School of Development Studies
Dr. 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; an 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 the implementation of social policy, especially related to the National Food Security Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Nandini also researches the work of social movements and their engagement with ‘rights based legislations’. Her research interests include the following thematic areas - political economy of development; political sociology of development; social exclusion, inequality and poverty; gender and development.
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’.
Prior to joining AUD, Nandini Nayak 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 the ‘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’.
Book chapters, reviews and journal publications:
|2021||N. Nayak, 2021, Review of Hungry Nation: Food, Famine and the Making of Modern India by Benjamin Robert Siegel. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. 2018. Journal of Agrarian Change. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.|
N. Nayak, 2020, Chasing Rights in Delhi: Social Movements and the National Food Security Act, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 23. https://doi.org/10.4000/samaj.
N. Nayak, Everyday Interactions between Citizen and State, Review of Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India by Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, Cambridge, New York, Port Melbourne (Australia), New Delhi and Singapore: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Economic and Political Weekly, 54(37).
|2019||Social Entitlement Report: NFSA Implementation Study, Chapter on the Public Distribution System, New Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies.|
|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.|
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/|
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.
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.
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.
|Khera, R. and N. Nayak, Women Workers and Perceptions of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India, Economic and Political Weekly, 44(43).|
Nayak, N. and N. C. Saxena, 'Implementation of ICDS in Bihar and Jharkhand', Economic and Political Weekly, 41(34).
Newspaper and magazine articles and other publications:
§ Nayak, N. with Veronica Paz Arauco, Haris Gazdar, Paula Hevia-Pacheco, Naila Kabeer, Amanda Lenhardt, Syeda Quratulain Masood, Haider Naqvi, Andrew Norton, Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal, Elisa Scalise, Andrew Shepherd, Deepak Thapa, Sukhadeo Thorat, D. Hien Tran, Strengthening social justice to address intersecting inequalities post-2015, Co-authored Report, Overseas Development Institute, Cooperation Espanola and UN Sustainable Development Fund.
Project led by Prof. Naila Kabeer, LSE; Andrew Shepherd and Andrew Norton, ODI, UK. See https://www.odi.org/publications/8909-strengthening-social-justice-address-intersecting-inequalities ;
Nayak, N., ‘NREGA: Effects and Implications’, available at http://www.im4change.org.previewdns.com/latest-news-updates/nrega-effects-and-implications-nandini-nayak-24496.html
Invited consultancy paper, titled ‘India: Rights and Guarantees’ written for Overseas Development Institute & UNDP joint project on ‘Intersecting Inequalities’. Project led by Prof Naila Kabeer, LSE; Andrew Shepherd and Andrew Norton, ODI, UK.
R and N. Nayak, ‘What works against women’, Frontline, 26(1), January 3, Chennai, India.
Nayak, N., 'Songs of Hope’, The Hindu: Sunday Magazine, September 14 , Delhi, India.
|2008||Devika Singh, Jean Drèze, Nandini Nayak, Vandana Prasad, Anganwadis for All: Action for the Rights of Children Under Six: A Primer, Series Title: Popular Social Science, National Book Trust of India, New Delhi, India.|
Nayak, N., 'Disintegrated Services', Agenda, October, Pune, India.