Lyla Mehta - Research Fellow
Lyla Mehta is a Professorial Research Fellow at IDS and a Visiting Professor at Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. She trained as a sociologist (University of Vienna) and has a Ph.d. in Development Studies (University of Sussex).
Her work focuses on water and sanitation, forced displacement and resistance, scarcity, rights and access, resource grabbing and the politics of environment/ development and sustainability. More recently, her projects have addressed peri urban dynamics, the politics of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Africa and uncertainty and climate change from below in India. She has extensive field research in India studying the politics of water scarcity, the linkages between gender, displacement and resistance, access to water in peri urban areas and climate change and uncertainty.
Additionally, she has worked on water management issues in southern Africa and studied the cultural and institutional aspects of sanitation in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia and the scaling of community-led total sanitation. Her work uses the case of water to explore conceptual and empirical questions concerning scarcity, power, politics, uncertainty, rights and access to resources, the contested nature of the 'public' and 'private' and the cultural politics of development. She is currently the water and sanitation domain convenor of the STEPS centre.
Learning from Southern Africa on Fair and Effective Integrated Water Resources ManagementIDS Policy Briefing 77 (2014)
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been promoted by international donors, global water organisations and financers as the answer to the water crisis in the Global South. More details
The Potential and Limits of the ‘Resilience Agenda’ in Peri-urban ContextsIDS Policy Briefing 63 (2014)
Today, it is acknowledged that peri-urban space plays a critical and increasing role role is still poorly understood and peri-urban areas are rarely recognised in the in relation to urban expansion. Yet this different relevant decision-making spheres, leading to the political and economic marginalisation of peri-urban residents, who are often among the poor. More details
Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising ContextsIDS Evidence Report 63 (2014)
More than half the world’s population now live in urban areas. In developing countries, these areas will become home to almost all of the projected 50 per cent population growth that will occur between now and 2030, swelling urban populations by a further 1.3 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by 2050 (GMR 2013). More details
Flows and Practices: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in African ContextsIDS Working Paper 438 (2014)
For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been considered the dominant paradigm in water resources. More details
The Global Politics of Water GrabbingThird World Quarterly 34.9 (2013)
The contestation and appropriation of water is not new, but recent global debates on land grabbing are bringing increased attention to a water perspective in these discussions. Water grabbing takes place in a field that is plural-legal, both locally and globally. Formal law has been fostering grabs, both in land and water. More details
Citizenship; Climate Change; Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience; Conflict and Security; Environment; Gender; Migration; Politics and Power; Rights; Science and Society; Water and Sanitation.
South East Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; Bangladesh; Ethiopia; India; Indonesia; South Africa.