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Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Lyla Mehta is a Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, UK, and a Visiting Professor at Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
She uses the case of water and sanitation to focus on the politics of scarcity, gender, human rights and access to resources , resource grabbing, power and policy processes in rural, peri urban and urban contexts,. Her work also focusses on climate change and uncertainty and forced displacement. She has extensive research and field experience in India and southern Africa. She is currently leading a Belmont/ Norface/ EU/ ISC project on ‘Transformations as praxis’ in South Asia. Her most recent co-authored and co-edited books are Water, Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice and The Politics of Climate Change and Uncertainty in India.


  • –present
    Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies