Prof Sohela Nazneen

Post:Fellow (Institute of Development Studies)
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I have 16 years of research, teaching, policy analysis and advocacy experience on gender and development issues.  I joined IDS in 2016. I am a Research Fellow based at IDS. I completed my PhD in Development Studies from IDS on the gendered nature of NGO accountability relations. My research largely focuses on gender and governance, rural livelihoods, social and women’s movements.

Before coming to IDS, I taught at the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka (currently on extraordinary unpaid leave) and served as an Adjunct Fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University. At BIGD, BRAC University, I was the co-lead of the South Asia Regional Secretariat for Women Parliamentarians (SARSWAP) and she was involved in several research projects on violence against women, women in politics, and gender and political settlements. I also led the curriculum design of the Master’s in Development Management and Practice (MDMP) offered by BRAC University. I have worked as a consultant on gender and development issues for UNDP, FAO, Academy of Education Development (AED), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE-Bangladesh, OXFAM (GB) in South Asian and sub Sahran African countries. I was a member of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment RPC based at the South Asia hub, researching feminist activism, women in local government, and the impact of external funding on women’s organizing. Sohela also served as the focal point in Bangladesh for the network on women’s unpaid care work (under the Gender, Power and Sexualities Programme).

I am the co-editor of ‘Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts’ (Zed Books: London, 2014). She guest edited a special issue on ‘Researching Women’s Empowerment’ for the Women’s Studies International Forum Journal (Vol 45) in 2014. I am currently leading a six–country research understand the relations between women’s inclusion in politics and their influence on education policy and domestic violence legislation in selected South Asian and Sub Saharan African countries for the Effective States and Inclusive Development (esid) Research Center. I am also the political economy analysis co-ordinator for the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence focusing on specific cases of policy and legal reforms across different contexts. I am the co-Principal Investigator in an ESRC-DFID funded project that explores women’s labour market participation in India and Bangladesh.


I am a Research Fellow based at the Gender and Sexuality Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). I work on gender and governance, the politics of service delivery, rural livelihoods and social and feminist movements in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa. I teach on MA gender and development progra, and MA governance and development program and supervise students. I also carry out consutancy work.