I am Reader (Associate Professor) in International Development Studies at the University of East London, where I am also the programme leader for MSc NGO and Development Management. I was awarded my Ph.D. on rural non-farm employment in India from the University of Southampton.
My interconnected research interests are multidimensional understandings of poverty, exploring social and economic poverties within the Capability Approach, the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals as a discourse for poverty reduction, and how can globalization be made to work for the most vulnerable communities. I have conducted fieldwork in rural India, Ethiopia and Tanzania. My book draws on my research in rural Bihar, India.
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.
I have to date supervised six Ph.D. students to successful completions.