009: After 2015: What Are The Ingredients Of An MDG Plus Agenda For Poverty Reduction? (joint with Sumner, A), Journal of International Development, Autumn Vol 21(6), pp. 834 – 843
  • 2008: ICTs in Rural India:  User perspective study of two different models in rural Madhya Pradesh and rural Bihar, India Science, Technology and Society, Vol 13 (2), pp. 233-258
  • 2008: ICTs and Poverty Reduction: User perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India  European Journal for Development Research,  Vol 20 (3), pp. 448-461
  • 2007: Chronic Poverty and Entitlement Theory, Third World Quarterly, Vol 28(1), pp. 171-191
  • 2006: An Overview of growth in the ICT sector in India: can this growth be pro-poor?  In The World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development.  Vol 3(4), pp. 298-315
  • 2005: Poverty and economic policy: what happens when researchers disagree? Journal of International Development, Vol 17 (6), pp. 791-801. (Joint with A. Sumner)

 

Books

  • 2021: Why Some Development Works, (2021), Zed Books, Bloomsbury
  • 2014: Capability Approach: From Theory to Practice, (co-edited with Solava Ibrahim), Palgrave,
  • 2009: After 2015: Growth, Governance And Globalisation, International Development Policy at a Crossroads – joint with A. Sumner, Palgrave
     

Book chapters

  • 2021: Education, Environmental Crises and Sustainability, chapter in Education and International Development, McCowan and Unterhalter, Bloomsbury, London
  • 2021: Women's empowerment and economic democracy: case studies from rural India" in Social Justice in a global society: Towards New Forms of Economic Democracy for a Sustainable Development, (Ed.) (2021), https://fondazionefeltrinelli.it/schede/social-justice-in-a-global-society/ 
  • 2018: Capability of Capabilities and aspirations of the middle classes in India, chapter in Capabilities of Capability, edited by Comim, Fennel and Anand, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • 2014: In search of models for Social Inclusion in India: case studies in rural and urban Bihar, chapter in 'Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Development and Social Justice', Black Swan
  • 2013: 'Poverty in reality: what works on the ground?' chapter in Development Co-operation Report,'Getting to zero on poverty: what should the international Community do?'
  • 2009: Does FDI reduce poverty? The Indian cases, Chapter in TNC and Development Policy, Critical Perspectives (Eds) Rugraff, E, Sánchez-Ancochea, D and Sumner A., Palgrave

 

Reports

  • Tiwari, M. and Alblova, V (2021), The Role of Faith Leaders in Covid-19 Mitigation in Brazil, Bosnia, Kenya, Malawi and Bangladesh for World Vision International
  • Tiwari, M., Kraft, K., and Pickering-Saqqa, S. (2017), Lessons Learned Evaluation, Childreach International and Instituto Fazendo Historia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
  • Tiwari, M., Kraft, K., and Pickering-Saqqa, S. (2016), Lessons Learned Evaluation: True Vine School, in collaboration with Merath (LSESD), Lebanon 
  • Tiwari, M., Kraft, K., and Pickering-Saqqa, S. (2015), Save the Girl Child Evaluation Report, written for Childreach International and Childreach India 
     

