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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


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 with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras for 2014-16. The project will aim to understand 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. 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, gender and household dynamics, kinship and ethnicity, comparative economic development, and provision of public goods and partnerships.


Dr Fennell is the coordinator for the core paper ‘Institutions and Development’(Paper 2).  She is also the coordinator of the option paper ‘Comparative development of India and China’(Paper 34).  She also carries out teaching for the Department of Land Economy.

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

Key Publications

Her 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 intern(forthcoming) Routledge (2010); Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: conceptual frameworks and policy perspectives, Routledge (ed. with M. Arnot, 2008) and 'The ethics of popational development,ulation control', in D. Clark, ed., The Elgar Companion to Development Studies (2006).


Dr. Fennell has be 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.

At this time Dr Fennell is not accepting research proposals for discussion from those looking to apply to the PhD course in 2017/18

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