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Naomi Hossain

Research Fellow

Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises.

She has researched elite perceptions of poverty, accountability in education and social protection, and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the UK, and led cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

Most recently she was the Principal Investigator on the DFID-ESRC funded research project Food Riots and Food Rights: the moral and political economy of accountability for hunger Project (2012-14) and a research lead on the IDS/Oxfam GB Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project. Her book on the political effects of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh, The Aid Lab, was published by Oxford University Press in February 2017.

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Research

Project

The Politics of Implementing Social Protection in Bangladesh

This project undertakes comparative research into the under-researched issue of the politics of implementation of social protection programmes. It studies cases in Bangladesh as a contribution to a wider comparative study of how the implementation of social protection is both shaped by and...

Opinions

Opinion

Fear of a fragile planet

COVID-19 has overnight destroyed the old divide between the fragile, mostly developing countries of the global South and the supposedly stable, mostly rich countries of the global North. No government has been able to protect their citizens from a viral threat, and now a third of the world’s...

8 April 2020

Publications

Journal Article

Introduction: Contentious Women’s Empowerment in South Asia

Questions of women's power remain a matter of heated debate globally, but take on a heightened intensity in a South Asia featuring rapid economic growth and structural transformation in recent decades. This Special Issue aims to improve understanding of how the women of South Asia are gaining...

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Sohela Nazneen & 2 others

28 November 2019

Naomi Hossain’s recent work

Past Event

The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh’s Unexpected Success

Development aid often gets bad press because it is seen as ineffective in lifting countries out of poverty. In The Aid Lab, Naomi Hossain argues that aid can work, even in extremely unpromising contexts. The Aid Lab examines the extraordinary case of Bangladesh.

27 March 2017