Conference papers

  • 2022: Panellist Sustainable Development: Action & Awareness, University Global Coalition, Iraq, March 1
  • 2022: Panellist SDG localisation, HDCA webinar, February 15
  • 2021: Panellist for Diversity in Development: Alternative Visions of "Development", HKS, Harvard University, November 17
  • 2021: Leave no one behind: HDCA Global Dialogues, September 21
  • 2020: UEL Research E-Conference July 31via MS, Teams: Panel on Global Challenges: Connecting Contexts
  • 2020: Covid-19 and the global intensification of inequalities: An e-symposium, Chair and presenter
  • 2020: What has Dignity got to do with Menstrual Health? paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association E-Conference, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, June 30-July 2, 2020
  • 2020: Researching the Sustainable Development Goals for real-world impact: UEL work on SDGs - in London boroughs, menstrual health, E-Workshop, March 27
  • 2019: Research Dissemination workshop with stakeholders – Policymakers and NGOs DMI, Patna, India, November 4-8 
  • 2019: 'Leave no-one behind': capabilities and functionings of the two poorest boroughs of London in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Institute of Education, UCL, London, September 9-11, 2019
  • 2019: Research Capacity Building Workshop for Academics, June, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • 2018: Understanding the role of women's collectives in curbing alcoholism in rural India: a mixed-methods inquiry, paper presented at the International Workshop on Poverty, Inequality Dynamics, and Economic Development: Tensions and Trade-offs in Mixed Methods Research, Kings College London, 6-7 September 2018
  • 2018: Alcoholism in rural Bihar: prohibition policy and women's collectives, presented at the panel on 'Gender Inequalities in South Asia,' Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester University, 27-29 June 2018
  • 2017: The role of women's collectives in curbing alcoholism in rural India, paper presented at the HDCA Conference: Challenging Inequalities: Human Development and Social Change, 6-8 September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2017: Invisible workers of India's financial capital, paper accepted and to be presented at the EADI Conference: Globalisation at the Cross Roads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries, 20-23 August, Bergen, Norway, 2017 
  • 2016: Theorising Active Citizen, paper presented at the Development Studies Association annual conference, Oxford University, Oxford, Sep 14, 2016
  • 2016: Revisiting the 'Missing Girls' in Haryana, India, paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, September 1-3, 2016
  • 2016: Rural girl child poverty in different contexts: understandings from Ghana and North India, paper presented at the UNICEF workshop on Child Poverty and Social Protection in Western Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, May 22-26, 2016
  • 2016: Missing girls in Haryana, India: mixed methods evaluation, Seminar at Centre for Development Impact, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich April 20, 2016
  • 2016: Theorising Active Citizens, presentation at the Global Cities Research Network
  • Workshop 2: The university and the city, The American University in Cairo, 4-5 April 2016
  • 2015: Exploring good practice in overcoming urban deprivation London and Mumbai, paper presented at the Global Cities Network Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, September 2015
  • 2015: Capabilities and aspirations of the middle classes in India: what does this mean for sustainable development? paper presented at the HDCA annual conference on 'Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations', Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • 2015: Sanitation Outcomes in Bihar, paper presented in the panel 'Should the SDGs break away from the 'silo approach' of the MDGs?' I organised at the DSA annual conference at the University of Bath, September 2015
  • 2015: Understanding, measuring and overcoming insecurity in post-1992 Mumbai, India, paper presented in the panel on 'Exploring 'human security': going beyond safety to well-being' at the British Association of South Asian Studies on 'Securitisation of South Asia' University of Portsmouth, 5-6 April 2015
  • 2014: Deprivation, poverty and wellbeing in South Asia: New methodologies and new evidence, panel chair and co-convener, Understanding, measuring and overcoming urban deprivation in Mumbai, India, paper presented at the DSA annual conference, Nov 1, 2014, IoE, London 
  • 2014: The Middle Classes and urban poverty in Mumbai, paper presented at the EADI conference on Responsible Development in a Polycentric World, Inequality, Citizenship, and the Middle Classes, 23-26 June 2014, Bonn
  • 2014: Living with Cuts: Policy, politics, and everyday lives in the recession conference on May 30, British Library. Discussant for the panel on Reframing the future with Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago: Austerity and the fate of the humanities Michael Rustin, UEL and Tavistock Centre: Living with the cuts - or not 
  • 2014: 'Understanding and measuring urban deprivation in London' paper presented at the Measuring Human Development and Capabilities in High-Income Countries conference, Roma Tre University, April 14 -15, 2014
  • 2013: Understanding urban deprivation: wrestling with access, conference paper at the DSA annual conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Nov 16, 2013
  • 2013: UKIERI workshop on urban deprivation, October 25-26, 2013, Mumbai, India  
  • 2013: Invited Moderator in the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Tuesday, 2 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2013: Invited speaker at the National Seminar on "Youth Unemployment in India: Dimensions, Challenges & Strategies", Patna 18-19 May 2013, Patna
  • 2013: Invited panel speaker on 'The MDGs and the changing language of the Development Discourse' Results UK, April 19, London
  • 2012: Understanding Urban Deprivation: a northern perspective using case studies from East and South London, (with S.P. Saqqa) paper presented at the DSA annual conference panel on Poverty dynamics and social mobility: new insights and understandings, November 2, London
  • 2012: Invited speaker at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on Traversing Bihar: 'The Politics of Social Justice and Development,' July 5-6, 2012
  • 2012: Guest lecture at the Hawassa University, ‘The post-2015 Development Agenda’, April 18, Hawassa, Ethiopia
