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Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

Sohela Nazneen has 17 years of experience working on gender and development issues. Her research focuses on gender and politics, feminist movement, women’s empowerment and violence against women in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa.

Before joining IDS, Sohela was a faculty member at the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, and a Research Fellow based at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University, in Bangladesh. She worked as a consultant- designing gender and development interventions, conducting programme evaluations and gender policy analysis for the FAO, UNDP, SDC, Irish Aid, The Asia Foundation, The McArthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-among others. Sohela’s recent publications include: Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: the Politics of Domestic Violence Policy (Routledge, 2019)- a comparative study of six countries- based on her research for the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) center, University of Manchester, UK. She was also a guest editor for special issue on ‘Contentious Empowerment: Women, Development and Power in South Asia’ in Contemporary South Asia (vol 27 no 4).  She has published in World Development, Women’s Studies International Forum, Studies in Family Planning, among others.

At IDS, Sohela leads IDS’ Strategic Research Initiative areas on ‘Resisting backlash against gender equity, social justice and civic space,’ and is the convenor of IDS’ flagship MA programme on Gender and Development.  She is the political economy lead for the ESRC funded project ‘Sustaining Power: Women’s Struggles Against Contemporary Backlash in South Asia’ and co-ordinates the research in Bangladesh and Nepal. Sohela is the workstream lead on the thematic area- ‘Voice and Women’s Rights’ for the Sida funded programme on Countering Backlash Reclaiming Gender Justice, where Sohela co-ordinates research, convening and capacity building work with partners in Bangladesh, India, Uganda, Lebanon and Brazil. Sohela also co-convenes the ‘Gendered Contentions’ workstream focusing on women’s leadership and claim-making in conflict affected settings for the Action for Empowerment and Accountability Programme (A4EA). Sohela is the gender and methods lead for the British Academy Funded project- the Gendered Price of Precarity, which explores workplace sexual harassment and youth mobilisation in informal sectors in Uganda and Bangladesh.

Sohela currently supervises the following PhD students:

Susana Araujo whose PhD thesis is titled ‘The Dynamics of Social Movements and Countermovements around Gender Equality in Peru’.

Alexandra Obeng—Gyaaba whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Women and Political Appointment: A Study of the Local Government of Ghana’.

Meenakshi Krishnan whose PhD thesis is titled ‘The Ethics of Mainstreaming Care: A Study of the Maternity Benefit Policy in India’.

Andrea Papan whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Gender and Development Higher Education: Exploring Pedagogical Approaches, Learning Outcomes, and Potential for Promoting Gender Transformative Change Over Time’.

Fauzia Issaka whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Impact of Autonomous Youth Activism on Progress to Gender Justice’.

Ayesha Khan whose PhD thesis is titled ‘Feminist Actors, Political Voice and Gender Policies in Pakistan’.

 

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Research

Programme

Youth employment and politics

Over 40 percent of global populations are under 25 yet young people cannot secure work and increasingly face a crisis of citizenship. Youth Employment and Politics at IDS builds on decades of research to develop knowledge and evidence that contributes to effective interventions that supports,...

Project

Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme for Bangladesh (CLEAR)

The Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme (CLEAR) is a 2.5 year FCDO-funded programme to support an evidence-informed Covid-19 response and recovery in Bangladesh. The pandemic has disrupted production in agriculture, industry and the informal sector- creating a new class of poor....

Project

The Gendered Price of Precarity

Marjoke Oosterom and Sohela Nazneen have won a British Academy Grant under the GCRF Youth Futures Call. The project, ‘The gendered price of precarity: Workplace sexual harassment and young women's agency’, will focus on female workers in Uganda and Bangladesh. The study aims to contribute to...

Programme

Pakistan Hub

The Pakistan Hub provides focus in a country at the leading edge of development thinking and practice and is centered on a long-term partnership between IDS and the highly regarded Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It recognises that...

Opinions

Publications

Brief

Tackling Workplace Sexual Harassment

IDS Policy Briefing 195

Based on case study research with factory and domestic workers in Bangladesh and Uganda, this briefing explains how social and gender norms constrain young women’s voices and agency in response to sexual harassment.

23 May 2022

Journal Article

Introduction: Feminist Protests and Politics in a World in Crisis

Welcome to Gender & Development’s special double issue on Feminist Protests and Politics in a World in Crisis. This double issue was produced during a global pandemic that has triggered a deep economic crisis and an unprecedented public health emergency worldwide. When we were approached to...

Awino Okech

7 December 2021

Sohela Nazneen’s recent work

News

Research coalition to support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response and recovery

New IDS-coordinated research programme, launched yesterday, will disburse research grants from a fund of £1 million (BDT 12 crores) to support evidence-informed Covid-19 response and recovery and improve preparedness to tackle future crises in Bangladesh. Over 80 representatives from...

4 February 2022

Past Event

Support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 response and recovery: call for proposals

Please join us for the launch of Covid-19 Learning, Evidence and Research Programme for Bangladesh (CLEAR) and hear about our call for proposals. CLEAR is a two-and-half year research programme led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in partnership with the BRAC Institute of...

3 February 2022

News

New CLEAR research programme to aid Covid recovery in Bangladesh

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is launching a new initiative in Bangladesh to generate policy-relevant research and evidence to support Covid-19 recovery and increase resilience to future shocks. Supported by the UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO),...

4 October 2021