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Dr Shailaja Fennell

Dr Shailaja Fennell

University Lecturer in Development Studies, attached to the Department of Land Economy.

Fellow of Jesus College

BA, MA, MPhil (University of Delhi), MPhil, PhD (University of Cambridge)


Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 764048

Biography:

Dr Fennell was an international team leader on public-private partnerships in education project within the DfID-funded Cambridge-based consortium on educational outcomes for the poor (RECOUP) from 2005-2010

She was awarded the UGC-UKIERI grant for a collaborative research initiative, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, and the Indian partners were the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and University of Punjab, Chandigarh for 2014-16. The project focussed on understanding how bottlenecks that limit Internet access for rural agricultural production and community-based tourism can be removed, using the Portolan application and android mobile phones, to collect upstream data and an innovative survey instrument to collect downstream data.

She has been a consultant on inequality and rural development with Oxfam GB (2014-15), on evidence based policy with the World Bank (2013-15), and was earlier the social science expert on agriculture and gender and a member of the five person team that authored the European Report on Development on Fragility in Africa, 2008-09. 

Research Interests

Dr Fennell’s research interests include institutional reform and collective action, food production and rural development; gender norms and gender gaps in development interventions,  and provision of public goods and the role of partnerships.

Teaching

Dr Fennell is the coordinator for the core paper ‘Institutions and Development’(Paper 2).  She is also a co-convenor on the option paper 'Issues in African Development' (Paper 43). 

She also carries out undergraduate teaching on development policy for the Department of Land Economy and contributes to teaching on the M.Phil in South Asian Studies.

Dr Fennell supervises MPhil students in the Centre of Development Studies. She also supervises PhD students at the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Land Economy.

Key Publications

Her recent publications include:

The Handbook of BRICS  (with P. Anand, F. Comim and J Weiss) forthcoming (2018), Oxford University Press. 

Rules, rubrics and riches: the interrelations between legal reform and international development, Routledge (2010);

Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: conceptual frameworks and policy perspectives, Routledge (ed. with M. Arnot, 2008).

She has published in leading publications such China Quarterly, Ecological Economics, Comparative Education and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 

 

Dr. Fennell has been invited to speak at the Critical Economics Summit at Bologna, May 5-7th 2017. The conference is organised by the European Chapters of the Rethinking Economics initiative (https://events.unibo.it/critical-economics-summit-2017)..

 Dr Fennell has just published a piece for the ITU in its thought leader contribution category

http://www.itu.int/en/itunews/Documents/2017/2017-03/2017_ITUNews03-en.pdf

 

At this time Dr Fennell is not accepting research proposals from graduate students looking to apply to the PhD course in 2017/18 or 2018/19

 

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