  • 2012: Panel speaker, on 'Extending Socio-Economic and Political roles of Women' at the Global Summit on Changing Bihar: Forging Partnerships for Development, 17-19 February, Patna, India
  • 2011: What should the post-2015 development agenda look like? Paper presented as the key invited panel speaker at the International Workshop on 'The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond: Reflections on an International Development Policy Agenda after 2015,' Bonn, Germany, 21-23 November 2011
  • 2011: Invited participant for the workshop on the European Report on Development 2012/2013 by the European Commission, EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General, Policy Formulation, Brussels on September 29th, 2011
  • 2011: Panel co-organizer and Chair for Multidimensional Poverty Group at the EADI-DSA conference on Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty
  • 2011: Co-Panel organizer - Rethinking Capabilities: Sustainability and Social Innovation at the HDCA conference September Exploring the role of Capabilities in Social Innovation, paper presented at the conference
  • 2011: Key speaker in the public debate on 'The Next Chapter in Development - Goals for 2016 and Beyond' organised by UCL Institute for Global Health, University College London, Thursday 21st July 7-9 pm, Free World Centre, London EC1
  • 2010: Research Strategy for ICT for Development: roundtable discussion, Bangalore, India, 12-14 January - invited key panel speaker
  • 2010: Panel organizer - Conceptualizing Sustainable Human Development from a Capability Perspective at the HDCA conference September 21-23, Amman, 'Sustainable Human Development at grassroots - different contexts, similar ingredients?' Paper presented at the conference.
  • 2010: Co-Panel organizer at the DSA, conference, November 5, London, 'Rights, Capabilities and Wellbeing: Poverty and the Ethical Lens after the MDGs' 'In search of models for Social Inclusion in India: case studies in rural and urban Bihar' Paper presented at the conference.'
  • 2010: Can the Human Development Approach Improve the Development Outcomes? Paper presented at 'Twenty Years of Human Development, The past and the Future of the Human Development Index' 28-29 January, St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2010:  Panel speaker at the International Symposium at Harvard University: The MDGs and Human Rights on 22-23 March 2010.
  • 2009: World Bank Workshop on Livelihoods - presentation of the pilot findings for Poverty and Social Impact of BRLP, Bihar, August 3, 
  • 2009: The Global Financial Crisis and Agents Of Change In Rural India: Are There Lessons From Their Saving Led Model? Paper presented at the DSA Annual Conference, Current Crises and New Opportunities, 2nd - 4th September 2009, University of Ulster, Colerain 
  • 2009: Presentation of the findings of the pilot for Poverty and Social Impact of BRLP, Bihar Workshop 14-16 July 2009, 
  • 2009: JeeVika: enabling the rural 'didi' of Bihar to become real agents of change? Presented at the International Conference on Women, Employment & Poverty In Bihar, India, November 7-8, 
  • 2008: New Challenges for a New India, paper to be presented at the British Association of South Asian Studies, Annual Conference, A New India? Studying India in the Long Twentieth Century (2), University of Leicester, 26-28 March.
  • 2008: In search of policies for those likely to be left behind by the MDGs (paper presented at the EADI conference on 'Global Governance for Sustainable Development' Geneva 24-28 June 2008
  • 2008: ICTs in Rural India:  User perspective study of two different models in rural Madhya Pradesh and rural Bihar, India, paper presented at 'ICTs and development: Experiences from Asia,' National University of Singapore, 24-25 April 2008.
  • 2008: Capability Approach and policies for those likely to be left behind, (paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference in New Delhi), September 2008. 
  • 2007: UNIRSD Conference on Business, Social Policy, and Corporate Political Influence in Developing Countries, Geneva 12-13 November 2007.
  • 2007: The meaning of wellbeing: a grassroots level perspective - how much of it is visible to the researchers? (Paper presented at the Conference on Wellbeing in International Development, Bath, UK, 28-30 June 2007).
  • 2007: ICTs and Poverty Reduction: User perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India (paper presented at the DSA Annual Conference: Connecting Science, Society and Development, 18-20 September, IDS, Brighton
  • 2007. Non-traditional partnership model, CSR and rural poverty reduction - a case study of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh, India (paper presented at the DSA CSR and Poverty Group meeting on CSR and the bottom of the pyramid approach, Judge Business School, Cambridge, 18 June 2007)
  • 2006. Nature of FDI and impact on domestic human capital and multidimensional poverty: a conceptual mapping in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in India, (paper presented at the DSA conference, Reading, 11th November 2006.
  • 2006. Growth in China and India: Impact on domestic development, global challenges, and opportunities, (paper presented at the EADI workshop, Antwerp, 31st March - 1stApril 2006).   
  • 2005. Will the MDGs be achieved by 2015? (paper presented at the DSA conference, Milton Keynes, 7-9 September 2005).
  • 2005. Making Public Expenditure and Public Policy More Focused, paper presented for the DSA Finance and Poverty Study Group, meeting, London South Bank University, 3 June 2005.
  • 2005. Entitlement Theory and Chronic Poverty, (paper presented at the EADI workshop, Warsaw, 15-16 December 2005)
  • 2004. With Sumner, A. Poverty reduction: has research answered the 'big' policy questions? Paper presented for DSA Poverty Study Group re-launch meeting, ‘Poverty reduction: has research answered the 'big' policy questions?' DSA Annual Conference, 'Bridging research and policy,' Church House, London, 6 November. 
  • 2004. The Information Technology revolution in India: What implications does it have for growth and poverty. Paper presented at the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development conference, 8-10 November 2004, Napier University, Edinburgh. 
  • 2004. 'Rural Inequality and Livelihoods' meeting, University of Reading, 30 June.
  • 2004. If poverty is multi-dimensional shouldn't methodology be so too? Paper presented at the DSA Epistemology and Methodology Workshop, 12-15 December 2004. 
  • 2004. Entitlement Theory Revisited, presented at the Capability and Sustainability Centre Workshop, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, 19 May.
     

