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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

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 ethics of population control', in D. Clark, ed., The Elgar Companion to Development Studies (2006); Rules, rubrics and riches: the interrelations between legal reform and international development (2010); and Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: conceptual frameworks and policy perspectives (ed. with M. Arnot, 2008).


Award of UGC-UKIERI grant

Dr Shailaja Fennell at the Centre of Development Studies was awarded funding for a collaborative research initiative with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. The project will aim to understand how bottlenecks that limit Internet access for rural agricultural production and community based tourism can be removed.

The UKIERI awards are part of the largest ever education initiative between the the United Kingdom and India, and to date has committed over £25 million since its inception in 2006. The awards aim to strengthen engagement between institutions in the two countries by directly supporting research as well as by promoting two-way mobility for students, post-docs, and faculty.


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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