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 in the Governance Cluster, leading the thematic are gender and politics. 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, women's economic empowermenr, social and women’s movements. Before joining IDS I worked in Bangladesh with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) and taught at the University of Dhaka. I also designed development interventions and conducted evaluations for FAO, UNWomen, SDC, DFAT and other agencies. 

Currently, I lead IDS' strategic area on countering backlash against social justice- and am the political economy lead for a large ESRC funded project on women's struggles against backlash in South Asia (Sustaining Power); and a Sida funded project that explore stragies used by social justice defenders against backlash in four regions (Countering Backlash and Reclaiming Gender Justice). My other project focus on sexual harssment in the informal economy in Bangladesh and Uganda (British Academy funded); Women's leadership in conflict settings (Action for empowerment and accountability research programme consortium); community action agiainst SGBV (AHRC-DFID); women's unpaid care and empowerment. I completed 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 the co-editor of Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: Domestic Violence Policy Making (Routledge: 2019) and of ‘Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts’ (Zed Books: London, 2014). I have published in World Development, Women's Studies Internatioanl Forum, Studies in Family Planning and other journals on various issues.


I am a Research Fellow based at the Governance at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). I lead the work on gender and politics theme and also IDS's strategic area- backlash against social justice at IDS. My work focuses on gender and governance, women's empowerment, violence against women and social and feminist movements in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa. I convene the MA gender and development programme, also also teach in the MA governance and development program, and supervise students. I also carry out consutancy work commissioned by bilaterals agencies and INGOS