TEACHING

MODULES

SY7004: Global Development Now: Module Leader

  • SY7006: Project and Programme Design: lecture contributions 
  • SY7003: Dissertation supervision (PG)
  • SY7008: Sustainability and the Commons: Module Leader 
  • SY5013: Alternative Approaches to Development and the Global Goals: Module Leader 
  • SY5017: Inequalities and Social Change: Module Leader
  • SY4007: Introduction to NGO Management: Lecture contribution
  • SY6002: Dissertation supervision

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Conference papers, Workshops and invited expert events

 

  • 2022: Panellist Sustainable Development: Action & Awareness, University Global Coalition, Iraq, March 1
  • 2022: Panellist SDG localisation, HDCA webinar, February 15
  • 2021: Panellist for Diversity in Development: Alternative Visions of “Development”, HKS, Harvard University, November 17
  • 2021: Leave no one behind: HDCA Global Dialogues, September 21
  • 2020: UEL Research E-Conference July 31via MS, Teams: Panel on Global Challenges: Connecting Contexts
  • 2020: Covid-19 and the global intensification of inequalities: An e-symposium, Chair and presenter
  • 2020: What has Dignity got to do with Menstrual Health? paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association E-Conference, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, June 30-July 2, 2020
  • 2020: Researching the Sustainable Development Goals for real-world impact: UEL work on SDGs - in London boroughs, menstrual health, E-Workshop, March 27 2019: Research Dissemination workshop with stakeholders - Policymakers and NGOs DMI, Patna, India, November 4-8
  • 2019: 'Leave no-one behind': capabilities and functionings of the two poorest boroughs of London in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Institute of Education, UCL, London, September 9-11, 2019
  • 2019: Research Capacity Building Workshop for Academics, June, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • 2018: Understanding the role of women's collectives in curbing alcoholism in rural India: a mixed-methods inquiry, paper presented at the International Workshop on Poverty, Inequality Dynamics, and Economic Development: Tensions and Trade-offs in Mixed Methods Research, Kings College London, 6-7 September 2018
  • 2018: Alcoholism in rural Bihar: prohibition policy and women's collectives, presented at the panel on ‘Gender Inequalities in South Asia, Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester University, 27-29 June 2018
  • 2017: The role of women's collectives in curbing alcoholism in rural India, paper presented at the HDCA Conference: Challenging Inequalities: Human Development and Social Change, 6-8 September 2017, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2017: Invisible workers of India's financial capital, paper accepted and to be presented at the EADI Conference: Globalisation at the Cross Roads –Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries, 20-23 August, Bergen, Norway, 2017
  • 2016: Theorising Active Citizen, paper presented at the Development Studies Association annual conference, Oxford University, Oxford, Sep 14, 2016
  • 2016: Revisiting the 'Missing Girls' in Haryana, India, paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, September 1-3, 2016
  • 2016: Rural girl child poverty in different contexts: understandings from Ghana and North India, paper presented at the UNICEF workshop on Child Poverty and Social Protection in Western Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, May 22-26, 2016
  • 2016: Missing girls in Haryana, India: mixed methods evaluation, Seminar at Centre for Development Impact, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich April 20, 2016
  • 2016: Theorising Active Citizens, presentation at the Global Cities Research Network Workshop 2: The university and the city, The American University in Cairo, 4-5 April 2016
  • 2015: Exploring good practice in overcoming urban deprivation London and Mumbai, paper presented at the Global Cities Network Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, September 2015
  • 2015: Capabilities and aspirations of the middle classes in India: what does this mean for sustainable development? paper presented at the HDCA annual conference on 'Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations', Georgetown University, Washington DC 2015: Sanitation Outcomes in Bihar, paper presented in the panel 'Should the SDGs break away from the 'silo approach' of the MDGs?' I organised at the DSA annual conference at the University of Bath, September 2015
