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Nandini Nayak

Assistant Professor

PhD in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

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Affiliation

School of Development Studies (SDS)

Education & Research

Nandini Nayak has a B. A. (Hons.) degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University; an M. A. in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay; a L. L. B. degree from Delhi University and a PhD in Development Studies from the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her ongoing research is on social movements and their engagement with rights based legislations. Her research interests include the following thematic areas - critical legal studies; political economy of development; political sociology of development; social exclusion, inequality and poverty; gender and development.

Past Employment

Prior to joining AUD, Nandini has taught at the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London and at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. Before starting her career in academics, Nandini worked for several years in the development sector. This included work with ‘Lawyers’ Collective – Women’s Rights Initiative’ and with the ‘Office of the Commissioner of the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case’ (CWP 196/2001, PUCL v. Union of India & others). Nandini has also been associated with the ‘Right to Food Campaign’.

Publications

Book chapters, reviews and journal publications:

  • 2017: N. Nayak, Workers or Beneficiaries: The Varied Politics of NREGA implementation in south-west Madhya Pradesh, in R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram (editors), The Political Economy of Contemporary India, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2017: N. Nayak and S. Nehra, Accessing the Right to Food in Delhi, Economic and Political Weekly, 52(23). Available at http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/23/web-exclusives/accessing-right-food-delhi.html
  • 2017: N. Nayak, Review of Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond by Vivek S., OUP, 2015., South Asia Journal. Available at http://southasiajournal.net/book-review-delivering-public-services-effectively-tamil-nadu-and-beyond-by-vivek-s/
  • 2016: N. Nayak, Women Workers, Collective Action and the “Right to Work” in Madhya Pradesh, in Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Alf Nilsen (editors), Social Movements and the State in India: Deepening Democracy?. Series Title: Rethinking International Development. Heidelberg: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2016: Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, in Jean Drèze (editor), Social Policy. Series Title: Readings on the Economy, Polity and Society: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan and Economic and Political Weekly.
  • 2011: Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, in Reetika Khera (ed.), The Battle for Employment Guarantee, New Delhi, Oxford University Press.
  • 2009: Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India, Economic and Political Weekly, 44(43).
  • 2006: Nayak, N. and N. C. Saxena, 'Implementation of ICDS in Bihar and Jharkhand', Economic and Political Weekly, 41(34).

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Professionl Activities/Awards

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