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Naomi Hossain - Research Fellow

Governance
T: +44 (0)1273 915687
E: n.hossain@ids.ac.uk

CV

Administrator:
Caroline Martin

Thematic Expertise:
Education; Gender; Gender Justice; Governance; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Unruly Politics; Poverty; Rights; Social Protection. Social Protection.

Geographic Expertise:
Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Indonesia.

Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist with nearly 20 years of development research and advisory experience. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and includes research on elite perceptions of poverty, governance and accountability of education and social protection, and women’s empowerment. Naomi has conducted primary research in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, and cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Since 2009, Naomi has led work tracking the social impacts of economic crises, now in a mixed method research project partnership in 10 countries with Oxfam GB called 'Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility' (2012-15). Naomi is also the lead researcher on a DFID-ESRC funded project called 'Food Riots and Food Rights: the Moral and Political; Economy of Accountability for Hunger' (2012-14).She is also part of an action research project trying to raise the profile of women’s unpaid care work on development policy agendas.

Naomi has done advisory work for DFID, the Indonesian Government, the World Bank and the UN, among others. She is the author of a book on elite perceptions of poverty in Bangladesh as well as journal articles and reports. With colleagues at the World Bank she co-edited Living Through Crises in 2012. Squeezed, the first year output from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, was published in May 2013.

The objective of this research is to improve the prospects for accountability for food security at a time of volatility. This will be achieved through an exploration of the proposition that recent popular mobilisation around food has activated public accountability for hunger.

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The Government of Zambia has initiated a study to look at the affects of the financial crisis on women and children in Zambia.

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Researching the impacts of, and responses to, volatile food prices in poor communities in ten developing countries.

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Promoting a rights perspective to the challenges of poverty, inequality and insecurity.

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Four years on from Irish Aid's landmark Hunger Task Force Report, hunger reduction remains an enormous challenge. This will become more difficult in the context of resource scarcity, climate change, and an increased demand for food in the emerging economies.

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Economic shocks in the form of record rises in food and fuel prices followed by financial crisis and recession have driven home the significance of global economic interdependence for people around the world. These economic crises have confirmed a sense of global connectedness at a time of high concern about the impacts of climate change, epidemics, and conflict.

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How have people and communities experienced recent global economic shocks? In early 2009, the Social Impacts of Crisis project started work in 12 community 'listening posts' in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Yemen and Zambia to answer this question.

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Boy stand by a burning car in the 2008 Mozambique riots.

Them Belly Full (But We Hungry): Food Rights Struggles in Bangladesh, India, Kenya

The green revolution and the global integration of food markets were supposed to relegate scarcity to the annals of history. So why did thousands of people in dozens of countries take to the streets when world food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011? Are food riots the surest route to securing the right to food in the 21st century? More details

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Help Yourself! Food Rights and Responsibilities. Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 2 findings

The second year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life uncovers the grassroots realities of the right to food. More details

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Help Yourself! Food Rights and Responsibilities. Highlights from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 2 findings

The second year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life uncovers the grassroots realities of the right to food. More details

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Food Rights for Real

Does more talk of the right to food and more action on food security amount to more accountability and effectiveness in tackling hunger? More details

This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 439, 'Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices'.

Who Wants to Farm? Youth Aspirations, Opportunities and Rising Food Prices

Who wants to farm? In an era of land grabs and environmental uncertainty, improving smallholder productivity has become a higher priority on the poverty and food security agenda in development, focusing attention on the next generation of farmers. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Squeezed - Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 1 Results

The first year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life find important changes in people's wellbeing and development. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Squeezed - Highlights from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 1 Results

This document is the highlights report for the first year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life find important changes in people's wellbeing and development. More details

Security and the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment: Findings from a Thematic Synthesis of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research

This paper reports on an effort to derive lessons about how security and insecurity shape processes of women’s empowerment in developing countries through a thematic synthesis of a collection of research outputs More details

IDS publications on international development research

Anatomy of Coping

Evidence of People Living through the Crisis 2008 - 11 More details

Non-IDS publication

Living Through Crises - How the Food, Fuel and Financial Shocks Affect the Poor

What did the global food, fuel, and financial crises of 2008-11 mean to people living in the developing world? How did people cope with the crisis and how effective were they at averting major impacts? These are the questions addressed by this book, which emerged out of qualitative crisis monitoring initiatives carried out by IDS and the World Bank. More details

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Time to Reimagine Development

The major global crises of the past four years have collectively had a dramatic impact on people's lives and livelihoods – but have they also had a large impact on core ideas underlying mainstream development? More details

This is the cover of National Discourses on Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh: Continuities and Change

National Discourses on Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh: Continuities and Change

This paper explores how these perceptions and narratives around women’s empowerment have evolved in Bangladesh from 2000 to date. More details

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