  • 2015: Understanding, measuring and overcoming insecurity in post-1992 Mumbai, India, paper presented in the panel on 'Exploring 'human security': going beyond safety to well-being' at the British Association of South Asian Studies on 'Securitisation of South Asia' University of Portsmouth, 5-6 April 2015
  • 2014: Deprivation, poverty and wellbeing in South Asia: New methodologies and new evidence, panel chair and co-convener, Understanding, measuring and overcoming urban deprivation in Mumbai, India, paper presented at the DSA annual conference, Nov 1, 2014, IoE, London
  • 2014: The Middle Classes and urban poverty in Mumbai, paper presented at the EADI conference on Responsible Development in a Polycentric World, Inequality, Citizenship, and the Middle Classes, 23-26 June 2014, Bonn
  • 2014: Living with Cuts: Policy, politics, and everyday lives in the recession conference on May 30, British Library. Discussant for the panel on Reframing the future with Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago: Austerity and the fate of the humanities Michael Rustin, UEL and Tavistock Centre: Living with the cuts - or not
  • 2014: 'Understanding and measuring urban deprivation in London' paper presented at the Measuring Human Development and Capabilities in High-Income Countries conference, Roma Tre University, April 14 -15, 2014
  • 2013: Understanding urban deprivation: wrestling with access, conference paper at the DSA annual conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Nov 16, 2013
  • 2013: UKIERI workshop on urban deprivation, October 25-26, 2013, Mumbai, India 2013: Invited Moderator in the High-level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Tuesday, 2 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2013: Invited speaker at the National Seminar on "Youth Unemployment in India: Dimensions, Challenges & Strategies", Patna 18-19 May 2013, Patna
  • 2013: Invited panel speaker on ‘The MDGs and the changing language of the Development Discourse’ Results UK, April 19, London
  • 2012: Understanding Urban Deprivation: a northern perspective using case studies from East and South London, (with S.P. Saqqa) paper presented at the DSA annual conference panel on Poverty dynamics and social mobility: new insights and understandings, November 2, London
  • 2012: Invited speaker at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai on Traversing Bihar: ‘The Politics of Social Justice and Development’, July 5-6, 2012
  • 2012: Guest lecture at the Hawassa University, ‘The post-2015 Development Agenda’, April 18, Hawassa, Ethiopia
  • 2012: Panel speaker, on ‘Extending Socio-Economic and Political roles of Women’ at the ‘Global Summit on Changing Bihar: Forging Partnerships for Development’, 17-19 February, Patna, India
  • 2011: What should the post-2015 development agenda look like? Paper presented as the key invited panel speaker at the International Workshop on ‘The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond: Reflections on an International Development Policy Agenda after 2015’, Bonn, Germany, 21-23 November 2011
  • 2011: Invited participant for the workshop on the European Report on Development 2012/2013 by the European Commission, EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General, Policy Formulation, Brussels on September 29th, 2011
  • 2011: Panel co-organizer and Chair for Multidimensional Poverty Group at the EADI-DSA conference on Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty 2011: Co-Panel organizer - Rethinking Capabilities: Sustainability and Social Innovation at the HDCA conference September Exploring the role of Capabilities in Social Innovation, paper presented at the conference
  • 2011: Key speaker in the public debate on ‘The Next Chapter in Development - Goals for 2016 and Beyond’ organised by UCL Institute for Global Health, University College London, Thursday 21st July 7-9 pm, Free World Centre, London EC1
  • 2010: Research Strategy for ICT for Development: roundtable discussion, Bangalore, India, 12-14 January - invited key panel speaker
  • 2010: Panel organizer - Conceptualizing Sustainable Human Development from a Capability Perspective at the HDCA conference September 21-23, Amman, ‘Sustainable Human Development at grassroots – different contexts, similar ingredients?’ Paper presented at the conference.
  • 2010: Co-Panel organizer at the DSA, conference, November 5, London, 'Rights, Capabilities and Wellbeing: Poverty and the Ethical Lens after the MDGs' ‘In search of models for Social Inclusion in India: case studies in rural and urban Bihar’ Paper presented at the conference’.
