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Nicholas Nisbett - Research Fellow

Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction
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Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Aid; Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Children and Youth; Food Security; Gender; Health; ICTs; Nutrition; Vulnerability Hunger and Nutrition; Politics and Power; Poverty; Rural Poverty; Urban Poverty; Science and Society; Work and Labour.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; India.

Nicholas Nisbett is an anthropologist and geographer with research interests in nutrition, poverty and food security; and the relationship between knowledge, gender, class and capital in South Asia.

He is currently leading work within the Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium to explore the political economy of nutrition policy and programming in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. This work focuses in particular on the role of leadership, visibility and accountability in creating a wider political 'enabling environment' to support action on undernutrition.

Before joining IDS, Nick worked for the UK Government, where he advised and led teams on agricultural trade policy and land and marine based natural resource management; and led a major international policy research programme, the Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures. Nick's doctoral research, based on fieldwork in Bangalore's internet cafes and IT institutes, considered the role of gender, class and capital in shaping friendship, courtship and strategies for social mobility within the Indian IT economy.

IDS and AllAfrica have teamed up to produce and distribute compelling multi-media content on critical issues for Africa’s future, as part of a development reporting initiative.

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UNICEF and IDS are collaborating to undertake an in-depth analysis of the factors that may have led to the 16% decline in child stunting in Maharashtra evidenced in surveys covering the period 2006-2012.

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The DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh aims to improve nutrition outcomes for children, mothers and adolescent girls by integrating the delivery of a number of nutrition specific (or direct) interventions with livelihood support provided to extremely poor people by three existing programmes in Bangladesh.

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MQSUN aims to provide DFID with technical services to improve the quality of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programmes. Services will be provided on a call down basis to DFID country offices over a period of four years.

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What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition. This study of individuals identified as influential within nutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and India examines why individuals champion nutrition policy, of their countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Why Worry about the Politics of Child Undernutrition

Undernutrition affects over 2 billion people; but most of the global policy focus has been on technical solutions rather than an understanding of nutrition politics. This paper reviews existing literature on nutrition politics and policy. More details

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The Politics of Reducing Malnutrition: Building Commitment and Accelerating Progress

In the past 5 years, political discourse about the challenge of undernutrition has increased substantially at national and international levels and has led to stated commitments from many national governments, international organisations, and donors. More details

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Improving Child Nutrition: The Achievable Imperative for Global Progress

UNICEF’s 2009 report Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal Nutrition drew attention to the impact of high levels of undernutrition on child survival, growth and development and their social and economic toll on nations.This report builds on those earlier findings by highlighting new developments and demonstrating that efforts to scale up nutrition programmes are working, benefiting children in many countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Youth and the Practice of IT Enterprise: Narratives of the Knowledge Society and the Creation of New Subjectivities Amongst Bangalore's IT Aspirants

This chapter focuses on the experience of the knowledge society amongst Bangalore's entrepreneurial young IT aspirants. Narratives of the middle classes aspiring to work in Bangalore's software and wider outsourcing industries are examined alongside narratives of those who have already attained the IT dream. More details

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Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: Studies in Youth, Class, Work and Media

The promotion of an enterprise culture and entrepreneurship in India in recent decades has had far-reaching implications beyond the economy, and transformed social and cultural attitudes and conduct. More details

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The Neglected Crisis of Undernutrition: Evidence for Action

DFID's paper 'The Neglected Crisis of Undernutrition: Evidence for Action' (2009) provided a comprehensive literature review on the causes, consequences and potential actions to resolve maternal and child undernutrition. More details

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Growing up in the Knowledge Society: Living the IT Dream in Bangalore

This work is an ethnographic investigation into the everyday lives of young people growing up and living in contemporary Bangalore. More details

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Friendship, Consumption, Morality: Practicing Identity, Negotiating Hierarchy in Middle Class Bangalore

This article examines the shared social and cultural practices of a group of young middle-class men in Bangalore. More details

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