  • 2010: Can the Human Development Approach Improve the Development Outcomes? Paper presented at ‘Twenty Years of Human Development, The past and the Future of the Human Development Index’ 28-29 January, St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2010: Panel speaker at the International Symposium at Harvard University: The MDGs and Human Rights on 22-23 March 2010. 2009: World Bank Workshop on Livelihoods – presentation of the pilot findings for Poverty and Social Impact of BRLP, Bihar, August 3,
  • 2009: The Global Financial Crisis and Agents Of Change In Rural India: Are There Lessons From Their Saving Led Model? Paper presented at the DSA Annual Conference, Current Crises and New Opportunities, 2nd - 4th September 2009, University of Ulster, Colerain
  • 2009: Presentation of the findings of the pilot for Poverty and Social Impact of BRLP, Bihar Workshop 14-16 July 2009,
  • 2009: JeeVika: enabling the rural 'didi' of Bihar to become real agents of change? Presented at the International Conference on Women, Employment & Poverty In Bihar, India, November 7-8,
  • 2008: New Challenges for a New India, paper to be presented at the British Association of South Asian Studies, Annual Conference, A New India? Studying India in the Long Twentieth Century (2), University of Leicester, 26-28 March.
  • 2008: In search of policies for those likely to be left behind by the MDGs (paper presented at the EADI conference on ‘Global Governance for Sustainable Development’ Geneva 24-28 June 2008
  • 2008: ICTs in Rural India: User perspective study of two different models in rural Madhya Pradesh and rural Bihar, India, paper presented at ‘ICTs and development: Experiences from Asia’, National University of Singapore, 24-25 April 2008.
  • 2008: Capability Approach and policies for those likely to be left behind, (paper presented at the Human Development and Capability Association Conference in New Delhi), September 2008.
  • 2007: UNIRSD Conference on Business, Social Policy, and Corporate Political Influence in Developing Countries, Geneva 12-13 November 2007.
  • 2007: The meaning of wellbeing: a grassroots level perspective – how much of it is visible to the researchers? (Paper presented at the Conference on Wellbeing in International Development, Bath, UK, 28-30 June 2007).
  • 2007: ICTs and Poverty Reduction: User perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India (paper presented at the DSA Annual Conference: Connecting Science, Society and Development, 18-20 September, IDS, Brighton
  • 2007: Non-traditional partnership model, CSR and rural poverty reduction – a case study of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh, India (paper presented at the DSA CSR and Poverty Group meeting on CSR and the bottom of the pyramid approach, Judge Business School, Cambridge, 18 June 2007)
  • 2006: Nature of FDI and impact on domestic human capital and multidimensional poverty: a conceptual mapping in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in India, (paper presented at the DSA conference, Reading, 11th November 2006.
  • 2006: Growth in China and India: Impact on domestic development, global challenges, and opportunities, (paper presented at the EADI workshop, Antwerp, 31st March – 1st April 2006).
  • 2005: Will the MDGs be achieved by 2015? (paper presented at the DSA conference, Milton Keynes, 7-9 September 2005).
  • 2005: Making Public Expenditure and Public Policy More Focused, paper presented for the DSA Finance and Poverty Study Group, meeting, London South Bank University, 3 June 2005.
  • 2005: Entitlement Theory and Chronic Poverty, (paper presented at the EADI workshop, Warsaw, 15-16 December 2005)
  • 2004: With Sumner, A. Poverty reduction: has research answered the ‘big’ policy questions? Paper presented for DSA Poverty Study Group re-launch meeting, ‘Poverty reduction: has research answered the ‘big’ policy questions?’ DSA Annual Conference, ‘Bridging research and policy, Church House, London, 6 November.
  • 2004: The Information Technology revolution in India: What implications does it have for growth and poverty. Paper presented at the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development conference, 8-10 November 2004, Napier University, Edinburgh.
  • 2004: Rural Inequality and Livelihoods’ meeting, University of Reading, 30 June.
  • 2004: If poverty is multi-dimensional shouldn't methodology be so too? Paper presented at the DSA Epistemology and Methodology Workshop, 12-15 December 2004.
  • 2004: Entitlement Theory Revisited, presented at the Capability and Sustainability Centre Workshop, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, 19 May.